On Friday night, Carter Verhaeghe scored 2:46 into overtime to give the Florida Panthers a decisive 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals.
The Panthers win the series in six games, 4-2, and now advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, where they will face either the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Florida’s Claude Giroux led the way, finishing with three points on the night. Giroux tied the game 2-2 midway through the third period before assisting on both Aleksander Barkov’s third-period winner and Verhaeghe’s winner in overtime.
Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 34 saves on 37 shots and helped kill 1 of Washington’s 4 powerplays.
After a scoreless first period, the Capitals and Panthers traded goals in the second period and were tied 1-1 heading into the third.
Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:37 into the third period to give the Capitals the lead before Giroux tied the game at 8:18. The Panthers thought they had the winner when Barkov scored at 14:17 to make it 3-2, but Washington’s TJ Oshie scored a power-play goal with just over a minute to go to kick things off. extension.
Despite allowing the tying goal late, the Panthers wasted no time in securing the OT winner, sending the Capitals home for the season.
The Panthers will face the winner of Saturday’s Game 7 between the Maple Leafs and the Lightning in the next round.