Luongo saves 53 to deny Caps, 3-2


Luongo made a season-high 53 saves to help the Florida Panthers end a 13-game road losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Capitals at MCI Center last night.

"Once they got on a roll, they were firing it from every angle possible," Luongo said. "Luckily, there weren't that many bad bounces."

Nathan Horton, Jozef Stumpel and Rostislav Olesz scored for Florida, which won on the road for the first time since Oct. 25.

Luongo made his biggest save with six minutes left, stopping rookie star Alexander Ovechkin on a breakaway.

Chris Clark and Brian Sutherby scored for the Capitals, who broke the club record of 53 shots set Dec. 11, 1981, against Toronto.

"Luongo was unbelievable," Sutherby said. "When you get 55, 56 shots, you hope to win hockey games and it's frustrating. It's a game that I think we should have won. Cap off to him, he played well."

Clark opened the scoring with a short-handed goal at 9:48 of the first period, and Horton tied it 1:16 later with a power-play goal.

Stumpel gave Florida the lead with a power-play goal with 3:08 left in the second period. Olesz made it 3-1 at 4:18 of the third period.Olaf Kolzig made 31 saves for Washington.

Avalanche 2, Rangers 1 -- Joe Sakic scored a pair of goals 19 seconds apart in the second period - the second on a penalty shot - and visiting Colorado ended a three-game losing streak with the win over New York. Sakic broke open a scoreless game with a power-play goal at 13:52 of the second period. While that was being announced, Sakic was hooked by Martin Straka as he came in alone and was awarded his fifth career penalty shot.

Stars 5, Blackhawks 3 -- Mike Modano and Jere Lehtinen each had a goal and an assist as streaking Dallas beat host Chicago. Jussi Jokinen, Jason Arnott and Nathan Perrott also scored for Dallas, which has won seven of its past eight games and 12 of 14. The Blackhawks have lost three of four.

Mighty Ducks 5, Sharks 4 -- Rob Niedermayer scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and host Anaheim beat San Jose to end the Sharks' six-game winning streak. Grant Stevenson had two goals for the Sharks, who lost for the first time with Joe Thornton in uniform.

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