Reports of the Capitals’ death have been greatly exaggerated.
Just minutes into the frame, Jakub Vrana found Brett Connolly alone in the low circle, and The Con Man slung it home to make it 4-2 Florida.
Then Czech wunderkind Jakub Vrana one-timed home a DAGGER and did his best Ovi Leap into the glass, cutting it to 4-3 Panthers.
AND THEN DEVANTE SNIPE-CELLY DEVANTE SMITH-PELLY CHASED HOME HIS OWN REBOUND, chopping the puck home to knot this one allllllllllllll the way back at 4-4!
But on a 5-on-3 advantage, the Panthers’ Jonathan Huberdeau finally cashed in, making it 5-4 after forty.
Third period ahead...