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Panthers End 13-Game Road Losing Streak

December 19, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Roberto 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 Washington Capitals on Sunday night.

Nathan Horton, Jozef Stumpel and Rostislav Olesz scored for the Panthers, 3-13-3 on the road this season. The victory was Florida’s first on the road since an overtime win over Pittsburgh on Oct. 25.

Chris Clark and Brian Sutherby scored for the Capitals, who set a team record with 55 shots on goal. Washington broke the mark of 53, set Dec. 11, 1981, against Toronto.

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, and Sutherby completed the scoring with 4:56 remaining.

Florida was 2-for-4 on the power play, and Washington failed to score in six chances _ including a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:48 of the second period.

Olaf Kolzig made 31 saves for Washington.

Florida’s Chris Gratton and Washington’s Matt Bradley fought twice.

Notes: The Capitals promoted forward Eric Fehr, the team’s first-round pick in 2003, from Hershey of the American Hockey League. Fehr had 13 goals and 15 assists in 29 games this season for Hershey. ... Washington has three short-handed goals in its last four games and seven this season. ... Horton has nine goals in his last 10 games.

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