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Capitals 4, Panthers 0

December 24, 1998

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) _ Brian Bellows and Calle Johansson scored power-play goals and Olaf Kolzig notched his third shutout to lift Washington to a 4-0 victory over Florida on Wednesday night.

The loss deprived Florida of its first three-game winning streak of the season and the Panthers finished off a season-long six-game homestand at 3-2-1.

Kolzig finished with 29 saves for his 10th career shutout. He made back-to-back spectacular saves at 12:30 of the second period when he stopped Dave Gagner and Radek Dvorak.

The Capitals clinched their third victory of the month with a shorthanded goal by Andrei Nikolishin at 5:23 of the third period for a 3-0 lead. At 15:01, Ken Klee’s slap shot from the point made it 4-0. Peter Bondra assisted on both.

Johansson scored a power-play goal at 2:40 of the second period for a 1-0 Capitals’ lead. Washington entered the game with the league’s 26th-ranked power play before converting 2-of-4 chances.

Florida, whose home power play had been clicking lately, was 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

Joe Juneau won the faceoff and got it back to Johansson in the slot. His wrist shot beat Burke to the glove side for his fourth goal. Steve Konowalchuk also received an assist, his first of two.

With Johan Garpenlov in the penalty box, Ed Jovanovski’s clearing pass was deflected off Bill Lindsay and right to Bellows in front. He lifted the puck over Burke for a 2-0 lead at 16:21 for an unassisted goal, his fifth of the season and 473rd of his 17-year career.

Johansson scored the tying goal of a 2-2 game played earlier this season with Florida.

Despite outshooting the Capitals 20-12 after two periods and 29-20 overall, Florida trailed 2-0. Washington is now 6-0-1 with a lead after two and Florida dropped to 0-9-1.

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