The Panthers beat Capitals in OT for their first streak since 1996

WASHINGTON (AP) – Jonathan Huberdeau couldn’t remember what it was like to be on the smiling side of a handshake line.

The feelings were so strong after he and the Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in extra time on Friday night to win Game 6 and move on to round two that Huberdeau wants to do it again and again.

“We didn’t know how it felt,” he said. “Now we might as well go all the way.”

It’s a long way off, but getting out of the first round was an important first step for Presidents’ Trophy winners who have won the franchise’s first playoff series since 1996. Ending that drought at age 26 required a rebound of the Capitals. they equalized the score with 1:03 from the end of the regulation and getting another great goal from top scorer Carter Verhaeghe 2:46 in extra time to move forward.

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