Panthers beat Capitals 3-2 in OT, tie playoff series

Carter Verhaeghe scores second goal in OT
Florida Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe watches puck get past Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov, May 9, 2022
Posted at 10:17 PM, May 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-09 22:17:01-04

WASHINGTON — Sam Reinhart tied it late in regulation, Carter Verhaeghe scored his second of the game in overtime and the Presidents' Trophy-winning Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Monday night in Game 4 to tie the first-round series.

Verhaeghe scored 4:57 into overtime to keep the NHL's best regular-season team from getting pushed to the brink of elimination much earlier in the playoffs than expected.

It's a best-of-three series now with Game 5 Wednesday night at Florida.

The Panthers were just over two minutes away from facing the prospect of getting knocked out at home before Reinhart scored with 2:04 left in the third period.