Panthers beat Capitals in OT to win first series 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 overtime Friday night to win Game 6 and advance to the second round that Huberdeau is looking to repeat it over and over.

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

That’s a long way off, but getting out of the first round was a strong first step for the Presidents’ Trophy winners, who won the franchise’s first playoff series since 1996. Ending that drought at 26 took rebound from the Capitals, leveling the score with 1:03 left in regulation and getting another big goal from top scorer Carter Verhaeghe 2:46 in overtime to continue.

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