(Sunrise) Carter Verhaeghe set a Panthers playoff record with five points and Florida rallied from a three-goal deficit on Wednesday, beating the Washington Capitals 5-3 to take a 3-2 series lead.

Verhaeghe had two goals and three assists.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves for the Panthers, who were down 3-0 after 3:38 in the second period.

Patric Hornqvist, Claude Giroux and Sam Reinhart also scored for Florida. Aleksander Barkov was instrumental in two goals.

T.J. Oshie scored twice in a losing cause. Justin Schultz also hit the target, while Ilya Samsonov blocked 33 shots.

Verhaeghe broke a record set by Ray Sheppard on April 22, 1996.

Game 6 is Friday in Washington.

If a seventh meeting was needed, it would be Sunday, at Sunrise.

At 3:04 into the third period, Verhaeghe broke the 3-3 deadlock with his second goal of the night. Giroux added an insurance goal at 15:55.

In the regular season, the Panthers led the NHL with 29 games where they had to catch up. This includes five wins where the opponent had a three-goal cushion.

Florida led a 3-2 series most recently in 2012, but New Jersey won the next two games.

The Caps’ 3-0 lead was eaten away and destroyed 7:51 into the second period.

Since the start of the season, Washington was 20-1-0 with a priority of at least three goals. The loss was suffered against the Panthers on November 30.

A blemish on the Cats’ record: Florida is 0-for-16 in the series, after going 0-for-3 on Wednesday.



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