Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers set a record for the longest shootout in NHL history. Panthers center Nick Bjugstad beat Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby in the 20th round to give the home team a 2-1 victory.
By the end, each team had cycled through its entire roster of available shooters, forcing several players to take second attempts. The previous record for the longest NHL shootout was 15 rounds.
The teams had played a fairly unremarkable game for 60 minutes of regulation and five minutes of overtime. Each team scored once — the Panthers took the lead in the first period before the Capitals tied it up in the second.
From the video of the shootout, it's evident that the excitement level at the BB&T Center rose with each successive round. For a team like the Panthers, which has struggled with poor attendance at its home games, setting NHL history with a win on home ice may help buoy fan morale. What's more, after 14 years with only one playoff appearance, the Panthers are above .500 and in the thick of this season's playoff race.
(Skip ahead to 17:43 to see Bjugstad's game-winning goal.)
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