Semin, Ovechkin lead Caps comeback to beat Panthers 2-1

Capitals' Jeff Halpern (15) reaches for the puck as Florida Panthers' Keaton Ellerby (4) drives, Friday night. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Semin scores winner as Capitals beat Panthers 2-1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Alexander Semin scored the tiebreaking goal and Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves against his former team as the Washington Capitals beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night.

Alex Ovechkin also scored as the Capitals moved two points behind the first-place Panthers in the Southeast Division.

Tomas Fleischmann scored for Florida and Jose Theodore stopped 39 shots.

Semin took a slap shot from above the right circle, and the puck deflected off the stick of Florida's Sean Bergenheim and past Theodore's glove with 6:33 to go.

The Capitals tied the score on Ovechkin's power-play goal at 4:47 of the third. It was his team-leading 24th goal of the season.