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Panthers’ Luongo solid in goal

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WASHINGTON — Roberto Luongo was especially encouraged by two of his 38 saves.

The Florida Panthers goalie stopped a pair of Washington breakaways and also stoned Peter Bondra twice in the final 24 seconds in a 2-1 victory over the Capitals on Monday night.

Luongo was most pleased with the breakaway stops.

"It's never been one of my strong points," Luongo said. "But tonight was a pretty good start to get better."

Washington coach Ron Wilson was more impressed by Luongo's work against some of his stars.

"He was fantastic," Wilson said. "He made some good saves against some top people."

Luongo stopped seven shots by Sergei Gonchar, six by Jaromir Jagr, five by Sylvain Cote, and four apiece by Chris Simon, Adam Oates and Bondra.

Luongo recorded his 37th save on a shot by Bondra after the Capitals had pulled goalie Craig Billington with 24 seconds remaining, then capped his brilliant evening by stopping another shot from Bondra 10 seconds later.

Pavel Bure and Ivan Novoseltsev scored for the Panthers.

Oates had Washington's goal.

SENATORS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3: Ottawa defensemen Karel Rachunek and Wade Redden each had two points as the Senators stopped Toronto's three-game winning streak.

Held to a franchise-low 10 shots in a 3-1 loss in Toronto on Saturday, Ottawa got goals from Andre Roy, Mike Fisher, Marian Hossa and Rachunek at home despite directing just 16 shots at Curtis Joseph.

KINGS 3, DEVILS 2: Ian Laperriere scored two goals, including the game-winner with 2:05 remaining, to lead Los Angeles to the win in New Jersey.

The Kings, winners of three straight, also got a goal from Adam Deadmarsh. Felix Potvin made 25 saves.

The Devils, who have played five straight one-goal games, got goals from John Madden and Jay Pandolfo.