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(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers will try to avoid a third consecutive loss today, when they visit the Washington Capitals for an afternoon tilt at the Verizon Center.

The Panthers lost an overtime decision to Carolina on Tuesday and were handed another close setback by visiting Toronto on Thursday. The Maple Leafs held on for the 3-2 win thanks in part to John Pohl's game-winning marker in the second period.

Alex Auld absorbed the loss for the Panthers, who have dropped five of seven and are still last in the Southeast Division with 44 points. Auld surrendered all three goals while facing just 14 shots over two periods. He was then pulled in favor of Ed Belfour, who turned aside five chances the rest of the way.

Gregory Campbell and Ville Peltonen each scored goals in the third period for the Panthers.

After today's tilt, Florida won't play again until next Saturday, when they return from the All-Star break with a home test against New Jersey.

Meanwhile, the Capitals ended a three-game skid with Thursday's victory at Carolina. Alexander Semin and Chris Clark each scored two goals to lead Washington past the Hurricanes, 5-2.

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