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game recap

Flyers 6, Capitals 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 6, Capitals 4
Philadelphia Flyers 6, Washington Capitals 4

WASHINGTON (AP) -The thrills and spills started early, with a goal and two penalties in the first 3 1/2 minutes.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals put on a performance featuring plenty of hard hits and 10 goals, including one from the NHL's first $100 million man. The Flyers remained the hotter of the streaking teams with a 6-4 victory Sunday.

"It was a good hockey game," said Philadelphia center Mike Richards, who put in a rebound that slowed the Capitals' comeback bid in the third period. "Everyone played hard. There were some hits, scoring. Everything that you'd want in a hockey game, there was today. They're playing really well right now; we're playing really well right now."

Mike Knuble had his first two-goal game of the season, and Jim Dowd, R.J. Umberger and Kimmo Timonen also scored for the Flyers, who have won seven of nine and rebounded from an overtime loss at home to Boston on Saturday.

"It can be tough to come back the next day," Knuble said. "But we regrouped really well and didn't hang our heads when we were down 1-0."

In a game of wild swings, the Flyers took a 4-1 lead and chased goalie Olie Kolzig in the second period. The Capitals cut the deficit to 4-3 before Richards scored with 11:37 remaining in the game to restore Philadelphia's two-goal lead.

Michael Nylander's 200th NHL goal with 6:51 to play pulled the Capitals within one, but Timonen added an empty-netter in the final minute.

Alex Ovechkin notched his 33rd goal of the season in his first game since signing a 13-year, $124 million contract, and Alexander Semin and Mike Green also scored for the Capitals, who had won four of five and were hoping to make the most of their season-high, five-game homestand to get into playoff contention.

The Flyers Mike Knuble, left, works the puck as Capitals goalie Brent Johnson, center, and Mike Green, right, defend during the third period of Philadelphia's 6-4 win at Washington on Sunday. Knuble had two first-period goals in the game. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

"There was a lot of try there, but we made too many mistakes," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We talk about it, we look at it, we work on it. In our zone, we talk about turnovers. I think they got every goal off turnovers."

The Flyers were playing their third game in four days, while the Capitals had played only once in seven days. The extra rest didn't seem to help, especially on special teams. The Capitals went 0-for-5 on the power play and allowed a short-handed goal. The Flyers were 1-for-3.

"Always seems to be too cute," Boudreau said of Washington's power play. "It starts with shots and you make plays. If you want to make five passes and score, that doesn't happen. It might happen once every 10 to 15 times, but if it only happens once every 10 to 15 times, your percentage is pretty low."

Philadelphia goalie Martin Biron was screened on Semin's slap shot from the right circle to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead, but Knuble scored on a pair of rebounds later in the period. He poked his stick behind Kolzig's skate on the first one and wristed in a long carom from the goalie on the second.

 

Martin Biron (43) intercepts a shot by the Caps Mike Green during the second period. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

In the second period, Dowd scored a short-handed goal, and Umberger's slap shot from the left circle put the Capitals in a three-goal hole. Boudreau then removed Kolzig for Brent Johnson, who made his first appearance since spraining his knee against Pittsburgh on Dec. 27.

Washington responded with two quick goals - Green's high slap shot through a screen and Ovechkin's rocket from the left circle. Johnson did his part by leaning backward to get a glove on the puck after Simon Gagne appeared to have an open net to put in a rebound.

But the rebound was again kind to the Flyers in the third period. Richards scored after Johnson's save on Steve Downie, and Richards and Downie - who were skating toward each other anyway - quickly embraced.

Notes: Captain Chris Clark returned for the Capitals after missing 18 games with a groin injury, but he was able to play only nine minutes. He said he tweaked the groin, but indicated that it wasn't a serious setback. ... D Tom Poti, who had missed three games with an upper body injury, also returned for Washington. ... Kolzig made his 11th straight start.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:22
WSH
Alexander Semin (7) Snap shot - ASST: Michael Nylander (26), Chris Clark (4)
1 - 0 WSH
08:45
PHI
Mike Knuble (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Scottie Upshall (5), Jeff Carter (11)
1 - 1 Tie
15:29
PHI
PPG - Mike Knuble (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Kimmo Timonen (16), Simon Gagne (6)
2 - 1 PHI
2nd Period
05:09
PHI
SHG - Jim Dowd (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Kimmo Timonen (17), Scott Hartnell (11)
3 - 1 PHI
06:08
PHI
R.J. Umberger (7) Slapshot - ASST: Randy Jones (16)
4 - 1 PHI
06:32
WSH
Mike Green (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Quintin Laing (3), Boyd Gordon (6)
4 - 2 PHI
11:10
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (33) Snap shot - ASST: Viktor Kozlov (21), Mike Green (14)
4 - 3 PHI
3rd Period
08:23
PHI
Mike Richards (20) Backhand shot - ASST: Steve Downie (3)
5 - 3 PHI
13:09
WSH
Michael Nylander (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (23), Alex Ovechkin (21)
5 - 4 PHI
19:22
PHI
EN - Kimmo Timonen (6) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 4 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
02:10
PHI
R.J. Umberger  Tripping against  Boyd Gordon
02:18
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Tripping against  Mike Richards
03:08
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Slashing against  Alexander Semin
13:31
WSH
Michael Nylander  Holding against  Daniel Briere
2nd Period
03:18
PHI
Jason Smith  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Bradley
03:18
WSH
Matt Bradley  Fighting (maj) against  Jason Smith
03:18
PHI
Jason Smith  Instigator against  Matt Bradley
03:18
PHI
Jason Smith  Misconduct (10 min) against  Matt Bradley
07:18
PHI
Jeff Carter  Slashing against  Viktor Kozlov
13:12
WSH
John Erskine  Roughing against  Riley Cote
13:12
WSH
Donald Brashear  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jim Dowd
13:12
PHI
Riley Cote  Roughing against  John Erskine
13:12
PHI
Jim Dowd  Roughing against  Donald Brashear
13:12
WSH
John Erskine  Hooking against  Riley Cote
18:22
WSH
Donald Brashear  Interference against  R.J. Umberger
3rd Period
10:58
PHI
Mike Knuble  Interference against  Shaone Morrisonn
goalie stats
Martin Biron
SA: 32TOI: 59:56
Saves: 28EV: 24 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Brent Johnson
SA: 15TOI: 33:30
Saves: 14EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
Olie Kolzig
SA: 16TOI: 26:08
Saves: 12EV: 6 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .750SH: 1 - 2