WASHINGTON (AP) -Alex Ovechkin finally figured out the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers, though, still know how to get the best of Ovechkin's Washington Capitals, and they managed to do it this time with a three-goals-in-five-shots spurt during the third period.
"We just felt that if we kept skating, kept pucks deep, make them turn and go back," Philadelphia coach John Stevens said, "good things would happen."
Did they ever.
After Ovechkin's assist and league-high 44th goal - his first points of the season against Philadelphia - gave Washington the lead, the Flyers came back behind Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell to beat the Capitals 4-2 Tuesday night.
"We kind of lost our head there in the third. We didn't play smart defensively. We were running around a little bit," Washington forward Boyd Gordon said. "They've got a lot of skill up front. They've got guys that'll take advantage of it, and they definitely did."
Carter entered the night having gone a season-worst five games without a goal.
Stevens juggled his lines, but then decided to go back to Carter's usual setup in the third period, with Hartnell and Joffrey Lupul. It worked.
Philadelphia tied it 9:11 into the final period on Hartnell's 22nd goal, off assists from Lupul and Carter. Then, 1:25 later, Carter's 35th goal - with assists from Lupul and Hartnell - put Philadelphia ahead for the first time.
"They played well. They've been playing well all year," Flyers forward Mike Richards said. "You're going to go up and down sometimes throughout the year; you're not always going to get the breaks. (They are) three veteran players that have been through a lot of hockey games and stepped up when we really needed them."
At Montreal, Jaroslav Halak made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season and Tomas Plekanec had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens.
Plekanec scored his 16th goal late in the first period and set up Andrei Markov's power-play goal in the second. Maxim Lapierre scored into an empty net with 5.8 seconds remaining.
Roberto Luongo stopped 14 shots for Vancouver, which ended a four-game winning streak.
At Nashville, Tenn., Jason Arnott, J.P Dumont, David Legwand, Joel Ward and Shea Weber scored for the Predators, who entered the final period down 3-1.
Dustin Byfuglien, Martin Havlat and Patrick Kane scored for Chicago.
At St. Paul, Minn., Drew Doughty scored the deciding shootout goal and Jonathan Quick denied Brent Burns, the Wild's final shooter, to seal it for Los Angeles.
Jack Johnson scored for the Kings and Antii Miettinen for the Wild in regulation.
At St. Louis, Jay McClement scored short-handed for the go-ahead goal, spoiling a four-minute Coyotes power play in the second period.
St. Louis improved to 26-26-8, reaching the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 10, and has two wins and an overtime loss in the last three games despite scoring only four goals.
Shane Doan scored his 250th career goal for Phoenix, which has lost 10 of 13.
At Calgary, Alberta, Jarome Iginla scored twice and added two assists and Mike Cammelleri had a goal and two assists for the Flames.
Iginla has four goals in his last four games after a stretch in which he scored just twice in 19 games.
Calgary opened a 10-point lead over Vancouver in the Northwest Division.
R.J. Umberger scored for Columbus.
At Edmonton, Alberta, Sheldon Souray scored twice and the Oilers snapped a three-game skid. Erik Cole, Jason Strudwick and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Edmonton.
Cory Murphy had two goals and Steven Stamkos also scored for the Lightning, who have lost five of their last six.
At Buffalo, N.Y., Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 34 shots against the injury-depleted Sabres.
Todd Marchant, with a short-handed goal, and Mike Brown scored in the second period to break open a game tied at 1. Teemu Selanne also scored for the Ducks, who snapped a five-game winless streak at Buffalo (0-3-2).
Ales Kotalik had a goal and an assist, and Paul Gaustad scored for Buffalo, which was playing its first game without starting goaltender Ryan Miller, out indefinitely after spraining his left ankle Saturday.
At Boston, rookie fourth-line winger Byron Bitz scored his second and third NHL goals in the opener of the Bruins' six-game homestand.
Michael Ryder, returning from a seven-game absence after surgery to repair facial fractures, had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who won only their second in eight games.
Kamil Kreps scored for Florida.
At Atlanta, Ilya Kovalchuk got his 10th goal in eight games, and the Thrashers had two short-handed scores to win for just the fifth time in their last 21 games at Philips Arena.
Kovalchuk's 31st goal was a redirection 4:07 into the game. The Thrashers captain has 28 points, including 20 goals, in the last 24 games.
Milan Hejduk had his 21st and 22nd goals for Colorado, which has lost six of nine.
At Ottawa, Dany Heatley reached the 30-goal mark for the fourth straight time and fifth in his seven NHL seasons to lead the Senators.
Heatley and Chris Kelly scored goals 46 seconds apart in the first period for Ottawa.
Mike Comrie, acquired from the New York Islanders in a trade last Friday, also scored as the Senators struck three times in the opening 20 minutes to chase Carolina goalie Cam Ward.
Patrick Eaves and Anton Babchuk scored for Carolina, which had its three-game win streak stopped.
|PPG - Nicklas Backstrom (16) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (35), Sergei Fedorov (18)|
1 - 0 WSH
|Alex Ovechkin (44) ASST: NONE|
2 - 0 WSH
|PPG - Claude Giroux (4) ASST: Mike Richards (38), Braydon Coburn (16)|
2 - 1 WSH
|Scott Hartnell (22) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (18), Jeff Carter (27)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Jeff Carter (35) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (19), Scott Hartnell (23)|
3 - 2 PHI
|Arron Asham (5) ASST: Glen Metropolit (10), Riley Cote (3)|
4 - 2 PHI
|Power Play %||23.4%||25.3%|
|% on Road||18.6%||23.7%|
|% at Home||28.0%||26.8%|
|Scottie Upshall Interference against Mike Green|
|David Steckel Holding against Ossi Vaananen|
|Scott Hartnell Interference against Mike Green|
|Simon Gagne Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|John Erskine Slashing against Scottie Upshall|
|Michael Nylander Slashing against Matthew Carle|
|Scott Hartnell Slashing against Shaone Morrisonn|
|Milan Jurcina Slashing against Joffrey Lupul|
|Alexander Semin Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Matthew Carle Tripping against Alexander Semin|
|Donald Brashear Tripping against Scott Hartnell|
|Scott Hartnell Roughing against Donald Brashear|
|Jose Theodore Roughing against Scott Hartnell|
|Simon Gagne Hooking against Michael Nylander|
|Mike Knuble Holding against Alex Ovechkin|
|Eric Fehr Slashing against Darroll Powe|
|Alexander Semin Cross checking against Ryan Parent|