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Briere's OT goal gives Flyers 6-5 win over Caps

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Briere's OT goal gives Flyers 6-5 win over Caps
Washington Capitals 5, Philadelphia Flyers 6
PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers captain Mike Richards and Washington Capitals superstar forward Alexander Ovechkin played a personal game of anything you can do, I can do better on Tuesday night at the Wachovia Center.

Ovechkin scored a pair of goals and had an assist, while Richards finished with a hat trick in the Flyers' dramatic, 6-5 overtime victory.

Danny Briere, celebrating his 32nd birthday, scored the game winner at 3:45 of overtime. Flyers defenseman Matt Carle set a club record for defensemen and tied an NHL mark for blueliners with four assists in the second period; he's the first NHL defenseman to accomplish the feat since Rob Blake on Jan. 29, 1998. Richards also became the first Flyer to record a hat trick in a home opener.

Alexander Semin had a pair of goals, Nicklas Backstrom had three assists and Matt Bradley had two helpers for the Capitals.

Tuesday's battle was just the latest in a long-running rivalry between Richards and Ovechkin that stretches all the way back to the 2005 World Junior Championship in Grand Forks, N.D.

Ovechkin, then the captain for Russia, was accused of taunting the U.S. during a semifinal win and then firing off some inflammatory comments toward Richards' Canada team during a few interviews.

Richards was the captain of that squad -- one that included NHL all-stars like Dion Phaneuf, Jeff Carter and Ryan Getzlaf. While Richards never publicly acknowledged the remarks, his answer came on the ice as he led a punishing charge that targeted Ovechkin for extra physical play and knocked him out of the game with a shoulder injury in the second period. Canada won the gold medal that night, starting what seems to be a team-wise upper hand over Ovechkin.

"I think those two guys, like when (Sidney) Crosby comes to town, it usually brings out the best in both of them," said Flyers coach John Stevens. "Certainly that was the case tonight."

"Richey seems to step up his game when things are on the line," added Carle. "He showed that tonight."

Ovechkin said he doesn't get overly excited to play against Richards, and Richards said there's nothing personal in their battle.

"He's a guy to get up for," said Richards. "If you're not ready to play, he's going to hurt you."

He certainly put a hurt on the Flyers in the second period Tuesday.

Richards opened the scoring when he one-timed a diagonal slap pass from Carle at 1:37 of the second period. Just 67 seconds later, however, Ovechkin pulled a Bradley pass out of his skates and beat Ray Emery to tie the game.

Kimmo Timonen's goal on a delayed penalty at 4:33 gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead, but Ovechkin answered when he tipped a Chris Pronger clearing attempt out to Backstrom, who sent the puck right back to Ovechkin. The star forward walked in alone on Emery and beat him at 7:33.

Semin put the Caps ahead with an early candidate for goal of the year. Steaming in from center ice, he deked around Carter, toe-dragged past Braydon Coburn and beat Emery from in close.

Then it was Richards' turn as he scored twice in 18 seconds to finish his second NHL hat trick. He scored a power-play goal similar to his first off a pass from Carle at 13:49, and then when Caps goalie Semyon Varlamov couldn't control a long shot by Carle, Richards shot the rebound under the crossbar to make it 4-3. The second goal ended Varlamov's night in favor of Jose Theodore.

Semin and Brendan Morrisson scored 1:14 apart in the third to put the Caps back on top, 5-4, but Scott Hartnell pushed a Coburn rebound under Theodore with 4:15 to play to force overtime.

"We came out, battled back in the third, had the lead," said Morrisson. "It's a game that we should seal down and win with that much time left in the game."

Stevens said the mood on the bench never dipped when his team got behind, and that resiliency stood out to him.

"Good teams find ways to win," he said. "We've got lots of things to clean up here, but we've got lots to like about that performance as well."
 
-- Adam Kimelman, NHL.com
scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:37
PHI
PPG - Mike Richards (3) ASST: Matthew Carle (2), Chris Pronger (3)
1 - 0 PHI
02:44
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (4) ASST: Matt Bradley (1), Nicklas Backstrom (6)
1 - 1 Tie
04:33
PHI
Kimmo Timonen (1) ASST: Matthew Carle (3), Simon Gagne (2)
2 - 1 PHI
07:33
WSH
Alex Ovechkin (5) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (7)
2 - 2 Tie
12:26
WSH
Alexander Semin (3) ASST: Mike Green (2), Shaone Morrisonn (1)
3 - 2 WSH
13:49
PHI
PPG - Mike Richards (4) ASST: Matthew Carle (4)
3 - 3 Tie
14:07
PHI
Mike Richards (5) ASST: Matthew Carle (5)
4 - 3 PHI
3rd Period
08:18
WSH
PPG - Alexander Semin (4) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (8), Alex Ovechkin (4)
4 - 4 Tie
09:32
WSH
Brendan Morrison (2) ASST: Matt Bradley (2), Brooks Laich (3)
5 - 4 WSH
15:45
PHI
PPG - Scott Hartnell (1) ASST: Braydon Coburn (1), Kimmo Timonen (2)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
03:52
PHI
Daniel Briere (1) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (3), Jeff Carter (1)
6 - 5 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
03:46
PHI
Darroll Powe  Tripping against  Shaone Morrisonn
07:43
PHI
Ian Laperriere  Fighting against  Matt Bradley
07:43
WSH
Matt Bradley  Fighting against  Ian Laperriere
10:34
PHI
Darroll Powe  Interference against  Mike Green
13:45
WSH
Chris Clark  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Ray Emery
18:06
PHI
Daniel Briere  Hi-sticking against  Mike Green
2nd Period
00:46
WSH
Mike Green  Cross checking against  Mika Pyorala
02:53
WSH
Alexander Semin  Hooking against  Matthew Carle
03:17
PHI
Chris Pronger  Hooking against  Boyd Gordon
04:33
WSH
John Erskine  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Parent
09:20
WSH
Milan Jurcina  Holding against  James van Riemsdyk
13:38
WSH
Brooks Laich  Interference against  Ryan Parent
16:44
WSH
John Erskine  Holding against  Daniel Briere
3rd Period
03:28
WSH
Boyd Kane  Hooking against  Darroll Powe
06:58
PHI
Jeff Carter  Hooking against  Mike Knuble
14:06
WSH
Boyd Gordon  Holding against  Darroll Powe
19:06
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Hooking against  Alexander Semin
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 25TOI: 33:59
Saves: 21EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .840SH: 2 - 2
Jose Theodore
SA: 16TOI: 29:45
Saves: 14EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Ray Emery
SA: 36TOI: 63:36
Saves: 31EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .861SH: 2 - 2