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Flyers rally, edge Capitals in OT

Sunday, 03.31.2013 / 10:56 PM

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Flyers rally, edge Capitals in OT
Washington Capitals 4, Philadelphia Flyers 5
Three Stars of the Game
Ruslan Fedotenko
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:30
Kimmo Timonen
2nd
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 23:29
Claude Giroux
3rd
G: 1Shots: 7
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 23:54

Jakub Voracek stuck up for his captain, putting the Philadelphia Flyers in a hole. His teammates bailed him out in a big way.

Ruslan Fedotenko scored 94 seconds into overtime after Kimmo Timonen got the tying goal with 9.5 seconds left in regulation and the Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 on Sunday at Wells Fargo Center.

Maxime Talbot, Matt Read and Claude Giroux also scored for the Flyers, who moved within two points of the idle New York Rangers and New York Islanders for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Capitals are a point ahead of Philadelphia in a jumbled East.

"Thirteen games left is a lot of games," Voracek said. "We haven't been on a hot streak yet. Maybe we'll start one now."

Desperate to get a point, the Flyers tied it at 4 when Timonen ripped a slap shot past Braden Holtby after several chances in front. Timonen lifted his arms in the air and pointed toward the sky in celebration.

Timonen then set up Fedotenko with a perfect crossing pass in overtime to cap off a remarkable comeback and set off a wild celebration.

"He saw an opportunity to give it right back to me and it was an easy backdoor tap-in," Fedotenko said. "It's a great feeling."

Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin scored power-play goals 26 seconds apart in the third period to give the Capitals a 4-2 lead. Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green also scored for the Capitals.

The Flyers have won two in a row and are trying to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and second in 18 years.

The Capitals took advantage of a four-minute power play in the third period after Voracek pounded Steve Olesky with a barrage of rights and left him with a bloody face. Voracek went after Olesky after his hard check on Giroux. He got two minutes for instigating and two minutes for fighting with a visor.

"I'm proud of him," Timonen said. "You don't hit guys like Giroux like that and not pay the price."

Voracek hadn't fought all season and said he wasn't aware of the visor rule.

A minute into the man-advantage, Johansson took advantage of a turnover and fired a shot from inside the left circle past Ilya Bryzgalov to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead.

Then, Ovechkin ripped a slap shot from above the left faceoff circle past Bryzgalov for his eighth goal in eight games to make it 4-2.

But the Flyers rallied.

"We needed to make more of an effort on our part the last couple of minutes there," Backstrom said.

Giroux got the Flyers within one on a power-play goal with 7:12 left.

The depleted Flyers lost Talbot to a lower-body injury late in the second. They're already missing center Danny Briere and defensemen Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann and Andrej Meszaros.

Washington tied it at 2 late in the second period right after denying the Flyers on a power play. Green came out of the penalty box, took an outlet pass from Brooks Laich and beat Bryzgalov on the breakaway.

"We got a point there, but we obviously want two there," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "We let it get away."

The Flyers didn't register their first shot on Holtby until midway through the first. Seconds later, Talbot shot one between Holtby's legs to tie it at 1.

Read took a long pass from Giroux, broke in alone on Holtby and ripped it past him to give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead late in the first.

Shortly afterward, the Flyers had a goal negated because of a goaltender interference penalty on Wayne Simmonds. Giroux was called for a face-off violation before the puck dropped, giving the Capitals a 5-on-3 advantage for two minutes.

But Bryzgalov made an outstanding left-to-right sliding save on Troy Brouwer's stuffer in front and Philadelphia killed it off.

Backstrom deflected Jack Hillen's slap shot past Bryzgalov to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead 4:29 into the first. It was Hillen's first point since an assist on Jan. 1, 2012.

Material from wire services was used in this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:29
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom (6) ASST: Jack Hillen (1), Marcus Johansson (7)
1 - 0 WSH
10:26
PHI
Maxime Talbot (5) ASST: Zac Rinaldo (2), Kimmo Timonen (17)
1 - 1 Tie
14:55
PHI
Matt Read (9) ASST: Claude Giroux (23)
2 - 1 PHI
2nd Period
18:42
WSH
Mike Green (5) ASST: Brooks Laich (3)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
06:22
WSH
PPG - Marcus Johansson (5) ASST: NONE
3 - 2 WSH
06:48
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (18) ASST: John Carlson (12), Troy Brouwer (13)
4 - 2 WSH
12:48
PHI
PPG - Claude Giroux (11) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (18), Brayden Schenn (15)
4 - 3 WSH
19:50
PHI
Kimmo Timonen (4) ASST: Claude Giroux (24), Wayne Simmonds (13)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
01:34
PHI
Ruslan Fedotenko (3) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (19), Sean Couturier (7)
5 - 4 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
15:52
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Interference on goalkeeper against  Braden Holtby
15:52
PHI
Claude Giroux  Delay Gm - Face-off Violation
18:04
WSH
Marcus Johansson  Tripping against  Matt Read
2nd Period
05:19
WSH
Jeff Schultz  Holding against  Brayden Schenn
10:19
PHI
Oliver Lauridsen  Hi-sticking against  Joel Ward
16:36
WSH
Mike Green  Holding against  Zac Rinaldo
18:55
PHI
Zac Rinaldo  Charging against  Mike Green
18:55
WSH
Karl Alzner  Roughing against  Zac Rinaldo
3rd Period
01:54
PHI
Oliver Lauridsen  Hooking against  Mike Ribeiro
05:04
PHI
Jakub Voracek  Instigator against  Steve Oleksy
05:04
PHI
Jakub Voracek  Instigator - face shield against  Steve Oleksy
05:04
PHI
Jakub Voracek  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Oleksy
05:04
WSH
Steve Oleksy  Fighting (maj) against  Jakub Voracek
05:04
PHI
Jakub Voracek  Misconduct (10 min)
07:15
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Slashing against  John Carlson
12:32
WSH
Troy Brouwer  Holding against  Claude Giroux
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Braden Holtby
SA: 34TOI: 61:31
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .853SH: 3 - 3
Ilya Bryzgalov
SA: 29TOI: 60:12
Saves: 25EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .862SH: 1 - 1