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Ovechkin scores two as Capitals beat Flyers

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM
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Ovechkin scores two as Capitals beat Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers 3, Washington Capitals 6
Three Stars of the Game
Eric Fehr
1st
G: 2Shots: 7
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 18:27
Alex Ovechkin
2nd
G: 2Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:15
Tom Wilson
3rd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 5
+/-: -1TOI: 15:32

Alex Ovechkin earned his night away from hockey.

Ovechkin will miss the Washington Capitals' final preseason game on Saturday in order to take part in the start of the Olympic torch relay in Greece. The first Russian to carry the torch flew off on a high note by scoring twice as the Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 Friday night at Verizon Center.

The Capitals blew a 3-0 lead as the Flyers got goals by Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds in a span of less than five minutes late in the second period. But Eric Fehr's second goal of the night and fourth in the past two games broke the tie 1:35 into the third period. Ovechkin added a power-play goal less than three minutes later, and Mathieu Perreault hit the empty net.

"Going to Greece boys!!! Can't wait!!! See u soon!" Ovechkin said on his Twitter account afterward.

The game featured five fights as well as a five-minute major and game misconduct to Philadelphia's Zach Rinaldo for elbowing Mikhail Grabovski.

Washington finishes its preseason schedule Saturday night in Chicago without Ovechkin, but he'll be in the lineup Tuesday when the Capitals are back at the United Center for their season opener against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

"They weren't missing too many guys, but they played last night so maybe they were a little tired," Capitals coach Adam Oates said when asked if the win was a barometer of his team's readiness. "We had a lot of guys play well. We're just continuing the process of trying to get ready for Tuesday.

"All in all, the guys know what they have to do and we're going in the right direction."

The Flyers open their season on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night after winning only one preseason game in seven tries.

"We didn't play bad," captain Claude Giroux said. "When we were playing the way we wanted to, we were great. We're a dangerous team and we need to believe that -- the sooner the better."

scoring summary
1st Period
01:40
WSH
Eric Fehr (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dane Byers (1)
1 - 0 WSH
15:31
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (1) Slapshot - ASST: Connor Carrick (1), Mathieu Perreault (1)
2 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
11:41
WSH
Tom Wilson (1) Tip-in - ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (1), Jason Chimera (1)
3 - 0 WSH
14:05
PHI
Claude Giroux (1) Tip-in - ASST: Matt Read (1)
3 - 1 WSH
15:22
PHI
PPG - Scott Hartnell (1) Tip-in - ASST: Sean Couturier (1), Kimmo Timonen (1)
3 - 2 WSH
18:50
PHI
Wayne Simmonds (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (1), Brayden Schenn (1)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
01:35
WSH
Eric Fehr (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Connor Carrick (2), Mathieu Perreault (2)
4 - 3 WSH
04:13
WSH
PPG - Alex Ovechkin (2) Slapshot - ASST: Eric Fehr (1), Connor Carrick (3)
5 - 3 WSH
19:23
WSH
EN - Mathieu Perreault (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 3 WSH
penalty summary
1st Period
04:32
PHI
Andrej Meszaros  Tripping  - 2 min against  Dane Byers
08:38
WSH
Connor Carrick  Interference  - 2 min against  Maxime Talbot
10:40
PHI
Zac Rinaldo  Elbowing (maj)  - 5 min against  Mikhail Grabovski
10:40
PHI
Zac Rinaldo  Game misconduct  - 10 min against  Mikhail Grabovski
11:44
WSH
Mikhail Grabovski  Interference  - 2 min against  Maxime Talbot
15:33
WSH
Tom Wilson  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brayden Schenn
15:33
PHI
Brayden Schenn  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Tom Wilson
17:43
WSH
Joel Rechlicz  Interference  - 2 min against  Nicklas Grossmann
18:07
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Slashing  - 2 min against  Jason Chimera
18:07
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
19:30
WSH
Dmitry Orlov  Slashing  - 2 min against  Claude Giroux
2nd Period
11:43
WSH
Dane Byers  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Adam Hall
11:43
PHI
Adam Hall  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Dane Byers
14:38
WSH
Connor Carrick  Holding  - 2 min against  Wayne Simmonds
15:22
WSH
Steve Oleksy  Instigator - Misconduct  - 10 min against  Scott Hartnell
15:22
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Steve Oleksy
15:22
WSH
Steve Oleksy  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Scott Hartnell
15:22
WSH
Steve Oleksy served by Joel Rechlicz  Instigator  - 2 min against  Scott Hartnell
3rd Period
03:54
WSH
Aaron Volpatti  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Adam Hall
03:54
PHI
Adam Hall  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Aaron Volpatti
04:06
PHI
Mark Streit  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Tom Wilson
14:38
WSH
Tyson Strachan  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Wayne Simmonds
14:38
PHI
Wayne Simmonds  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Tyson Strachan
goalie stats
Ray Emery
SA: 28TOI: 58:59
GA: 5SV%: .821
Michal Neuvirth
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
GA: 3SV%: .914