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Flyers come back to beat Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals 4-2

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WASHINGTON - Scott Hartnell and Jeff Carter scored two of Philadelphia's three goals in a 3 1/2-minute span of the third period Tuesday night as the Flyers rallied to beat Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Ovechkin finally seemed to have figured out the Flyers, assisting on Washington's first goal and scoring the second for a 2-0 lead.

He was held without a point in two previous games this season against Philadelphia, the only Eastern Conference opponent that hadn't allowed a goal by Ovechkin in 2008-'09.

But the Flyers cut their deficit to 2-1 during a 5-on-3 midway through the second period, when Claude Giroux scored.

And then, suddenly, Capitals goalie Jose Theodore couldn't stop anything in the third.

Philadelphia tied it 9:11 into the final period on Hartnell's 22nd goal. Then, 1:25 later, Carter's 25th goal put Philadelphia ahead for the first time.

Arron Asham put the final touch on the rally with his fifth goal, giving Philadelphia its season-high fourth consecutive road victory.

The Flyers appeared headed for a loss when Ovechkin stole Carter's weak clearing attempt and - while falling to the ice after a teammate accidentally bumped the NHL's reigning MVP - flicked the puck past Antero Niittymaki to make it 2-0.

It was Ovechkin's league-high 44th goal, and he celebrated by punching the air and kicking up a leg.

Ovechkin was in the middle of things, too, only 1:48 into the game - and four seconds into the first of the rough-and-tumble game's many power plays - as Washington went up 1-0 on Nicklas Backstrom's 16th goal.

Backstrom, who stretched his point-scoring streak to seven games, got help from two past league MVPs. Veteran Sergei Fedorov won a faceoff and drew the puck back to Ovechkin. He slid a pass right onto the stick of Backstrom, who flipped in a backhand shot. That assist was Ovechkin's first point against the Flyers this season.

There was some hard hitting early on, with Richards and Hartnell delivering big shots along the boards. Hartnell's first-period hit on Mike Green landed the Philadelphia forward in the penalty box.

There were 13 penalties, seven on Washington, through the first two periods.

In the second period, Lupul - who scored the winning goal in overtime of Game 7 of these teams' first-round playoff series last season - was helped off the ice and toward the locker room after being knocked down by Donald Brashear.

Notes: Philadelphia remains the only NHL team that hasn't allowed a short-handed goal this season. The Capitals had two good 1-on-1 scoring chances while killing Flyers power plays in the first period, but failed to convert. ... Washington has scored a first-period goal in 13 consecutive games. ... Richards' streak of short-handed goals ended at three games. ... Washington defenceman Tom Poti played in his 700th career NHL game. ... The Capitals have launched ScarletCaps.com, a website connected to Club Scarlet, which the team says is the NHL's first female fan club.

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