WASHINGTON (AP) _ Mark Recchi and John LeClair took full advantage of the
short-handed Washington Capitals.
Recchi and LeClair each had a goal and three assists in leading the
Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 victory Sunday night.
``What, are you surprised that we played a good game?'' LeClair asked. ``I
think we're all feeling pretty comfortable. It's a good mix and it definitely
worked well for us tonight.''
Michal Handzus and Kim Johnsson also scored to help the Flyers win for the
fifth time in their last six games.
Washington played with just five defensemen. Sergei Gonchar injured a
shoulder Friday night in a loss in Florida, and Josef Boumedienne was scratched
because of food poisoning
``It's huge, we really only have two defense that have a lot of NHL
experience,'' Washington's Mike Grier said about Gonchar. ``He's the leading
point-getter for defensemen in the league and to lose him is a huge blow.''
Recchi opened the scoring at 5:30 of the first period, beating goalie
Rastislav Stana with a wrist shot after LeClair's strong play to keep the puck
in offensive zone.
LeClair made it 2-0 less than three minutes later, tipping a shot behind
Stana, who started in place of Olaf Kolzig for the first time since being
recalled from Portland on Jan. 6.
``He couldn't score two goals for us, so he wasn't the difference,''
Washington coach Glen Hanlon said about Stana. ``We only had 13 shots on net,
and I think we could have done a better job in that area.''
Robert Esche made 12 saves for the Flyers, allowing only Grier's breakaway
goal in the first period.
Philadelphia's Tony Amonte injured a knee in the first period and did not
return. Amonte was hurt when Washington's Brendan Witt cross-checked Radovan
Somik in the back, sending Somik into Amonte's right knee. Amonte was down on
the ice in front of Washington's goal for several minutes before being helped