Philadelphia at Washington

Filthy-rich Ovechkin's goal not enough to beat Knuble, Flyers wire reports

WASHINGTON -- The thrills and spills started early, with a goal and two penalties in the first 3½ minutes.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals put on a performance featuring plenty of hard hits and 10 goals, including one from the NHL's first $100 million man. The Flyers remained the hotter of the streaking teams with a 6-4 victory Sunday.

"It was a good hockey game," said Philadelphia center Mike Richards, who put in a rebound that slowed the Capitals' comeback bid in the third period. "Everyone played hard. There were some hits, scoring. Everything that you'd want in a hockey game, there was today. They're playing really well right now; we're playing really well right now."

Mike Knuble had his first two-goal game of the season, and Jim Dowd, R.J. Umberger and Kimmo Timonen also scored for the Flyers, who have won seven of nine and rebounded from an overtime loss at home to Boston on Saturday.

"It can be tough to come back the next day," Knuble said. "But we regrouped really well and didn't hang our heads when we were down 1-0."

In a game of wild swings, the Flyers took a 4-1 lead and chased goalie Olie Kolzig in the second period. The Capitals cut the deficit to 4-3 before Richards scored with 11:37 remaining in the game to restore Philadelphia's two-goal lead.

Michael Nylander's 200th NHL goal with 6:51 to play pulled the Capitals within one, but Timonen added an empty-netter in the final minute.

Alex Ovechkin notched his 33rd goal of the season in his first game since signing a 13-year, $124 million contract, and Alexander Semin and Mike Green also scored for the Capitals, who had won four of five and were hoping to make the most of their season-high, five-game homestand to get into playoff contention.

"There was a lot of try there, but we made too many mistakes," Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We talk about it, we look at it, we work on it. In our zone, we talk about turnovers. I think they got every goal off turnovers."

The Flyers were playing their third game in four days, while the Capitals had played only once in seven days. The extra rest didn't seem to help, especially on special teams. The Capitals went 0-for-5 on the power play and allowed a short-handed goal. The Flyers were 1-for-3.

"Always seems to be too cute," Boudreau said of Washington's power play. "It starts with shots and you make plays. If you want to make five passes and score, that doesn't happen. It might happen once every 10 to 15 times, but if it only happens once every 10 to 15 times, your percentage is pretty low."

Philadelphia goalie Martin Biron was screened on Semin's slap shot from the right circle to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead, but Knuble scored on a pair of rebounds later in the period. He poked his stick behind Kolzig's skate on the first one and wristed in a long carom from the goalie on the second.

In the second period, Dowd scored a short-handed goal, and Umberger's slap shot from the left circle put the Capitals in a three-goal hole. Boudreau then removed Kolzig for Brent Johnson, who made his first appearance since spraining his knee against Pittsburgh on Dec. 27.

Washington responded with two quick goals -- Green's high slap shot through a screen and Ovechkin's rocket from the left circle. Johnson did his part by leaning backward to get a glove on the puck after Simon Gagne appeared to have an open net to put in a rebound.

But the rebound was again kind to the Flyers in the third period. Richards scored after Johnson's save on Steve Downie, and Richards and Downie -- who were skating toward each other anyway -- quickly embraced.


  • Captain Chris Clark returned for the Capitals after missing 18 games with a groin injury, but he was able to play only nine minutes. He said he tweaked the groin, but indicated that it wasn't a serious setback.
  • D Tom Poti, who had missed three games with an upper body injury, also returned for Washington.
  • Kolzig made his 11th straight start.
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Mike Knuble wreaks havoc on the Capitals, scoring two goals to spark the Flyers.  (Getty Images)
Mike Knuble wreaks havoc on the Capitals, scoring two goals to spark the Flyers. (Getty Images)
Philadelphia  (23-15-5) «2226
Washington (18-21-5)1214
Three Stars
M. Knuble

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
K. Timonen

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Green

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
01:22Alexander Semin (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Michael Nylander, Chris Clark
08:45Mike Knuble (13), Wrap Shot. Assist: Scottie Upshall, Jeff Carter
15:29Power Play - Mike Knuble (14), Tip-In. Assist: Kimmo Timonen, Simon Gagne
05:09Short - Jim Dowd (3), Backhand Shot. Assist: Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell
06:08R.J. Umberger (7), Slap Shot. Assist: Randy Jones
06:32Mike Green (12), Tip-In. Assist: Quintin Laing, Boyd Gordon
11:10Alex Ovechkin (33), Wrist Shot. Assist: Viktor Kozlov, Mike Green
08:23Mike Richards (20), Backhand Shot. Assist: Steve Downie
13:09Michael Nylander (11), Snap Shot. Assist: Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin
19:22Kimmo Timonen (6), Empty Net, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
02:10Umberger, 2 min, Tripping
02:18Backstrom, 2 min, Tripping
03:08Upshall, 2 min, Slashing
13:31Nylander, 2 min, Holding
03:18Bradley, 5 min, Fighting
03:18Smith, 5 min, Fighting
03:18Smith, 2 min, Instigator
03:18Smith, 10 min, Misconduct
07:18Carter, 2 min, Slashing
13:12Cote, 2 min, Roughing
13:12Dowd, 2 min, Roughing
13:12Erskine, 2 min, Roughing
13:12Brashear, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
13:12Erskine, 2 min, Hooking
18:22Brashear, 2 min, Interference
10:58Knuble, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
Martin Biron59:56284
Brent Johnson33:30141
Olaf Kolzig26:08124
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Referees - Tom Kowal, Kevin Pollock
Linesmen - Scott Cherrey, Steve Barton
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