Philadelphia at Washington

Flyers score three quick goals in third period to beat Capitals


WASHINGTON -- Jeff Carter was well aware he had gone a season-worst five games without a goal.

Of far more concern: His Philadelphia Flyers entered Tuesday night's showdown against the Washington Capitals only four points ahead of the Eastern Conference's ninth-place team.

Reunited on a line with Scott Hartnell and Joffrey Lupul, Carter netted one goal and assisted on another during a three-score spurt in a 3½-minute span of the third period, and the Flyers rallied to beat Alex Ovechkin's Capitals 4-2.

"I looked at the standings before the game, and we were in the playoffs by only four points, I think," said Carter, who assisted on Hartnell's tying goal before putting the go-ahead score past Washington goalie Jose Theodore.

"I didn't realize it. I haven't been keeping track," he said about the East standings. "It's definitely an eye-opener. We've got to come out and be ready to go every night."

The Flyers didn't look good early.

They fell behind 2-0 as Ovechkin finally seemed to have figured out Philadelphia, assisting on Washington's first goal and scoring the second. The league's reigning MVP 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, Theodore couldn't stop anything in the third.

Flyers coach John Stevens had juggled Carter's line. But in the third period, he put Lupul and Hartnell back alongside him.

"I thought the line played well," Stevens said, something of an understatement.

Philadelphia tied it 9:11 into the final period on Hartnell's 22nd goal, off assists from Lupul and Carter. Then, 1:25 later, Carter's 35th goal -- with assists from Lupul and Hartnell -- 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.

"We got too involved with what they were doing, rather than what we have to do," said Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, whose team has lost two of its past three games. "We played pretty hard for most of the night. We played pretty stupid a couple times."

The Flyers appeared headed for a loss when Ovechkin stole Carter's weak clearing attempt and -- while falling to the ice after being accidentally bumped by a teammate -- flicked the puck past Antero Niittymaki to put the hosts ahead 2-0.

It was Ovechkin's 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.

There was some hard hitting early on, with Mike 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.

Boudreau was dismayed by what he called his team's "selfish and stupid penalties," and said he will consider changing players' ice time and perhaps benching someone.

The Flyers, meanwhile, were pleased to see Carter back on the scoring sheet.

"He's got a great shot, a deceptive shot. He's always hanging around that net," Hartnell said. "He's been putting them in for us. He's been a big catalyst for us."


  • 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.
Copyright 2018 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
Despite a goal and an assist, Alexander Ovechkin can't carry the Caps all by himself against the Flyers. (AP)
Despite a goal and an assist, Alexander Ovechkin can't carry the Caps all by himself against the Flyers. (AP)
Related Links
Philadelphia  (32-17-9) «0134
Washington (38-18-5)1102
Three Stars
J. Carter

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
S. Hartnell

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
A. Niittymaki

Saves: 33
Save Pct.: .943

Related Video

Scoring Summary
01:48Power Play - Nicklas Backstrom (16), Backhand Shot. Assist: Ovechkin, Fedorov
04:19Alex Ovechkin (44), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
09:22Power Play - Claude Giroux (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Richards, Coburn
09:11Scott Hartnell (22), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lupul, Carter
10:36Jeff Carter (35), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lupul, Hartnell
12:30Arron Asham (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Metropolit, Cote
Penalty Summary
01:44Upshall, 2 min, Interference
09:32Steckel, 2 min, Holding
11:04Hartnell, 2 min, Interference
12:17Gagne, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
15:50Erskine, 2 min, Slashing
18:20Nylander, 2 min, Slashing
19.0Hartnell, 2 min, Slashing
07:28Jurcina, 2 min, Slashing
09:13Semin, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
11:32Carle, 2 min, Tripping
14:21Brashear, 2 min, Tripping
14:21Hartnell, 2 min, Roughing
17:12Theodore, 2 min, Roughing
01:45Gagne, 2 min, Hooking
06:23Knuble, 2 min, Holding
17:01Fehr, 2 min, Slashing
18:43Semin, 2 min, Cross-Checking
Shots On Goal
Antero Niittymaki60:00332
Jose Theodore60:00334
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Game Information
Attendance - 18277
Referees - Frederick L'Ecuyer, Paul Devorski
Linesmen - Scott Driscoll, Brad Kovachik
Other Games
Car 2 Final
Ott 4
Pho 1 Final
StL 2
LA 2 Final
Min 1
Colo 3 Final
Atl 4
TB 3 Final
Edm 5
Ana 3 Final
Buf 2
Van 0 Final
Mon 3
Chi 3 Final
Nash 5
Colu 1 Final
Cal 4
Fla 1 Final
Bos 6