Philadelphia at Washington

Ovechkin-Semin-Backstrom line involved in all goals in Capitals' win wire reports

WASHINGTON -- Alexander Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals sure had reason to feel down.

They came away from more than 1½ minutes of a 5-on-3 power play with nothing. Then they gave up two goals to the Philadelphia Flyers, who were generally pushing the Capitals around.

Was Washington demoralized? More like determined.

"We got a little bit angry," Nicklas Backstrom said. "It was good for us."

Alexander Semin returned from a two-game absence with a tiebreaking goal and two assists, Jose Theodore stopped Darroll Powe's penalty shot later in the third period, and the Capitals came back to beat the Flyers 4-2 on Tuesday.

Ovechkin scored two goals -- including an empty-netter in the final minute -- to raise his season total to 11, and Backstrom had four points. The Southeast Division leaders rallied from a 2-0 deficit to stretch their winning streak to five games.

After a scoreless opening period, Scott Hartnell and Braydon Coburn put in power-play goals in the second to put the Flyers ahead.

But, with Theodore en route to 41 saves, the game was tied heading into the third.

"Theo kept us in the game," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said.

About 5½ minutes into the final period, Semin put the hosts ahead to stay with his seventh goal of the season. His wrist shot appeared to deflected off defenseman Kimmo Timonen's knee on its way past goalie Ray Emery.

"I don't know what I should do," Timonen said. "Every time bad breaks happen, I'm on the ice."

Semin sat out Washington's previous two games because he was, as coach Boudreau put it, sick and sore. But Semin looked just fine from the outset against Philadelphia, challenging Emery with a strong shot on his first shift.

The forward would have to wait to score, though, eventually doing so off assists from Backstrom and defenseman Mike Green.

Less than 1½ minutes later, Powe got his chance to tie things up again, but Theodore kicked away the penalty shot. Theodore has stopped six of eight penalty shots he has faced in his career.

"He was really solid," Boudreau said.

After Hartnell's goal 3:06 into the first period made it 1-0, the Flyers killed off that 5-on-3 chance for the Capitals. Shortly thereafter, Washington's Tyler Sloan went into the penalty box, and only nine seconds into the power play, it was 2-0, thanks to Coburn's goal on a slap shot past a screened Theodore.

Ovechkin pulled Washington within a goal at 16:08 of the second, putting a shot over Emery's shoulder, and Backstrom tied it with less than two minutes left in the period on a power play.

Philadelphia couldn't recover and lost its second game in a row.

"We can't be satisfied with what's going on," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "We got to start winning these tight games."


  • Flyers F Simon Gagne could need surgery for two small hernias in his right groin. Asked Tuesday whether an operation is likely, Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren said: "I can't really say for sure. We need to sit down and talk with Simon. ... It is an option, yeah." Holmgren said his team's medical staff will meet with Gagne on Wednesday to discuss his options.
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Capitals' triple threat: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin combine for nine points against Philly. (Getty Images)
Capitals' triple threat: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin combine for nine points against Philly. (Getty Images)
Philadelphia (5-4-1)0202
Washington  (7-2-2) «0224
Three Stars
J. Theodore

Saves: 41
Save Pct.: .953
N. Backstrom

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
A. Ovechkin

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
03:06Power Play - Scott Hartnell (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Richards, Giroux
14:29Power Play - Braydon Coburn (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Timonen, van Riemsdyk
16:08Alex Ovechkin (10), Snap Shot. Assist: Backstrom, Schultz
18:12Power Play - Nicklas Backstrom (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Semin, Aucoin
05:24Alexander Semin (7), Snap Shot. Assist: Green, Backstrom
19:14Alex Ovechkin (11), Empty Net. Assist: Backstrom, Semin
Penalty Summary
17:51Tollefsen, 2 min, Cross-Checking
01:16Morrison, 2 min, Hooking
03:58Backstrom, 2 min, Tripping
11:12Carcillo, 2 min, Bench - Too Many Men on the Ice
11:31Powe, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
14:20Sloan, 2 min, Hooking
17:01Pyorala, 2 min, Holding
02:42Schultz, 2 min, Interference
08:47Knuble, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Ray Emery58:48323
Jose Theodore59:57412
Game Information
Attendance - 18277
Referees - Tom Kowal, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Dan Schachte
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Det 5 Final
Van 4
Colo 3 Final
Edm 0