NHL Game Summary - Washington at Philadelphia |
(Thursday, November 6th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, Washington 2
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jeremy Roenick and Tony Amonte both
finished with a goal and an assist, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2
win over the Washington Capitals at the Wachovia Center.
Justin Williams and Keith Primeau had a goal apiece for the Flyers, who have
won two straight and four of their last five. Robert Esche made 20 saves as
Philadelphia improved to 4-0-2 on home ice this season.
"We're winning, and doing a lot of sound things. We just felt like we let
points slip away last year, and we don't want to do that," said Flyers head
coach Ken Hitchcock."
Joel Kwiatkowski and Brian Sutherby each scored for Washington, which is an
abysmal 0-12-1 in its last 13 at Philly. Olaf Kolzig was able to turn aside
32 of the 36 shots he faced, but Washington suffered its fourth loss in six
Philadelphia scored first as Amonte posted his fifth goal of the season midway
through the first period. Roenick skated in on Kolzig and pulled Kolzig out of
position. Roenick then fed an onrushing Amonte, who snapped the puck from the
slot past the confused goaltender at 10:47.
"I know my line, with me, Tony and [Recchi], we really feel comfortable
together and we're moving the puck extremely well," said Roenick. "I love it
when Tony scores, and when Recchi scores."
Williams cashed in a power play 2:28 into the second, giving the Flyers a 2-0
lead. Kolzig turned aside a flurry of shots during a goal-mouth scramble, but
Williams was able to chip one home for his fourth goal.
The Flyers grabbed a three-goal advantage 6:02 into the second period on
Primeau's tally. Simon Gagne wristed a shot towards Kolzig and Primeau
deflected the puck over the goaltender's left shoulder.
"We need to create the identity that we are quick starters and we are hard
finishers, too," said Williams. "We let the team back in tonight when we had
them down, and we still won, but we need to be better in the third."
Washington spoiled Esche's shutout bid when Kwiatkowski lit the lamp with 7:45
remaining in the third period. Bates Battaglia played a big role in this one
as he screened the goaltender on Kwiatkowski's slap shot from the point.
Each team would exchange goals to complete the scoring. Roenick scored his
sixth goal on a power-play tally with 6:49 to go and Sutherby solved Esche
just 41 seconds later.
Philadelphia is 19-8-3 in the last 30 meetings with Washington...The Flyers
had a season-high 17 shots in the first period...Amonte extended his points
streak to seven games...Philadelphia finished 2-for-5 on the power play and
killed off each of Washington's four chances with the man advantage...Flyers
forward Donald Brashear returned after missing nine games with a sprained
knee...The Caps have not won in Philadelphia since January 31, 1998...Capitals
defenseman Steve Eminger left the game with an upper body injury and didn't
11/06 22:58:17 ET