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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 tries.

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.

Game Notes

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 return.

11/06 22:58:17 ET


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