NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Washington|
(Friday, November 2nd)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Washington 2
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - R.J. Umberger had a goal and an assist as
the Philadelphia Flyers notched a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals at
Daniel Briere and Mike Richards each notched a goal for the Flyers, who came
into the game having dropped three of the last four. Antero Niittymaki got his
first win of the season as he made 24 saves.
Tomas Fleischmann and Alexander Ovechkin each scored a goal while Olaf Kolzig
stopped 26 shots for the Capitals, who have dropped four of their last five
The Flyers were dominated in the first period, but rebounded in the second
period and lit the lamp twice to grab the lead.
Briere tied the game at the 8:03 mark as he worked a give-and-go with
Umberger. Briere skated into the Washington end and from the high slot gave
the puck to Umberger, who skated to the left circle and dished it to Briere as
the center got behind the defense and tapped the puck past Kolzig.
Philadelphia then grabbed a 2-1 lead with 4:08 left in the second as Joffrey
Lupul hit Richards with a pass in the neutral zone and Richards skated to the
left circle and snapped a shot over the glove of Kolzig and into the right
corner of the net.
The Flyers made it a 3-1 game with a power-play goal as Umberger cranked a
slap shot from the left circle that beat Kolzig with Scott Hartnell setting up
a screen at the 1:33 mark of the third.
The goal proved fortunate as the Capitals made it a one-goal game on the power
play. Michael Nylander won a left circle faceoff and got the puck back to
Ovechkin, who blasted a slapper that Niittymaki hit with his glove, but it
retained enough momentum to get into the net with a little over four minutes
Washington got Kolzig out of the net for the extra attacker with under a
minute remaining, but was unable to get the game-tying goal.
The Capitals dominated play for much of the opening period and got the only
goal of the stanza.
On a 3-on-2 rush, Nylander sent a pass from the left side that hit off the
stick of Nicklas Backstrom and went right to Fleischmann, who swiped the
bouncing puck past Niittymaki at the 7:29 mark.
Washington outshot Philadelphia, 14-6, in the first period.
Richards has a three-game goal scoring streak...Washington hits the road for
three games with a contest in Carolina on Sunday...Philadelphia faces the
Rangers in New York on Monday...The Flyers lost all four games against
Washington last season...Ovechkin has an eight-game goal streak against the
Flyers. He has 10 goals in nine career games against the Flyers...Philadelphia
went 1-for-7 on the power play while Washington scored on one of its two
11/02 21:48:51 ET