NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Washington|
(Sunday, January 13th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 6, Washington 4
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Mike Knuble scored twice and Kimmo Timonen
had a goal and two assists, as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Washington
Capitals, 6-4, at Verizon Center.
Jim Dowd, R.J. Umberger and Mike Richards also tallied for the Flyers, who
rebounded from a 4-3 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon.
Philadelphia has won four of their last five contests.
Martin Biron stopped 28-of-32 shots for the Flyers.
Alex Ovechkin, Michael Nylander and Mike Green each had a goal and an assist
apiece for Washington, which had a brief two-game winning streak halted.
Alexander Semin chipped in with a goal for the Caps.
Olaf Kolzig stopped only 12-of-16 shots before being replaced by Brent Johnson
in the early stages of the second period. Johnson was solid, making 15 saves.
With the Flyers clinging to a 4-3 lead after two periods, Philly got a little
insurance 8:23 into the third. Steve Downie's shot from in close was stopped
by Johnson, but the rebound came to Richards, who shoveled it past the Caps'
netminder to give the Flyers a two-goal cushion.
Nylander made it a 5-4 game when he lit the lamp with 6:51 left in regulation
and the Capitals continued to put the pressure on the rest of the way.
However, with the goaltender pulled in favor of the extra attacker in the last
minute of play, Washington was unable to sustain any significant pressure in
the Flyers' defensive zone and Timonen's empty net tally with 38 ticks left
accounted for the 6-4 final score.
"I think there was a lot of try there but we made too many mistakes," Capitals
head coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We talk about it, we look at it, we work on
it. In our zone we talk about turnovers. I think they got every goal off
Washington wasted little time getting on the board as Semin lit the lamp 1:22
into the opening stanza. Nylander controlled the puck in the right wing corner
and found Semin streaking toward the net. His quick wrist shot from the right
circle beat Biron, giving the Capitals the early advantage.
Knuble knotted the contest at 1 with 11:15 remaining in the period. Jeff
Carter brought the puck down the right wing boards, then dropped a pass to
Knuble, who took a wrist shot that was partially stopped by Kolzig, but the
disc trickled across the goal line to tie the score.
Knuble's second goal of the contest, a power-play tally with 4:31 left in the
first gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead.
"They came out a rested team, and they came out pretty good and overwhelmed us
there a little bit in the beginning," Knuble said. "We got two big goals and
ended the first with the lead."
The Flyers added two more in the early stages of the second frame, one while
skating shorthanded. With Jason Smith in the box serving an instigation minor
following his fight with Matt Bradley, Dowd chopped a rebound home from in
close and 59 seconds later Umberger's blast from the top of the right circle
handcuffed Kolzig, making it a 4-1 game 6:08 into the period. Kolzig was then
pulled in favor of Johnson.
Washington got one back when Green scored 24 ticks later. The Caps then made
it a 4-3 game when Ovechkin ripped a wrist shot past Biron from the top of the
right wing circle with 8:50 left in the second.
Attendance was 17,713...Washington will host Ottawa on Tuesday night, while
the Flyers will host Florida on Wednesday...Philadelphia finished 1-for-3 on
the power play, while the Capitals were 0-for-5 with the man advantage...Both
teams had 32 shots on goal in the contest...Ovechkin now has 11 goals and nine
assists in 11 career games versus the Flyers...Philadelphia is 2-1 against the
Caps this season.
01/13 18:33:20 ET