NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Washington
(Sunday, January 17th)
Final Score: Washington 5, Philadelphia 3
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Brooks Laich picked up a pair of goals as Washington rallied from an early deficit to down Philadelphia, 5-3, at Verizon Center.
"He's a very intense young man," said Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau of Laich. "We just looked at the goals he scored before, to find anything that he was doing different. I was just so happy when he scored. You're never going to find a guy who cares as much as he does about his performance."
Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin each posted a goal and one assist for the Capitals, winners of three in a row and six of seven.
Jose Theodore stopped 30 shots for the win.
Jeff Carter, James van Riemsdyk and Danny Briere hit the net for the Flyers, who have dropped back-to-back games after winning four straight.
In his first start since recovering from abdominal surgery, Ray Emery was tagged for five goals on 22 shots.
Semin tapped in a shot for a 3-2 Caps lead on the power play at 7:05 of the second period, and Laich capitalized on a bad turnover for a 4-2 Washington edge with a breakaway backhander while shorthanded at 4:56 of the third.
Ovechkin then converted a penalty shot -- the first successful chance in his career -- with 4:12 left in regulation for a three-goal edge.
Emery went to the bench for an extra skater with 1:30 remaining while the Flyers were on the power play, but Briere's tally with 27.8 seconds left was the only strike the visitors could muster.
"Some of the early goals were tough ones to give up. We missed a couple assigments, didn't cover guys on face-offs and didn't follow rebounds," noted Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. "They are very dynamic in transition and we had to do a better job of coverage."
Carter opened the scoring 6:03 into the contest, when his sharp wrister from the left circle on a Philadelphia power play beat Theodore.
Mike Knuble converted an Ovechkin pass for a stuffer at the left post at 7:49, but van Riemsdyk's wrister in the slot made it 2-1 for Philadelphia at 9:16.
Washington knotted the score with 6:32 left in the first when Emery was not able to stop a rebound and Laich deposited the puck into a half-open net.
Washington took three of four in the season series, outscoring Philadelphia 22-13...Ovechkin, who had been 0-for-5 in penalty shots until Sunday, reached the 30-goal plateau for the fifth consecutive season...Laich posted his third multi-goal game of the season and first since November 1...Emery's last start came on December 5, when he allowed five goals on 17 shots in an 8-2 loss to the Capitals.
01/17 18:52:47 ET