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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Philadelphia

(Saturday, December 9th)

Final Score: Washington 5, Philadelphia 3

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Alex Ovechkin scored a goal and had two assists, as the Washington Capitals downed the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3, at the Wachovia Center.

Chris Clark also collected a goal and an assist and Bryan Muir scored the game-winning tally in the third period for the Capitals, who have five wins over their last six games. Brent Johnson made 33 saves in the victory.

Antero Niittymaki allowed five goals on 32 shots for the Flyers, who have lost three straight.

Simon Gagne scored two goals and added one assist for Philadelphia, which played its second straight game without captain Peter Forsberg, who continues to have ankle and skate issues. Mike Knuble pitched in with a goal and a helper as well.

With 12:20 left in the third frame and the game tied, Washington went up 4-3 after Muir tallied just his second goal of the season. Kris Beech skated around the Philadelphia net and dished the puck to Muir in the high slot, and his one-timer made its way through a sea of players in front and past a screened Niittymaki.

The Flyers went on the power play with 5:32 left to play in the game but could not get the puck past Johnson.

Philadelphia took a delay of game penalty with just over two minutes left and the Caps sealed the victory after Matt Pettinger scored a power-play goal with under a minute to play.

The Caps struck first as Ovechkin scored 6:28 into the opening period. From the right circle, Clark fired a shot that Niittymaki stopped but couldn't control. As the puck dribbled to the left of the crease, Ovechkin corralled the disc and fired it into the net for his 18th goal of the season.

Washington tallied a short-handed goal just 1:33 into the second stanza to take a 2-0 lead. Brooks Laich broke up a pass in the neutral zone and skated in on an odd-man rush into the Philadelphia zone. From the lower right circle, Laich unleashed a wrister and the puck trickled through Niittymaki's pads and over the goal line.

A power-play goal at 2:54 of the second got the Flyers on the board. Alexandre Picard's shot from the left side of the cage slipped through the pads of Johnson and with the puck drifting towards the back of the net, Gagne guided the disc over the goal line.

Gagne's second goal of the contest tied the game at 2-2 with 12:13 remaining in the second. From the left circle, Gagne ripped a slap shot over the glove of Johnson on the far side.

It didn't take long for the Caps to regain the lead as Clark netted his 10th goal of the season just 13 seconds later.

With 9:03 to play in the second, a power-play goal by Knuble evened the score at 3-3. The reliable winger gathered a rebound in the slot and fired it past Johnson high on the glove side.

Game Notes

The Capitals went 1-for-6 on the power play while the Flyers were 2-for-8 with the man advantage...Ovechkin has 18 goals and 17 assists on the season...Philadelphia defenseman Joni Pitkanen (abdominal strain) and forward Sami Kapanen (back spasms) missed the game due to injury. Both players are listed as day-to-day...The Flyers also lost forwards Geoff Sanderson and Mike Richards during the contest as both players left in the first period with abdominal strains and did not return.

12/09 22:07:51 ET

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