NHL Game Summary - Washington at Philadelphia
(Friday, November 23rd)
Final Score: Washington 4, Philadelphia 3 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Nicklas Backstrom scored the game winner 1:55 into overtime as the Washington Capitals prevailed to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3, at the Wachovia Center.
With both teams trying to gain the extra point, Alexander Ovechkin picked up the puck inside his own zone, skated down the right wing into the Philadelphia zone. With two defenders on him, Ovechkin shoveled the puck over to Backstrom, who put the puck into the wide open net to give the Caps the win.
Backstrom also added two assists, while Mike Green, Chris Clark and Donald Brashear scored for the Capitals, who snapped a five-game losing streak and got a win for Bruce Boudreau, who was making his NHL head coaching debut.
The Capitals fired Glen Hanlon on Thursday as the team was a league worst 6-14-1 for 13 points this season under Hanlon.
Olaf Kolzig stopped 22-of-25 shots in the victory.
Daniel Briere, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards tallied for Philadelphia, which has lost three of its last four.
Martin Biron made 31 saves in defeat.
With the Capitals holding a 3-2 lead late in the third, Lasse Kukkonen kept the puck in at the point and got it over to R.J. Umberger, who had his wrist shot knocked away by Kolzig. However, Richards, following up the play, stuffed the rebound past the Washington goaltender to tie the contest with 4:15 left in regulation.
The Flyers had a golden opportunity to take the lead when Tom Poti was whistled for slashing with 2:14 remaining, but Philadelphia couldn't light the lamp on the power play and the game went into overtime.
"Playing the way we did for basically twenty five minutes of the game we should consider ourselves lucky to get a point," Biron said. "It was not the way we wanted to play for most of the game."
Washington jumped out to a quick start, striking for a power-play goal 2:27 into the opening period. With Scott Hartnell in the box serving a minor boarding penalty, the Capitals went to work with the man advantage. Backstrom got the puck from Poti in the right circle, then sent a cross-ice pass to Green, who fired a one-timer past Biron from the left circle to give the visitors the early lead.
In a heavyweight bout two seconds later, Brashear took on Riley Cote of the Flyers.
Clark's tally 3:39 into the second on a nice feed from Viktor Kozlov made it a 2-0 game. Kozlov skated down the right side, made an inside-out move on Kimmo Timonen, then found Clark, who was standing just to the right of the Flyers net and tapped the puck in.
Brashear's tip in off of Shaone Morrisonn's wrist shot with 5:49 left in the second stanza gave the Caps a commanding 3-0 lead.
Philadelphia was not about to go quitely as the Flyers answered with a pair of goals just over two minutes apart. First it was Briere stuffing a rebound past Kolzig for a power-play tally with 4:15 left in the second, then a couple minutes later Carter beat the Washington netminder with a quick snap shot from inside the right circle on a chip pass from Umberger to make it 3-2 after two periods of play.
Attendance was 19,727...The Flyers play at Ottawa on Saturday, while Washington hosts the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday...Washington has won their last four games when Caps coaches were making their debuts...Ovechkin has points in seven straight games...Richards now has a career-high 12 goals...The Caps have won three straight games in Philadelphia for the first time since December 9, 1993 to January 29, 1994...Poti and Umberger each had two assists apiece.
11/23 18:40:58 ET