NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Washington
(Friday, January 6th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Washington 1
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Simon Gagne scored the eventual game-winning goal and added an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers past the Washington Capitals, 3-1, at the MCI Center.
Peter Forsberg also had a goal and an assist while Mike Rathje scored as well for the Flyers, who are 7-0-1 on their current 11-game road trip. Rookie goaltender Antero Niittymaki made 23 saves in the win.
First-year standout Alexander Ovechkin scored the only goal for Washington, which has lost three straight and five of its last six games overall. Bryan Muir had the primary assist while Olaf Kolzig stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced in the loss.
Ovechkin opened up the scoring with a power play goal 8:55 into the first period to put Washington out in front. Muir got the puck from Dainius Zubrus at the point and sent it just above the left circle for Ovechkin, who blasted a one-timer past Niittymaki.
The Flyers answered with a shorthanded tally early in the second period to tie the game at 1-1. Shortly after Philadelphia fended off a 5-on-3 disadvantage, Rathje gained control of the puck, skated into the Washington zone, and then wristed a shot from the right circle that beat Kolzig through the five-hole.
Gagne then recorded his 29th goal of the season with 2:27 remaining in the second frame, tucking a rebound into the wide open net to put Philadelphia ahead.
Washington outshot the Flyers 10-5 in the third period but was unable to get the puck past Niittymaki.
The Flyers finally put the game away with 20 seconds remaining, as Forsberg stole the puck in the Washington zone and wristed it into the empty net to ensure Philadelphia's third straight win.
Philadelphia currently has the most points in the league (60)...Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk recorded a hat trick Friday to move ahead of Gagne as the league's goal leader (30)...Ovechkin has goals in seven of his last eight games...Washington finished 1-for-8 with the man advantage and has power play goals in eight straight games...The Flyers were 1-for-5 on the power play...Philly's only loss on the road swing came at Washington on December 31, when it fell 4-3 in a shootout.
01/06 21:50:37 ET