NHL Game Summary - Washington at Philadelphia|
(Friday, November 1st)
Final Score: Washington 7, Philadelphia 0
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Despite the absence of captain Alex
Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals managed to produce their most goals in a
game this season.
Joel Ward notched his first career hat trick, Nicklas Backstrom had two goals
with an assist and the Capitals closed out their five-game road trip with a
7-0 thrashing of the Philadelphia Flyers that turned nasty in the third
Jason Chimera extended his goal streak to a career-high four games and
collected three assists for Washington, which snapped a two-game skid to
conclude its trek at 3-2-0.
"We created turnovers, we created some speed, we cycled well - all the things
we talk about on a night-to-night basis," said Washington coach Adam Oates.
Ovechkin missed Friday's contest with an upper-body injury.
"I think we worked hard. We worked as a team. We scored on our chances. That's
what you have to do, especially when you have a good goal scorer out of the
lineup," Backstrom said. "Lots of guys stepped up, and that's exactly what we
Ward struck twice during a five-goal second period and scored on a power play
to make it 7-0 at the 5:23 mark of the third period.
Eight seconds later, a frustrated Flyers squad that fell to 3-9-0 on the
season, incited a full-scale donnybrook.
Philadelphia goaltender Ray Emery, who relieved starter Steve Mason after
Chimera made it 3-0 at 2:44 of the second, skated the length of the ice to
scrap with fellow masked man Braden Holtby.
Emery was assessed a game misconduct, while Holtby, a reluctant opponent,
remained in the game to complete his 30-save shutout.
"He didn't want a fight, but I said basically protect yourself," Emery stated.
Shots were elusive for the Capitals in the opening period, as they played
15:05 before being credited with their first one. Washington then converted
its second shot after a failed clearing attempt.
Rookie defenseman Nate Schmidt kept the puck in the Flyers zone and Martin
Erat dished to Backstrom, whose one-timer from atop the right circle beat
Mason to the far side and over the glove with 2:32 remaining in the first
"They got the goal and we didn't respond," said Flyers coach Craig Berube.
Feeding off the momentum of the late tally, the Capitals struck for three
goals in rapid succession early in the second period.
A common theme was present with the goals scored in a span of 2:25: each one
came off a turnover.
Ward scored from the doorstep at 1:24, Chimera fought off a hook on a
breakaway to lift a shot over Mason's glove and Backstrom put the puck past
the recently inserted Emery at 3:49 after Flyers forward Sean Couturier
unsuccessfully tried to advance the puck up the wall in the defensive zone.
The Capitals went up 6-0 on goals by Ward and Troy Brouwer, the latter on a
power play, 1:55 apart late in the middle stanza.
The Capitals improved to 12-8-2 in games Ovechkin has missed throughout his
career ... Holtby recorded his first shutout of the season and eighth of his
career ... The Capitals were 5-for-5 in shorthanded situations and have now
killed 30 consecutive power plays ... Philadelphia forward Vincent
Lecavalier sustained facial injuries during a third-period fight with Steve
Oleksy. Steve Downie, playing his first game for the Flyers after being
acquired from Colorado on Thursday, suffered a concussion in a second-period
fight with Aaron Volpatti ... Washington forward Mikhail Grabovski had three
assists ... The Capitals had lost three straight at Philadelphia ... Mason
made 14 saves and Emery stopped just 11 shots.
11/02 00:33:44 ET