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Third-period surge helps Flyers ground Capitals

Feb 25, 2009 - 3:51 AM
WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Scott Hartnell, All-Star Jeff Carter and Arron Asham scored in just over a three-minute span in the third period as the Philadelphia Flyers scored four unanswered goals en route to a 4-2 triumph over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday.

Rookie Claude Giroux netted a power-play goal, Joffrey Lupul notched a pair of assists and Antero Niittymaki turned aside 33 shots for Philadelphia, which improved to 6-2-0 in its last eight contests.

"We've got like 24 games left. I didn't realize it, but I looked at the standings before the game and we're only in the playoffs by four points, I think, so it's a huge two points," Carter said.

"That's a game where we played 60 minutes of hard hockey," captain Mike Richards said. "It was physical - just like the Pittsburgh game (a 5-4 loss on Sunday) with the intensity and the physical play. We did a lot of good things and kept with the game plan and ended up with the win."

Alex Ovechkin netted his league-leading 44th goal of the season and added an assist for Washington, which fell to 4-2-0 in its last six games.

"I think in the third period we have to give them credit - they outcompeted us in the third period and won the puck battles," center Brooks Laich said. "They went to our net and they paid the price in front and they capitalized on their chances. We knew they were going to do that.

"We knew they were going to play physical and be tough to play against and tonight they just beat us."

Nicklas Backstrom added a power-play goal and Jose Theodore finished with 33 saves for the Capitals, who saw their 13-game home winning streak against Eastern Conference rivals come to an end.

"It's just good to know that we can win on the road against a team as good as Washington," Flyers coach John Stevens said.

With the Capitals nursing a 2-1 advantage, Hartnell leveled the contest just 9:11 into third period with his 22nd goal of the season.

After Carter added his 35th goal of the season 85 seconds later, Asham scored nearly two minutes later to give Philadelphia a 4-2 advantage. In total, the Flyers scored three goals in a 3-minute, 19-second span.

"Arron had a great goal - not just a goal but a heck of a move by Ash there," Stevens said. "They got the puck in deep, they hunted some loose pucks down there, they got it turned over and took it hard to the net.

"You're happy for those (fourth-line) guys. They play so hard and they do the dirty work, so to see Ash get a goal like that is great."

Backstrom opened the scoring 1:48 into the first period after backhanding the puck past Niittymaki for his 16th goal of the campaign. The Swede has three goals and seven assists during his seven-game point streak.

Ovechkin doubled the advantage 4:19 into the second period after collecting a failed clearing attempt by Carter and wristing the puck past Niittymaki.

"The first five or 10 minutes was kind of all over the place, but I kind of settled down after that," Niittymaki said. "Made a couple of saves and after that I felt really comfortable."

"We had a couple good chances early on, a couple breakaways, and we needed to put those home to finish them off and we didn't do it," Capitals defenseman Tom Poti said. "We didn't get the result we wanted."

With his team on a 5-on-3 power play, Giroux cut the deficit in half nearly five minutes later.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 0 1 3 4
    WASHINGTON 1 1 0 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) NICKLAS BACKSTROM 16 (ALEX OVECHKIN, SERGEI
    FEDOROV) 1:48
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEX OVECHKIN 44 (UNASSISTED) 4:19
    PHI - (PP) CLAUDE GIROUX 4 (MIKE RICHARDS, BRAYDON COBURN)
    11:22
    3RD PRD: PHI - SCOTT HARTNELL 2

    Feb 24 9:31 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 4
    WASHINGTON 2
    3RD PRD: PHI - ARRON ASHAM 5 (GLEN METROPOLIT, RILEY COTE) 12:30

    Flyers 4, Capitals 2  3rd - 7:30Feb 24 9:16 PM
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    PHILADELPHIA 3
    WASHINGTON 2
    3RD PRD: PHI - JEFF CARTER 35 (JOFFREY LUPUL, SCOTT HARTNELL) 10:36

    Flyers 3, Capitals 2  3rd - 9:24Feb 24 9:12 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 2
    WASHINGTON 2
    3RD PRD: PHI - SCOTT HARTNELL 22 (JOFFREY LUPUL, JEFF CARTER) 9:11

    Flyers 2, Capitals 2  3rd - 10:49Feb 24 9:10 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 0 1 1
    WASHINGTON 1 1 2 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) NICKLAS BACKSTROM 16 (ALEX OVECHKIN, SERGEI
    FEDOROV) 1:48
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEX OVECHKIN 44 (UNASSISTED) 4:19
    PHI - (PP) CLAUDE GIROUX 4 (MIKE RICHARDS, BRAYDON COBURN)
    11:22
    SHOTS ON GOAL:

    Feb 24 8:37 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 1
    WASHINGTON 2
    2ND PRD: PHI - (PP) CLAUDE GIROUX 4 (MIKE RICHARDS, BRAYDON COBURN)
    11:22

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    PHILADELPHIA 0
    WASHINGTON 2
    2ND PRD: WAS - ALEX OVECHKIN 44 (UNASSISTED) 4:19

    Flyers 0, Capitals 2  2nd - 15:41Feb 24 8:08 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHILADELPHIA 0 0
    WASHINGTON 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) NICKLAS BACKSTROM 16 (ALEX OVECHKIN, SERGEI
    FEDOROV) 1:48
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    PHI 12 12
    WAS 7 7
    GOALIES: PHI - ANT

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    PHILADELPHIA 0
    WASHINGTON 1
    1ST PRD: WAS - (PP) NICKLAS BACKSTROM 16 (ALEX OVECHKIN, SERGEI
    FEDOROV) 1:48

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