WASHINGTON (AP) –. of his NHL career, and the Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1 Tuesday night for their third consecutive victory. The East Division-leading Capitals went 3 for three on the power play as part of another offensive outburst. They routed the banged-up Boston Bruins 8-1 Sunday night on the eve of the .
Washington’s longest- and shortest-tenured players weren’t the only ones to get in on the goal-scoring fun against Philadelphia, which sold at the deadline and looked like a team ready for the offseason. They gave up skilledJakub Vrana, a first-round pick, and a second-rounder to get Mantha from Detroit in the hopes of better positioning themselves for another deep playoff run. So far, so good: Mantha picked up an in the first period, then showed off his shot in the second for his 12th of
the season. Ovechkin scored his team-leading 22nd in the third,inside the faceoff circle on the power play. The Capitals’ captain is now three back of Marcel Dionne for fifth on the career goals list. , Wilson, Nicklas Backstrom, and Carl Hagelin scored the other goals.
She added two assists for a three-point game. Ilya Samsonov made 29 saves for his 10th victory of the season.
, Elliott allowed six goals on 32 shots, and the Flyers lost for the sixth time in eight games.
After rookie goalie Vitek Vanecek won the previous two games, Samsonov started for Washington. The Capitals didn’t add a veteran between the pipes at the deadline and know Henrik Lundqvist won’t return, so the net belongs to Samsonov and Vanecek for the rest of the season.
“We found out that the two goaltenders we have are pretty good, and we have a lot of confidence in them,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “Through how the year has evolved and how the goaltenders have played, we feel like these guys are ready for the job.”
But Laviolette is in zero rush to name a No. 1 goalie.
“I think it would be a mistake to tab one guy andout of the last 15 or 16 that we have and say, ‘This is our guy,’” he said. “Just keep these guys doing what they’re doing, having them compete each day to be the great goalie … that they have been for us. I think that that’s important.”
The Flyers traded pending free agent forward Michael Raffl to the Flyers for a fifth-round pick Monday, but he didn’t make his Capitals debut against hisbecause of an injury the team thinks is minor.
“He’s dealing with something,” Laviolette said. “We don’t feel like it’s anything that’s going to be long term, but we need to get him here – he’s not here yet – and just do an evaluation and do what’s best for him getting ready for the playoffs.”
While Philadelphia traded Raffl and sent defenseman Erik Gustafsson to Montreal, forward Scott Laughton stuck around and signed a $15 million,. Chuck Fletcher received many calls from contending colleagues about Laughton, who wanted to stay and got the long-term contract he wanted.
“It was pretty important for me to have that security,” Laughton said. “I believe in this franchise and the people around it, so I want to be a part of something here where we can do something special, and having that term is part of that.”
The Flyers visit the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Capitals host the Buffalo Sabres onbefore these teams meet Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia again.
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