PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Alex Ovechkinto move within one goal of Marcel Dionne for fifth place on the NHL’s career goal-scoring list as the Washington Capitals downed the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Saturday. Dmitry Orlov, , Conor Sheary, and Anthony Mantha added goals. At the same time, John Carlson recorded four assists for Washington, which increased its Division to four points over the New York Islanders. Ivan Provorov, James van Riemsdyk and rookie Wade Allison, who goal, scored for the Flyers. Ovechkin now has 730 regular-season goals in his 16-year career. Dionne finished with 731 during 18 seasons with the , Kings, and Rangers from 1971-89. Saturday’s goals increased Ovechkin’s career total against Philadelphia to 42, one of six teams that he’s scored 40 or more goals against.
Ovechkin’s influence was felt all afternoon. After drawing a penalty on Flyers defenseman Justin Braun behind the Philadelphia net less than three minutes into the first period, Ovechkin camped out in the high face-off circle on the left side andFlyers goaltender Alex Lyon for the first goal of the game.
Provorov tied it in the final second of the period before Orlovin the second to give the Capitals the lead again. Van Riemsdyk of a bad line change and tied the game again on a two-on-one rush.
After a Nic Aube-Kubel hooking penalty in the, Ovechkin whistled a set-up pass from Carlson past Lyon’s stick side for his 24th season to give Washington the lead back at 3-2. Kuznetsov made it 4-2 when he got behind the Flyer’s defense and in the period.
Philadelphia narrowed the lead to 4-3 seven minutes into the third when Allisonpass from Kevin Hayes.
She followed with a deflection of Justin Schultz’s point shot that snuck between Lyon’s pads just two minutes later to quash the Flyers’ comeback bid. Mantha added an empty-net goal with just over a minute left.
Capitals: Goaltender Ilya Samsonov returned to the net on Saturday afterto an upper-body injury. He recorded 22 saves in the victory.
Flyers: Goaltender Carter Hart was a late scratch on Saturday with what the club called a lower-body injury. Hart had participated in the Flyers optional skate on Friday at the club’s training facility and was scheduled to start Saturday’s game. He made his first start of the backup Brian Elliott will start Sunday night against the New York Islanders.
Capitals: At Boston Sunday.
Flyers: Host Islanders Sunday.
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