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Flyers, Capitals begin a possible heated home-and-home set

(SportsNetwork.com) - Things got a bit out of hand the last time the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals got together.

That could make for a chippy home-and-home series between the clubs that begins on Sunday afternoon in Washington.

In the first of five meetings this season, the Capitals extended some early- campaign woes for the Flyers by dealing them a 7-0 setback despite being without star winger Alex Ovechkin due to injury.

Joel Ward had his first career hat trick, Nicklas Backstrom notched a pair of goals and an assist, and netminder Braden Holtby recorded a 30-save shutout.

Holtby finished out the game despite getting into a unwilling fight with Flyers netminder Ray Emery seven seconds after Ward scored to make it 7-0. Emery skated the length of the ice during a line brawl to force Holtby into a bout, picking up 27 minutes worth of penalties.

"He didn't want a fight, but I said basically 'protect yourself,'" Emery, who relieved Steve Mason during the game, stated afterwards. "He didn't really have much of a choice."

Emery did not receive any additional punishment, though his actions did spark some debate around the league about goaltender fighting.

Philadelphia has still won five of its last seven versus the Capitals and three of the past four played in Washington. The Flyers also are 11-6-3 since that lopsided defeat and are coming off Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

Michael Raffl and Claude Giroux had the goals, with Jakub Voracek assisting on both tallies, and Mason made 20 saves.

The Flyers picked up their sixth straight win at home and were coming off a 2-3-1 road trip that concluded with a 7-2 loss in Chicago on Wednesday.

"It was a character game coming off a long trip, getting in late (Wednesday) night," said Mason. "All the guys played hard tonight. It says a lot. We're happy with the victory."

Philadelphia is just 6-8-3 on the road this season and hosts Washington on Tuesday.

The Capitals are 5-1-1 in their past seven games overall and dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Florida Panthers on Friday. Philipp Grubauer took a tough-luck loss with 39 saves as he yielded the winning tally in the 10th round of the tiebreaker.

Backstrom and Ward had the goals, with Ward's game-tying tally coming with 30 seconds left in the second period. His attempt on net looked to have been cleared out of harms way in the crease and play continued, but a replay occurred after the next stoppage and Ward was credited with a goal.

"I tried to plant myself to get ready for a shot and I saw it kind of leak through the goalie," Ward said. "There was no whistle called so I tried to follow it up and whack at it."

Washington, though, had a two-game winning streak snapped.

12/15 08:42:42 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
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Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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