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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Philadelphia



(Tuesday, December 17th)

Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Washington 2

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jakub Voracek scored twice to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals to cap a home- and-home set.

Matt Read posted a goal and an assist while Wayne Simmonds and Mark Streit each scored for the Flyers, who blew a three-goal lead in Sunday's game in Washington and lost the game in the shootout.

Steve Mason turned away 24 shots for Philadelphia, which had dropped four of five coming into the game.

Alex Ovechkin and Eric Fehr scored for the Capitals, who had won four of five. Braden Holtby allowed five goals on 35 shots in the loss.

The Caps took the initial lead in the game as Ovechkin swept the puck in on the backhand from the left side just 40 seconds into the second period on the power play.

Voracek, though, answered less than a minute later as he beat Holtby with a wrister from the right wing on a rush play.

Washington took a 2-1 lead at 5:31 of the middle frame as Troy Brouwer got the puck behind the net and whipped it out to the right circle where Fehr one- timed it home.

The Flyers tied the game at 11:54 of the second as Steve Downie grabbed a rebound in the slot and snapped a pass over to his left where Read one-timed it home.

At 15:17 of the second, Philly was given a five-minute power play as Tom Wilson slammed Brayden Schenn into the boards to the left of the Flyers' net and was handed a charging major.

"To be honest with you, I don't think it was a dirty play," said Ovechkin. "He saw the hit coming, he turned, and Willy (Tom Wilson) is a big boy. It's always dangerous out there, it's hockey. When you get hit, you have to be ready, especially at the boards. I don't think he was ready, I think he was going to turn, but Willy just finished his check."

Schenn left the ice and didn't return, but the Flyers made the Caps pay for the play.

The first goal came at 17:04 as Streit blasted a one-timer from the right point through a screen, and Voracek took a pass at the right circle and took a stride towards the slot before beating Holtby with a low shot for a 4-2 lead with 1:44 to play in the second.

"Obviously it was a turning point in the game so very important for us to capitalize on the five minute major and the guys did a good job," said Philadelphia head coach Craig Berube.

Simmonds made it a three-goal game at 7:29 of the third as he got the puck behind a defender who had just misplayed the disc and slid over to the right before slamming it home.

Mason stopped 12 shots in the third period.

Game Notes

Ovechkin has 399 goals in his career ... Simmonds broke a 10-game goalless drought ... Philadelphia has another home-and-home set with Columbus starting in Philadelphia on Thursday ... Washington plays at Carolina on Friday.

12/18 00:27:53 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
2nd
DUKE 45
UCONN 32
 
3rd
CHI 52
NYK 47
 
2nd
HOU 39
NOP 41
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
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GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
 
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
1st OT
SDKST 71
IDST 65
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
2nd
CHAR 57
APP 53
 
2nd
MISS 54
CCAR 53
 
2nd
DUKE 45
UCONN 32
 
2nd
BRAD 60
EUREK 31
 
2nd
PEAY 50
OAKC 43
 
2nd
JST 50
SMISS 26
 
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SD 27
MNTST 26
 
1st
UAB 28
LSU 20
 
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EVAN 22
OHIO 21
 
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1st OT
PIT 0
COL 0
 
3rd
PHI 1
FLA 1
 
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
3rd
CLB 4
WAS 3
 
2nd
MON 0
ANA 1
 
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2nd
JAC 0
TEN 10