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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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Boston 4/24 8:00 PM ET
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Minnesota CNBC, TSN2, Alt, FSN-N,WI
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
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
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
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
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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