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NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Washington



(Sunday, December 15th)

Final Score: Washington 5, Philadelphia 4 (SO)

Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Nicklas Backstrom picked up the shootout winner, capping a rally from a three-goal, third-period deficit which sent Washington past Philadelphia, 5-4, to kick off the first edition of a home- and-home series from Verizon Center.

Each team had registered a score when Backstrom beat Steve Mason with a forceful forehander to begin the third and final round. Sean Couturier was denied by Philipp Grubauer and the hosts gained the valuable extra point.

Mike Green, Dmitry Orlov and Alex Ovechkin tallied in a span of 7:52 late in regulation to wipe out a 4-1 margin for the Capitals, who have won four of five.

Grubauer stopped 24 shots for Sunday's victors.

"I think we had luck on our side today," said Ovechkin.

Michael Raffl posted a career-best three assists for the Flyers, who host the Caps on Tuesday having dropped five of their last seven. Couturier, Claude Giroux, Mark Streit and Jakub Voracek also lit the lamp, while Mason made 29 saves.

The Capitals produced the game's first goal on their second power play, when Ovechkin elected to pass rather than blast away from his usual spot in the left circle and the pass was tipped in by Marcus Johansson at 11:17.

Giroux evened the score inside of a minute left in the first, taking Raffl's pass and one-timing it home from the right circle.

Raffl picked up an errant Washington pass in the neutral zone and fed Streit for a successful shot off the rush from the left wing at 7:37 of the second to put Philly ahead.

Couturier victimized Grubauer on a shot from a severe angle to the left of the Caps' net, giving the visitors a 3-1 edge at 2:18 of the third period. It was a three-goal spread 74 seconds later when Voracek redirected a Raffl blast from atop the crease.

The Caps awoke from their slumber to force overtime.

Green got one back for the hosts with 8:40 remaining on a rising shot from the right point, then Orlov's floater from the point after a left-circle faceoff win brought the Caps within one as 3:31 showed on the clock.

Washington skated 6-on-5 when Ovechkin's low, blistering drive from below the circles zipped by Mason with 47.9 seconds to go. The Flyers netminder muffed a clearing attempt which set in motion the events that led to the tying goal.

"That was just a misplay," Mason said. "I didn't get that much on it. It's a bad mistake."

The luck continued to go the Capitals' way. On the first shootout try, Eric Fehr shot and Mason appeared to make the save, but the puck trickled inches over the goal line before being swept out. Giroux scored in the second round to keep Philly alive.

Game Notes

Ovechkin passed Mike Gartner (397) for second on the Capitals' all-time goal- scoring list. Peter Bondra (472) ranks first ... Washington improved to 8-3 in shootouts and leads the NHL with 10 wins beyond regulation, while Philadelphia fell to 1-3 in the game-deciding breakaway competition ... Prior to the contest, the Caps recalled forward Michael Latta from Hershey of the AHL -- since Mikhail Grabovski was a late scratch with the flu -- and assigned defenseman Nate Schmidt to Hershey.

12/15 21:18:59 ET

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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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