Ovechkin scores two as Capitals beat Flyers

Alex Ovechkin earned his night away from hockey.

Ovechkin will miss the Washington Capitals' final preseason game on Saturday in order to take part in the start of the Olympic torch relay in Greece. The first Russian to carry the torch flew off on a high note by scoring twice as the Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 Friday night at Verizon Center.

The Capitals blew a 3-0 lead as the Flyers got goals by Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds in a span of less than five minutes late in the second period. But Eric Fehr's second goal of the night and fourth in the past two games broke the tie 1:35 into the third period. Ovechkin added a power-play goal less than three minutes later, and Mathieu Perreault hit the empty net.

"Going to Greece boys!!! Can't wait!!! See u soon!" Ovechkin said on his Twitter account afterward.

The game featured five fights as well as a five-minute major and game misconduct to Philadelphia's Zach Rinaldo for elbowing Mikhail Grabovski.

Washington finishes its preseason schedule Saturday night in Chicago without Ovechkin, but he'll be in the lineup Tuesday when the Capitals are back at the United Center for their season opener against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

"They weren't missing too many guys, but they played last night so maybe they were a little tired," Capitals coach Adam Oates said when asked if the win was a barometer of his team's readiness. "We had a lot of guys play well. We're just continuing the process of trying to get ready for Tuesday.

"All in all, the guys know what they have to do and we're going in the right direction."

The Flyers open their season on the road against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night after winning only one preseason game in seven tries.

"We didn't play bad," captain Claude Giroux said. "When we were playing the way we wanted to, we were great. We're a dangerous team and we need to believe that -- the sooner the better."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:40WSH Eric Fehr (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dane Byers (1) 1 - 0 WSH
15:31WSH PPG - Alex Ovechkin (1) Slapshot - ASST: Connor Carrick (1), Mathieu Perreault (1) 2 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
11:41WSH Tom Wilson (1) Tip-in - ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (1), Jason Chimera (1) 3 - 0 WSH
14:05PHI Claude Giroux (1) Tip-in - ASST: Matt Read (1) 3 - 1 WSH
15:22PHI PPG - Scott Hartnell (1) Tip-in - ASST: Sean Couturier (1), Kimmo Timonen (1) 3 - 2 WSH
18:50PHI Wayne Simmonds (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (1), Brayden Schenn (1) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
01:35WSH Eric Fehr (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Connor Carrick (2), Mathieu Perreault (2) 4 - 3 WSH
04:13WSH PPG - Alex Ovechkin (2) Slapshot - ASST: Eric Fehr (1), Connor Carrick (3) 5 - 3 WSH
19:23WSH EN - Mathieu Perreault (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 6 - 3 WSH
Three Stars of the Game
Eric Fehr
Eric Fehr
G: 2Shots: 7
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 18:27
Alex Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin
G: 2Shots: 7
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 21:15
Tom Wilson
Tom Wilson
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 5
+/-: -1TOI: 15:32
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:32PHI Andrej Meszaros  Tripping  - 2 min against  Dane Byers
08:38WSH Connor Carrick  Interference  - 2 min against  Max Talbot
10:40PHI Zac Rinaldo  Elbowing (maj)  - 5 min against  Mikhail Grabovski
10:40PHI Zac Rinaldo  Game misconduct  - 10 min against  Mikhail Grabovski
11:44WSH Mikhail Grabovski  Interference  - 2 min against  Max Talbot
15:33WSH Tom Wilson  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Brayden Schenn
15:33PHI Brayden Schenn  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Tom Wilson
17:43WSH Joel Rechlicz  Interference  - 2 min against  Nicklas Grossmann
18:07PHI Scott Hartnell  Slashing  - 2 min against  Jason Chimera
18:07PHI Wayne Simmonds  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min
19:30WSH Dmitry Orlov  Slashing  - 2 min against  Claude Giroux
2nd Period
11:43WSH Dane Byers  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Adam Hall
11:43PHI Adam Hall  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Dane Byers
14:38WSH Connor Carrick  Holding  - 2 min against  Wayne Simmonds
15:22WSH Steve Oleksy  Instigator - Misconduct  - 10 min against  Scott Hartnell
15:22PHI Scott Hartnell  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Steve Oleksy
15:22WSH Steve Oleksy  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Scott Hartnell
15:22WSH Steve Oleksy served by Joel Rechlicz  Instigator  - 2 min against  Scott Hartnell
3rd Period
03:54WSH Aaron Volpatti  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Adam Hall
03:54PHI Adam Hall  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Aaron Volpatti
04:06PHI Mark Streit  Hi-sticking  - 2 min against  Tom Wilson
14:38WSH Tyson Strachan  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Wayne Simmonds
14:38PHI Wayne Simmonds  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Tyson Strachan
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/52/5
Faceoff Wins4833
Blocked Shots1115
Penalty Minutes5647
5B. CoburnD0012018:44
8N. GrossmannD00-10015:34
10B. SchennC01-14516:26
14S. CouturierC0100019:18
17W. SimmondsR10-141516:14
18A. HallR0001108:49
19S. HartnellL10-16717:02
21S. LaughtonC0001010:35
22L. SchennD0001017:28
24M. ReadR01-13019:06
25M. TalbotC0002016:58
28C. GirouxC10-13023:27
32M. StreitD00-22221:19
36Z. RinaldoC0000152:23
40V. LecavalierC01-21019:34
41A. MeszarosD00-12219:39
44K. TimonenD01-12023:18
76C. VandeveldeC000106:00
29R. Emery2328.82158:59
35S. Mason00.0000:00
8A. OvechkinL2007021:15
16E. FehrC2137018:27
19N. BackstromC0001016:32
23T. StrachanD0011520:34
24A. VolpattiL000159:18
25J. ChimeraL0102017:07
27K. AlznerD0020019:21
43T. WilsonR10-14515:32
46M. LattaC0000010:20
47M. CajkovskiD0021017:18
50D. ByersL0120511:34
54J. RechliczR000023:41
58C. CarrickD0312422:20
61S. OleksyD00011716:34
81D. OrlovD00-20219:06
84M. GrabovskiC01-11217:52
85M. PerreaultC1231015:53
90M. JohanssonL0000016:32
30M. Neuvirth3235.91460:00
70B. Holtby00.0000:00