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Flyers 6, Capitals 5, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 6, Capitals 5, OT
Washington Capitals 5, Philadelphia Flyers 6

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Mike Richards and Alex Ovechkin showed off a sensational scoring show in a can-you-top-this second period.

Back-and-forth went two of the top young stars in the Eastern Conference: Ovechkin, Washington's back-to-back Hart Trophy winner, against the Flyers' blossoming young captain.

Richards bested Ovechkin in goals - and on the final score.

Danny Briere pounced on a loose puck and knocked in the rebound at 3:52 of overtime to keep the Philadelphia Flyers perfect and lift them to a 6-5 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

"There's no doubt it's fun once in a while," Briere said. "I think it's exciting. It's great for the fans. I certainly think it's good for the game."

Richards had his second career NHL hat trick to help the Flyers improve to 3-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 season. Ovechkin scored twice and has five goals already in three games this season for Washington (2-0-1).

Ovechkin and Richards scored all their goals in a wildly entertaining second period. The teams scored seven times, and Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov was yanked for Jose Theodore.

"It's not the ideal way to win, but every once in a while you have to find a way to win these games," Richards said.

Matt Carle set a Flyers record among defensemen for most assists in a period with four in the second.

Alexander Semin scored twice for the Capitals.

"We don't want to get involved in a track meet with the Pittsburghs and the Washingtons of the world," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "I think we're built just a little bit differently, but we do have an exciting offensive team and I think you saw that."

Ovechkin and Richards turned the second period into a rapid-fire game of 1-on-1 that gave a sold-out crowd at the Flyers' home opener its money's worth.

After a scoreless first, Richards took a fantastic pass from Carle and shot high from the red line 1:37 into the period for the power-play goal to make it 1-0.

The fans were just winding down from the replay when Ovechkin, who scored twice on opening night, scored his first goal thanks to a turnover and tied it only 67 seconds later.

Ovechkin made it 2-2, and Richards had another goal on the power play that tied it at 3-all.

Ovechkin appreciated going goal-to-goal with Richards.

"He's a great player and this was a great game," Ovechkin said.

When Richards scored his third goal of the period only 18 seconds after his second and put it past Varlamov, the crowd burst into cheers. Fans littered the ice with hats and caused a brief stoppage. Richards pumped his fists and was mobbed by teammates after giving Philadelphia a 4-3 lead.

The Flyers collected 492 hats.

"You definitely enjoy the rush," Richards said. "You have to do that when you get the opportunity."

Semin poked his third of the season past Emery, and Kimmo Timonen's first was a wrister through teammate Jeff Carter's screen that put the Flyers ahead 2-1.

No one played a bigger role in Richards' success than Carle. The defenseman forced the turnover that led to Richards' third goal. Carle had two points in the first two games.

Semin tied it at 4 early in the third, and Brendan Morrison put the Capitals ahead when the puck bounced off him and past Emery as he skidded into the crease.

Scott Hartnell poked in a deflection with 4:10 left in the third that gave the Flyers new life and would sent the game into overtime. The goal was Philadelphia's third on the power play.

Emery, who had a shutout in his Flyers debut, was shaky in his first game in front of the orange-and-black clad fans. He stopped 31 shots.

Varlamov allowed four goals on 25 shots.

"Varlamov has to be more mentally tough to play," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They seem to score in bunches on him right now."

Briere, who missed most of last season due to groin and abdomen injuries, bailed out Emery with his first goal.

NOTES: Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said C Blair Betts will miss at least a month due to a dislocated right shoulder. Holmgren said rookie LW James van Riemsdyk had his "bell rung" and will be evaluated on Wednesday. ... Washington RW Mike Knuble, who spent the last four seasons with the Flyers, got a nice ovation during pregame introductions. ... Richards' previous hat trick was Feb. 8, 2006, against the Islanders. ... Richards tied the Flyers' record for most goals in a period. ... The last defenseman to record four assists in one period was Los Angeles' Rob Blake, who did it in the second period against Calgary on Jan. 29, 1998. ... Richards was the first Flyers player to post a hat trick in the team's home opener.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
PPG - Mike Richards (3) ASST: Matthew Carle (2), Chris Pronger (3)
1 - 0 PHI
Alex Ovechkin (4) ASST: Matt Bradley (1), Nicklas Backstrom (6)
1 - 1 Tie
Kimmo Timonen (1) ASST: Matthew Carle (3), Simon Gagne (2)
2 - 1 PHI
Alex Ovechkin (5) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (7)
2 - 2 Tie
Alexander Semin (3) ASST: Mike Green (2), Shaone Morrisonn (1)
3 - 2 WSH
PPG - Mike Richards (4) ASST: Matthew Carle (4)
3 - 3 Tie
Mike Richards (5) ASST: Matthew Carle (5)
4 - 3 PHI
3rd Period
PPG - Alexander Semin (4) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (8), Alex Ovechkin (4)
4 - 4 Tie
Brendan Morrison (2) ASST: Matt Bradley (2), Brooks Laich (3)
5 - 4 WSH
PPG - Scott Hartnell (1) ASST: Braydon Coburn (1), Kimmo Timonen (2)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
Daniel Briere (1) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (3), Jeff Carter (1)
6 - 5 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
Darroll Powe  Tripping against  Shaone Morrisonn
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Bradley
Matt Bradley  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
Darroll Powe  Interference against  Mike Green
Chris Clark  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ray Emery
Daniel Briere  Hi-sticking against  Mike Green
2nd Period
Mike Green  Cross checking against  Mika Pyorala
Alexander Semin  Hooking against  Matthew Carle
Chris Pronger  Hooking against  Boyd Gordon
John Erskine  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Parent
Milan Jurcina  Holding against  James van Riemsdyk
Brooks Laich  Interference against  Ryan Parent
John Erskine  Holding against  Daniel Briere
3rd Period
Boyd Kane  Hooking against  Darroll Powe
Jeff Carter  Hooking against  Mike Knuble
Boyd Gordon  Holding against  Darroll Powe
Kimmo Timonen  Hooking against  Alexander Semin
OT Period
goalie stats
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 25TOI: 33:59
Saves: 21EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .840SH: 2 - 2
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 16TOI: 29:45
Saves: 14EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .875SH: 0 - 0
Ray Emery
SA: 36TOI: 63:36
Saves: 31EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .861SH: 2 - 2
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