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Flyers 5, Capitals 4, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Associated Press

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Flyers 5, Capitals 4, SO
Philadelphia Flyers 5, Washington Capitals 4

WASHINGTON (AP) -Brian Boucher pumped his fist in celebration, relieved that his shootout performance made up for a Philadelphia letdown late in regulation.

Danny Briere scored the only goal in the shootout, Boucher stopped all three Washington attempts and the Philadelphia Flyers wasted a two-goal lead in the third period before beating the Capitals 5-4 on Saturday night.

"It's just nice to win," said Boucher, whose last victory came on Oct. 23. "Obviously, you get a two-goal lead in the third and you want to nail it down. It didn't happen."

In the shootout, Boucher blocked Nicklas Backstrom's drive, gloved Alex Ovechkin's shot and slid as Alexander Semin's try glanced off the crossbar. Briere, the second Flyers shooter, put the puck between Michal Neuvirth's pads.

"Backstrom was going high glove and I got a piece of it," Boucher said. "Ovechkin, I think for the most part, is a shooter. Earlier in the game, I showed poke-check on him, made him deke and he hit the crossbar. So I certainly wasn't going to do that again. ... I was set on him shooting. He's a good shooter and I had a read on it."

That left Semin, who couldn't convert his backhand try.

"Thank goodness," Boucher said. "As long as it doesn't go in."

Philadelphia went ahead 4-3 with 6:07 remaining on Andreas Nodl's goal from between the circles. But Eric Fehr scored on a one-timer from the right circle on a power play with 38.8 seconds left in regulation after Briere had been whistled for high-sticking.

"We need to stay out of the box, obviously," said Philadelphia defenseman Chris Pronger, who had two assists.

All three of the Capitals' third-period goals were on power plays.

Claude Giroux, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter also scored for the Flyers, who handed the Capitals their second home loss in 12 games in a duel between the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

"It's one thing to beat the lower-seed teams," Briere said. "But we have to start showing we belong amongst the best."

Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Chimera had the other goals for Washington, which lost a second straight game for the second time this season.

Washington was coming off a 5-0 loss in Atlanta on Friday, while the Flyers' last game was an 8-7 home loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday.

"Both teams were coming off games that they probably didn't feel very good about themselves," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I think two very proud teams wanted to get back and show that they could play."

The Capitals squandered two early scoring chances, clanging shots off the right post and the crossbar, before Johansson's second goal of the season gave them a 1-0 lead 8:50 into the game. Johansson darted down the slot and flicked a wrist shot past Boucher.

Giroux's team-high 11th goal tied it at 13:11 of the second period. With Washington's Brooks Laich off for goaltender interference, Giroux redirected Pronger's center-point drive at the left post.

Philadelphia went ahead on Richards' goal late in the second. Scott Hartnall, tied up at the left post, couldn't get a shot off, and shoveled a pass to Richards, who cut in from the right circle.

Carter scored midway through the third to make it 3-1. He skated into the zone and uncorked a wrist shot from between the circles with 10:20 left.

Backstrom and Chimera scored on power plays 28 seconds apart, tying it at 3. Backstrom skated to the right post to knock in Ovechkin's rebound with 8:57 remaining, and Chimera banged in his own rebound from the same spot.

Nodl converted a centering pass from James van Riemsdyk after Richards made a nice play to keep a clearing pass in the zone. Fehr's goal came off a behind-the-net feed from Laich.

Washington played the final 1:48 of overtime a man down after an interference minor against Backstrom.

"It's just unlucky that we didn't get two points, but I think we struggled hard and we fought for it," Johansson said.

NOTES: The Capitals' other consecutive losses were Oct. 19 and 21 in a home-and-home series against Boston. Their 10-1-0 record entering the game was tops in the NHL. ... Philadelphia is the first Atlantic Division team to beat the Capitals in five games. ... Washington played without RW Mike Knuble, who took a puck to the face from Fehr in Atlanta on Friday night, and D Tom Poti (groin) who missed his 12th game in 13. ... Flyers LW Daniel Carcillo (sprained left knee) sat out his third straight game.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:10
WSH
Marcus Johansson (2) ASST: Jason Chimera (6), Matt Bradley (5)
1 - 0 WSH
2nd Period
13:11
PHI
PPG - Claude Giroux (11) ASST: Chris Pronger (8)
1 - 1 Tie
17:47
PHI
Mike Richards (9) ASST: Scott Hartnell (8), Matthew Carle (7)
2 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
09:40
PHI
Jeff Carter (10) ASST: Chris Pronger (9)
3 - 1 PHI
11:03
WSH
PPG - Nicklas Backstrom (7) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (16), Brooks Laich (9)
3 - 2 PHI
11:31
WSH
PPG - Jason Chimera (4) ASST: Matt Hendricks (4), Tomas Fleischmann (5)
3 - 3 Tie
13:53
PHI
Andreas Nodl (5) ASST: James van Riemsdyk (7), Mike Richards (14)
4 - 3 PHI
19:21
WSH
PPG - Eric Fehr (4) ASST: Brooks Laich (10), Alexander Semin (12)
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDWSHPHI
1N. BackstromC. Giroux
2A. OvechkinD. Briere
3A. Semin
penalty summary
1st Period
04:56
PHI
Sean O'Donnell  Roughing against  Eric Fehr
10:41
WSH
Karl Alzner  Slashing against  Daniel Briere
16:47
WSH
Alexander Semin  Interference against  Kimmo Timonen
2nd Period
02:02
PHI
Ville Leino  Hooking against  Marcus Johansson
04:21
WSH
Alexander Semin  Slashing against  Mike Richards
05:21
WSH
John Carlson  Hooking against  Daniel Briere
07:39
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Slashing against  Michal Neuvirth
12:50
WSH
Brooks Laich  Interference on goalkeeper against  Brian Boucher
15:43
WSH
Eric Fehr  Boarding against  Ville Leino
3rd Period
01:01
PHI
Braydon Coburn  Tripping against  Alex Ovechkin
10:03
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Holding against  Tyler Sloan
11:03
PHI
Mike Richards  Slashing against  Eric Fehr
14:31
WSH
Matt Bradley  Interference against  Scott Hartnell
16:53
WSH
Alexander Semin  Tripping against  Chris Pronger
18:13
PHI
Daniel Briere  Hi-sticking against  John Carlson
OT Period
03:12
WSH
Nicklas Backstrom  Interference against  Kimmo Timonen
goalie stats
Brian Boucher
SA: 37TOI: 64:43
Saves: 33EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 15
SV%: .892SH: 0 - 0
Michal Neuvirth
Michal Neuvirth
12-3-1
SA: 35TOI: 64:53
Saves: 31EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 14
SV%: .886SH: 0 - 0
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