Flyers Hold Off Caps

The Flyers were intent on not blowing a three-goal lead for a second straight time to Washington.

Philadelphia scored four unanswered goals to beat Washington, 5-2, Tuesday night. It evened their record to 15-15-4 on the season, and their second win in the last six games.

“Guys talked about not letting that happen again," Matt Read said. "We just amped ourselves up in the locker room.

"We took it as a 0-0 game and we had to come out and get the first goal and stay on our toes and keep them on their heels. Keep getting pucks deep and playing our game.”

Jakub Voracek scored twice for the Flyers, improving his goal total to eight on the season. Kimmo Timonen assisted on both goals as well.

Washington jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the second period. 

Nicklas Backstrom centered a pass intended for Alex Ovechkin, but Nicklas Grossmann got in the way. Unfortunately for Grossmann, he couldn't get a handle on the puck and Ovechkin did, ultimately putting it in the back of the net.

Less than a minute later, Voracek potted his first goal of the game. Receiving an outlet pass from Braydon Coburn, Voracek skated in on a 2-on-1, elected to shoot, and beat Braden Holtby to tie the game up.

Five minutes, 31 seconds into the second, Eric Fehr gave Washington the lead. It wasn't until six minutes later that Read tied the game up for the Flyers with his 10th of the season.

It was all Flyers from that point forward. It was due to a five-minute major for charging to Tom Wilson, who flew in from up ice and drilled Brayden Schenn head first into the boards.

Schenn had trouble getting up after the hit, and fell down to the ice. He never returned.

"Well, I hope he’s all right," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "It’s a tough, reckless play; a hit from behind. He’ll be all right."

Berube wouldn't give an opinion on whether he thought it was a suspendable hit or not.

The Flyers scored twice on that power play to go up, 4-2. Mark Streit blasted home his third goal of the season, and Voracek scored his second of the game by sliding a low shot under Holtby in traffic.

Wayne Simmonds added his sixth of the season over seven minutes into the third to cap off the scoring.

The Flyers were all over Washington in the final two periods, out-shooting Washington 25-17. Steve Mason made 24 saves in a redemption effort just two days after blowing a 4-1 lead to Washington.

“It was a good win," Mason said. "The guys worked extremely hard. From my standpoint, the forwards and defensemen won this victory tonight.”

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John Russo
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