Flyers 3, Capitals 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Gino Odjick’s go-ahead breakaway goal early in the third period led the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over Washington on Thursday night, snapping the Capitals six-game unbeaten string.
Odjick took a pass from Valeri Zelepukin deep in the Philadelphia zone, skated in and beat Olaf Kolzig to the glove side with a backhander 2:45 into the period.
Eric Lindros added an insurance goal with five minutes left while the Flyers were on a 5-on-3 power play. Rick Tocchet added a second-period goal in his first game with the Flyers after being re-acquired Wednesday from Phoenix.
Chris Simon scored for the Capitals, winless in six games at Philadelphia. Washington entered the game on a 5-0-1 streak.
Rookie goalie Brian Boucher made a number of brilliant saves for the Flyers, who held a 33-18 shots advantage. Boucher grabbed a shot by Simon out of mid-air late in the first and made a juggling stop on Andrei Nikolishin’s hard shot midway through the third.
Simon, playing in his 300th NHL game, put the Capitals ahead 1-0 at 12:03 of the first period with his team-high 23rd goal. He flicked the puck in from the goal mouth after taking a pass from behind the net from Ulf Dahlen.
Tocchet flipped in a rebound of his own shot on a power play with 2:44 left in the second to pull the Flyers even. Philadelphia leads the NHL with 65 power-play goals.
Tocchet, one of the most popular players during his first stint with the Flyers from 1984-1992, received a thunderous ovation after his 13th goal was announced.
Goal judge John Casey suffered cuts on his head with 14:15 left when the lights behind the Washington net were knocked to the ground after Lindros checked Dmitri Mironov into the boards.