Capitals mount late rally to down Flyers 5-4 in shootout
December 17, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin scored with 48 seconds left and goalie Phillip Grubauer came off for an extra attacker to cap a late three-goal rally as the Washington Capitals went on to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 in a shootout Sunday.
Mike Green cut Washington's deficit to 4-2 with 8:40 remaining, and Dmitry Orlov pulled the Capitals within one with 3:31 to go. The two defensemen scored on long slap shots.
Ovechkin then tied it with his NHL-leading 27th goal.
In the shootout, Eric Fehr and Nicklas Backstrom for Washington and Grubauer made two saves on three shots to give Washington an improbable victory in the first meeting of the teams since they brawled at the end of the Capitals' 7-0 victory in Philadelphia on Nov. 1.
Marcus Johansson had a first-period goal for Washington.
Claude Giroux, Mark Streit, Sean Couturier and Jacob Voracek scored for Philadelphia, and Michael Raffl had three assists.
Blackhawks 3, Kings 1 Jonathan Toews set up two of Chicago's three first-period goals as the Blackhawks cooled off Los Angeles in a rematch of last season's Western Conference finals.
Rookie Antti Raanta made 21 saves to help Chicago bounce back from a 7-3 loss at Toronto on Saturday night. Marian Hossa had a short-handed score that snapped Los Angeles' NHL-record streak of 18 games without allowing a first-period goal.
Kris Versteeg and Patrick Sharp also scored for Chicago. Alec Martinez scored for Los Angeles.
The Kings (22-8-4) had won six in a row and were hoping to complete a perfect four-game trip in the same building where their Stanley Cup title defense ended in June. But the matchup of the NHL's best offensive team and the league's stingiest defense went to the high-scoring Blackhawks, who have won four of five and lead the NHL with 53 points.
Ducks 3, Oilers 2 Dustin Penner scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:17 to play and Ryan Getzlaf extended his points streak to 14 games as Anaheim beat Edmonton for its fifth straight victory.
Other games on Sunday:
Rangers 4, flames 3, so
Panthers 2, canadiens 1
Lightning 3, red wings 0