PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Alex Ovechkin scored twice to move within one goal of Marcel Dionne for fifth place on the NHL’s career goal-scoring list as the Washington Capitals downed the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Saturday. Dmitry Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Conor Sheary, and Anthony Mantha added goals. At the same time, John Carlson recorded four assists for Washington, which increased its lead in the East Division to four points over the New York Islanders. Ivan Provorov, James van Riemsdyk and rookie Wade Allison, who recorded his first NHL goal, scored for the Flyers. Ovechkin now has 730 regular-season goals in his 16-year career. Dionne finished with 731 during 18 seasons with the Red Wings, Kings, and Rangers from 1971-89. Saturday’s goals increased Ovechkin’s career total against Philadelphia to 42, one of six teams that he’s scored 40 or more goals against.
Ovechkin’s influence was felt all afternoon. After drawing a penalty on Flyers defenseman Justin Braun behind the Philadelphia net less than three minutes into the first period, Ovechkin camped out in the high face-off circle on the left side and rocketed a slapshot past Flyers goaltender Alex Lyon for the first goal of the game.
Provorov tied it in the final second of the period before Orlov scored early in the second to give the Capitals the lead again. Van Riemsdyk took advantage of a bad line change and tied the game again on a two-on-one rush.
After a Nic Aube-Kubel hooking penalty in the second period, Ovechkin whistled a set-up pass from Carlson past Lyon’s stick side for his 24th season to give Washington the lead back at 3-2. Kuznetsov made it 4-2 when he got behind the Flyer’s defense and scored late in the period.
Philadelphia narrowed the lead to 4-3 seven minutes into the third when Allison scored from directly in front after a perfect pass from Kevin Hayes.
She followed with a deflection of Justin Schultz’s point shot that snuck between Lyon’s pads just two minutes later to quash the Flyers’ comeback bid. Mantha added an empty-net goal with just over a minute left.
Capitals: Goaltender Ilya Samsonov returned to the net on Saturday after missing Thursday night’s game against Buffalo due to an upper-body injury. He recorded 22 saves in the victory.
Flyers: Goaltender Carter Hart was a late scratch on Saturday with what the club called a lower-body injury. Hart had participated in the Flyers optional skate on Friday at the club’s training facility and was scheduled to start Saturday’s game. He made his first start of the season while regular backup Brian Elliott will start Sunday night against the New York Islanders.
Capitals: At Boston Sunday.
Flyers: Host Islanders Sunday.
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