x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Double delight for Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin rallied the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over their Eastern Conference rival the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

The Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom, centre, is congratulated by teammates after his goal against the Flyers.
The Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom, centre, is congratulated by teammates after his goal against the Flyers.

Alex Ovechkin rallied the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over their Eastern Conference rival the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. The winger scored twice as the Caps came from 2-0 down to record their fifth win in a row and extend their lead in the Southeast Division to seven points. "It was a great game, especially coming back from [0-2] deficit," said Ovechkin.

The Capitals' goaltender, Jose Theodore, allowed two early goals from Scott Hartnell and Braydon Coburn in the first period. Ovechkin's snap shot at 16:08 in the second halved the deficit before Nicklas Backstrom tied the game two minutes later. Alexander Semin scored the go-ahead goal at 5:24 in the third before Ovechkin capped the scoring with an empty-netter. That strike gave him an NHL-leading 11 goals, while Theodore made a season-high 41 saves.

Elsewhere in the NHL, Jason Williams scored a power play goal with just over five minutes left to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks. "If you're not shooting the puck, good things are not going to happen," Williams said. "That was our focus the last few games: just get pucks to the net and shoot as much as possible. It showed again, we got a lot of pucks on net and we were rewarded with goals."

Craig Anderson stopped 25 shots for his second shutout of the season as Colorado beat Edmonton 3-0. Wojtek Wolski had two goals and Milan Hejduk also scored as the Avalanche won their third game in a row. The Oilers have lost three consecutive games and have not scored in seven periods. "Overall it was a great team effort," Anderson said. "We didn't give them all that much and whatever we did, I was able to see and make the save."

* Reuters