PHILADELPHIA (AP) – With star Alex Ovechkin dropped from the scoreboard, the Washington Capitals turned to the fourth line when they needed it most to attack.
Garnet Hathaway scored two goals in less than two minutes late in the third half and the Capitals rallied late to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 on Thursday night.
Joe Snively, Michal Kempny and John Carlson also scored for the Capitals, who took their fifth straight win on their way to improving their 16-5-4 record over Washington.
“It’s not just defense for them,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said of the Nic Dowd-centered roster with Hathaway and Carl Hagelin. “They do a great job of getting out of the defense and into the attacking zone and creating time, creating chances and they can score.”
Gerry Mayhew’s second goal gave Philadelphia a 3-2 lead with 3:51 left in the third half before the Capitals staged their furious comeback.
Hathaway equalized in the third minute just 54 seconds after Mayhew’s goal when Carlson’s cross from Carlson’s long shot pasted Flyers keeper Martin Jones.
Hathaway then gave Washington a 4-3 lead with 1:12 remaining in the third half – 1:45 after his first goal. Flyers defender Ivan Provorov flipped the ball over behind the net and Hagelin saw Hathaway alone in front, and Hathaway buried it for the 10th time of the season.
“It was huge,” Hathaway said. “It’s a good feeling. I think we’ve been playing well lately. ”
Travis Sanheim added a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, who have lost four games in a row. The Flyers played the first competition of an eight-game house club record. They won’t hit the road again until March 10 in Florida.
“We are learning that we can play our game with confidence; Now we have to learn that we have to be confident at the end of the game,” said interim Flyers coach Mike Yeo. “We have to learn how to win. Sometimes learning how to win is also learning how not to lose.”
Carlson scored another empty goal with 48.8 seconds left.
Ovechkin is fourth in the league in terms of goals (31) and fifth in points (62).
After the sloppy, listless first period, things heated up again in the second period. Early in the game, Caps defender Dmitry Orlov pushed Flyers captain Claude Giroux into the group. Philadelphia’s Scott Laughton responded on the next shift with a crisp examination of Kempny before dropping his glove on Trevor van Riemsdyk.
“It was frustrating,” Laughton said. “I have to find a way to close that.”
The Flyers have resumed the power play after van Riemsdyk was judged as a mastermind penalty, along with an in-game misconduct. And Philadelphia took advantage, ending the game at 1 with a deft strike from Isaac Ratcliffe and Oskar Lindblom for Mayhew, who beat Ilya Samsonov 8:54 on a fourth goal.
After Ovechkin missed an opportunity to put Washington ahead, bouncing the post with a tight shot, Caps took the lead before Snively made a miss of his own power to make it 2-1 with 7:11 in the second round.
Sanheim knocked it out in 2nd place with 58.4 seconds left in this time, ending a 2-on-1 match against Travis Konecny by lifting a high-ball shot past Samsonov from close range.
Kempny scored his first goal of the season with a powerful shot from the top of the box over Jones’ block to give Washington a 1-0 lead in the first half.
ROOM OF TRAINER
Capitals: D Justin Schultz (upper body) missed the competition for the second straight time. He is day in and day out.
Flyers: D Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body) was dropped from the lineup for the third game in a row. … Mayhew returned from a game absentee following a cut near his eye that required 12 stitches.
Capitals: After a six-day break, Washington will be at the New York Rangers on February 24.
Leaflet: Host Carolina on Monday.
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