WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin In Saturday’s 3-1 rout of the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena, he tied the NHL record with 30 goals in a season.
Ovechkin tied Mike Gartner for the 17th time with a putback to score in front to tie the game at 1-1 at 17:56 of the first period.
Darcy Kumper Made 22 saves for the Capitals (23-16-6), who have lost three of four.
“I think we haven’t been ourselves in the last two games. So that’s something we have to change,” Capitals Center Nicklas Backstrom said: “We had a very good game, we had good possession, but it’s about scoring goals. We need to create more. We need to score more goals.”
Video: [email protected] Ovi ties Gartner for 17th 30-goal season
Carter Hart made 39 saves, including 19 in the third period, and Scott Laughton had a goal and an assist for the Flyers (18-18-7), who went home-and-home and 7-1-0 in their last eight games. They won 5-3 in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
“On our heels in the third period. That’s when Carter just steps up,” Philadelphia coach John Tortorella said. “But this is a good team win for us. We did some really good things in the first two periods … And then in the third, Carter took over the game.”
The Flyers went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play.
“We’re on a good run here,” Philadelphia forward James van Riemsdyk said: “I think we’re building trust with everything we’re trying to do.”
Video. [email protected] Lawton deflects his shot home on the power play
Laughton gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead on the power play at 13:16 of the first when he was redirected. Tony DeAngelothe shot of
Ovechkin tied it after his initial shot was blocked by a Philadelphia defender Nick Siler.
Ovechkin has scored at least 30 goals in all but one of his 18 NHL seasons. he scored 24 goals in 45 games in 2020-21, when the league played a 56-game schedule due to concerns over the coronavirus. Gartner had at least 30 goals in 17 of his 19 seasons before 1998.
Van Riemsdyk gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead at 4:51 of the second period.
Kuemper played the puck behind the net, and Morgan Frost broke it along the left boards. Frost is fed Owen Tippettwho skated into the left faceoff circle and slotted to a wide open van Riemsdyk who fired into the open net.
“We were late getting back into the zone, and when we did, it was just a split second,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. “We usually come back pretty strong. I thought we could do a better job of just going back to the top of the house and maybe throw some wood on it. [puck] because it hit the ice.”
Video: [email protected] Tippett, van Riemsdyk team up for a goal
Wade Ellison made a transfer Kevin Hayes and scored in traffic at 5:40 for a 3-1 final.
“Timely goals,” Tortorella said. “Some are defeating the purpose of the Allies. That’s a big goal. I thought we defended the box well. Nothing specific. [tonight]. I just thought we played well as a team.”
Washington outscored Philadelphia 19-9 in the third quarter.
“I feel like we’re getting into the zone,” Capitals forward Tom Wilson “But when we’re there, that’s when we have to make the next play, and we haven’t.”
NOTES: Laughton has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in his last 18 games. … Flyers ahead Travis Konetzny ended his 10-game hitting streak. … DeAngelo has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his last 10 games. … Ovechkin became the fifth player in NHL history to hit 400 home goals (Wayne Gretzky, 492; Gordie Howe, 449; Jaromir Jagr, 411; Gartner, 401). Ovechkin, who has 410 goals, became the second player to score 400 home and away goals. Gretzky had 402 on the road. … Metropolitan center Nick Dowd led all players with nine hits.