Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – Vincent Lecavalier netted a goal in overtime to cap the Philadelphia Flyers’ comeback from a two-goal deficit en route to a 5-4 win over the Washington Capitals Sunday at Verizon Center.
Lecavalier’s 14th goal of the season came at 2:45 in overtime when he unleashed a wristshot that went past Braden Holtby, lifting the Flyers (32-24-6) to their second straight win.
Claude Giroux scored twice and issued an assist, Jakub Voracek and Adam Hall added a goal each while Steve Mason had 25 saves for the Flyers.
Dmitry Orlov buried two goals, Jay Beagle and Marcus Johansson had a score each and Holtby stopped 31 shots but their efforts went for naught as the loss ended the Capitals’ four-game winning streak, dropping them to 29-23-10.
After a slow start, the intensity ramped up considerably six minutes into the game. Washington took advantage first at 6:06 when Orlov capped off a dominant shift by the team’s second line.
With the Flyers’ defense scrambling, Orlov called his own shot, motioning to Troy Brouwer, who was behind the net. The defenseman wound up from the left circle and fired a booming shot past Mason.
The Flyers tied the game on the power play at 11:22, though more than 90 seconds of game time had elapsed before it could be confirmed. Giroux ripped a one-timer past Braden Holtby from the left circle that clipped the back bar and caromed right out.
The official behind the net, however, quickly waved it off, so play continued as the Flyers huddled to celebrate. Once play halted, the initial ruling was overturned by video review, officially confirming Giroux’s 20th goal of the season.
Johansson restored the Capitals’ one-goal lead at 13:56 when he tipped in Jason Chimera’s centering pass for his eighth of the season and his second at even strength.
The Flyers seized momentum and cashed in at 12:50 on a shorthanded goal by Hall. Alex Ovechkin turned the puck over behind the Washington net, leaving an ill-advised drop pass for John Carlson that Sean Couturier retrieved and fed to Hall in the slot.
The Capitals scored twice in less than three minutes left in the second to grab a 4-2 lead. Beagle slammed a backhanded pass from Joel Ward in the crease at 13:44 before Orlov scored on another long-range slap shot for his second of the game and third of the season.
In the third, the Flyers cut their deficit to 4-3 at 11:58 on a slap shot from Voracek before Giroux tied the game with 1:05 remaining.
The two teams will meet again Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center.