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Ovechkin nets twice as Caps go past Flyers

ALEX Ovechkin rallied the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over Eastern Conference rivals the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

Ovechkin scored twice, including the first of four unanswered goals, for the Capitals (7-2-2) who notched their fifth successive win and extended their lead in the Southeast Division to seven points.

"It was a great game, especially coming back from a (0-2) deficit," Ovechkin told reporters.

Elsewhere in the National Hockey League, it was: Red Wings 5, Canucks 4; and Avalanche 3, Oilers 0.

In Washington, Capitals goaltender Jose Theodore allowed two early goals from Scott Hartnell and Braydon Coburn in the first period before Ovechkin's snap shot at 16:08 in the second put Washington on the board and Nicklas Backstrom tied the game two minutes later.

Alexander Semin, in the lineup after missing the previous two games, scored the go-ahead goal at 5:24 in the third before Ovechkin capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 46 seconds remaining.

Ovechkin took the league lead with 11 goals while Theodore made a season-high 41 saves.

"I'm just trying to limit teams to one or two goals a game, and with this team we have we should win," Theodore said. "We have a good thing going."

Philadelphia (5-4-1) pressured late with 20 shots on goal in the third but could not capitalize on their chances. Flyers goalie Ray Emery made 32 saves in the defeat.

In Vancouver, British Columbia, Jason Williams scored a powerplay goal with 5:03 left in a wild third period to lead Detroit to victory over the Canucks.

At Edmonton, Alberta, Craig Anderson stopped 25 shots for his second shutout of the season to lead Colorado past Edmonton.


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