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Philly beats Washington in overtime

DANNY Briere celebrated his birthday in style, scoring an overtime goal to give Philadelphia a 6-5 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, and maintain the Flyers' perfect start to the season.

The 32-year-old center's wrist shot at 3:52 in the extra session helped the Flyers improve to 3-0 and ensure their best start to a season since 1998-99.

"I saw a little opening, got a lucky bounce and was able to put it on the side of the net," Briere said of his first goal of the season.

"It was a roller coaster game, whatever momentum one team had seemed to be lost in the next second."

Mike Richards scored a hat trick for the Flyers in a breathless second period boasting seven goals.

Two-time Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin tallied a pair of goals and an assist in the loss, the first a backhand past Philadelphia keeper Ray Emery seven minutes into the second, followed by a wrister to give Washington a 3-2 advantage.

Richards, who opened the scoring at 1:37 in the second, closed the period with two straight goals as the Flyers took a 4-3 lead.

In other games, it was: Hurricanes 2, Lightning 1, SO; Senators 2, Maple Leafs 1; Wild 4, Ducks 3, OT; Flames 4, Canadiens 3; Oilers 5, Stars 4, SO; and Kings 6, Sharks 4.

In Toronto, Daniel Alfredsson's second-period goal on a penalty shot gave Ottawa a victory over Toronto.

The Senators captain used a nifty backhand deke move against Swedish countryman Jonas Gustavsson to help lift his team to its first victory of the young season. Shean Donovan had the other goal for Ottawa (1-1-0).

Matt Stajan scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs (0-2-1).

In St Paul, Minnesota, Andrew Brunette's power-play goal in overtime lifted Minnesota to a win over Anaheim.

Trailing 3-0 with less than 14 minutes to play in the third, the Wild got goals from Mikko Koivu, Petr Sykora and Eric Belanger to send the game to overtime.

The Ducks got second period goals from Joffrey Lupul, Evgeny Artyukhin and Saku Koivu but were held to just two shots in the final 20 minutes of regulation as Minnesota rallied.

In Calgary, Alberta, Staffan Kronwall's first NHL goal lifted unbeaten Calgary to a victory over Montreal.

Kronwall's goal was scored 2:16 into the third period.


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