PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist and Claude Giroux also scored to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
Carter Hart made 27 saves for the Flyers, who broke a six-game losing streak and won just the third time in 22 games.
TJ Oishi scored for the Capitals, who lost for the second time in a row.
Giroux tied Hall of Famer Eric Lindros for eighth place on the Flyers’ all-time scoring list, scoring the 290th goal of his career just 11 seconds into the game to quickly top Philadelphia. Atkinson overtook Martin Fehrvari for the puck in the Philadelphia zone, then fed Giroux for a wrist shot from the slot that defeated Ilya Samsonov on the blocking side for his 17th season of the season.
The goal was equal to the third-fastest in a regular season game in club history, equaling Bobby Clark’s 11-second draw to open a competition on January 27, 1983. Tim Kerr set the Flyers record in March, scoring in eight seconds. 7, 1989.
Philadelphia extended their advantage to 2–0 with 1:22 remaining in the period when Atkinson finished his team-leading 18th of the season with a stellar individual effort from the edge of the net to hit Scott Laughton’s pass. To corral with the skates, find his stick and then shoot Samsonov high in the net.
Oshie pulled the Capitals within a goal on the power play with 13:07 remaining in the second. Oshie received an interference penalty from Isaac Ratcliffe and then quickly paid the Flyers a man-at-advantage, scoring on a one-timer from the slot for his sixth of the season, and for the first time since January 10.
During this, both the goals made a great save. Samsonov robbed Travis Konecki with a sensational glove save with 14:05, and Hart negated Joe Snaveli’s backhand attempt at close range to play with 10:51.
Washington continued to put pressure on Philadelphia’s field but could not come up with an equalizer. Hart retained the win with a huge pad save on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s try in the final minute after Washington pulled Samsonov to a 6-on-5 position.
The first period featured a fight between heavyweight Jack McEwen and Tom Wilson of Washington. McEwen took exception to a hard hit on him by Wilson, and they fought to a draw, with McEwen choosing a roughing minor in addition to the fighting major. The game has remained physical since then.
Capitals: D Justin Schultz did not play. Schultz sat in the February 17 meeting between the teams with an upper body injury but played in the Capitals’ next game, losing 4-1 to Rangers on Thursday. Coach Peter LaViolet said Schultz sat out of Friday practice for a maintenance day.
Flyers: Hart returned to the lineup after missing the last two eye infections. … c Derrick Brassard (hip) played for just the fourth time since 23 November. In each of the last three matches, Brassard had a long absence after appearing in one game. … Joel Farabee (upper body) was also back on the ice after sitting in the last 11 games. He made a secondary assist on Giroux’s goal.
The Flyers donated $400,000 to the Ed Snyder Youth Hockey Foundation to build a street hockey rink at the Scanlon Recreation Center in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.
Capitals: Make their three-game homestand debut against Toronto on Monday.
Flyers: host Edmonton on Tuesday in the fourth competition of a club-record eight-game homestand.
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