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Rookie Wade Allison scores twice, Flyers beat Capitals 4-2

Washington Capitals right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) collides with Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Justin Braun (61) during the second period of an NHL ...
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Philippe Myers (5) shoots as Washington Capitals right wing Daniel Sprong (10) defends with Washington Capitals goalten...

Washington Capitals right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) collides with Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Justin Braun (61) during the second period of an NHL ...

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Philippe Myers (5) shoots as Washington Capitals right wing Daniel Sprong (10) defends with Washington Capitals goalten...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rookie Wade Allison scored twice, Brian Elliott made 28 saves and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Capitals 4-2 on Friday night to prevent Washington from reclaiming first place in the East Division.

The Capitals trail the Pittsburgh Penguins by two points with two games left on their regular-season schedule. A Penguins victory in their regular-season finale against last-place Buffalo on Saturday and another Washington loss to Philadelphia hours later would clinch the division for Pittsburgh.

Long since eliminated from playoff contention, the Flyers nevertheless outplayed the Capitals, who were again without captain Alex Ovechkin and defenseman Justin Schultz because of lower-body injuries and top center Evgeny Kuznetsov, who’s on the NHL COVID protocol list. Rookie goaltender Vitek Vanecek allowed three goals on 28 shots in his third consecutive start with Ilya Samsonov also out for protocol reasons.

Daniel Sprong scored his 13th goal of the season and sixth in his past six games mostly in Ovechkin’s usual spot in the lineup. T.J. Oshie added his fourth in the past two games since the death of his father, but the Capitals’ comeback bid from a 3-1 deficit fell short.

Joel Farabee took advantage of a defensive-zone miscue by Washington to open the scoring 1:44 into the game, and Sean Couturier sealed it for Philadelphia with an empty-net goal with 30.1 seconds left.

STARS 5, LIGHTNING 2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Joe Pavelski had two goals and two assists to help and Dallas beat Tampa Bay to keep its postseason hopes alive.

Dallas within two points of Nashville heading into the final weekend of the regular season. The Stars play Chicago on Sunday and Monday, while the Predators host Carolina on Saturday and Monday.

Roope Hintz added a goal and two assists for Dallas. Joel Kiviranta and Jamie Oleksiak also scored, and Anton Khudobin made 26 saves.

Blake Coleman and Alex Barre-Boulet scored for Tampa Bay.

RED WINGS 5, BLUE JACKETS 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thomas Greiss made 22 saves and Detroit scored three goals in the second period to beat Columbus.

Jakub Vrana had a goal and an assist, and Joe Veleno and Danny DeKeyser also scored in the second period for the Red Wings, who are dueling with the Blue Jackets to stay out of the Central Division basement as they play out the final weekend. Detroit leads Columbus by one point in the standings ahead of Saturday’s finale.

Gavin Bayreuther and Nathan Gerbe scored for the Blue Jackets. They have lost 12 of their last 14.


Updated : 2021-06-23 20:24 GMT+08:00