Fedotenko lifts Flyers in OT
nFlyers edge Washington 5-4 and Philadelphia moves within two points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jakub Voracek stuck up for his captain, putting the Philadelphia Flyers in a hole. His teammates bailed him out in a big way.
Ruslan Fedotenko scored 1:34 into overtime after Kimmo Timonen got the tying goal with 9.5 seconds left in regulation and the Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 5-4 on Sunday night.
Maxime Talbot, Matt Read and Claude Giroux also scored for the Flyers, who moved within two points of the idle New York Rangers and New York Islanders for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Capitals are a point ahead of Philadelphia in a jumbled East.
"Thirteen games left is a lot of games," Voracek said. "We haven't been on a hot streak yet. Maybe we'll start one now."
Desperate to get a point, the Flyers tied it at 4 when Timonen ripped a slap shot past Braden Holtby after several chances in front. Timonen lifted his arms in the air and pointed toward the sky in celebration.
Timonen then set up Fedotenko with a perfect crossing pass in OT to cap off a remarkable comeback and set off a wild celebration.
"He saw an opportunity to give it right back to me and it was an easy backdoor tap-in," Fedotenko said. "It's a great feeling."
Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin scored power-play goals 26 seconds apart in the third period to give the Capitals a 4-2 lead. Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green also scored for the Capitals.
The Flyers have won two in a row and are trying to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and second in 18 years.
The Capitals took advantage of a four-minute power play in the third period after Voracek pounded Steve Olesky with a barrage of rights and left him with a bloody face. Voracek went after Olesky after his hard check on Giroux. He got two minutes for instigating and two minutes for fighting with a visor.
"I'm proud of him," Timonen said. "You don't hit guys like Giroux like that and not pay the price."
Voracek hadn't fought all season and said he wasn't aware of the visor rule.
A minute into the man-advantage, Johansson took advantage of a turnover and fired a shot from inside the left circle past Ilya Bryzgalov to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead.
Then, Ovechkin ripped a slap shot from above the left faceoff circle past Bryzgalov for his eighth goal in eight games to make it 4-2.
But the Flyers rallied.
"We needed to make more of an effort on our part the last couple of minutes there," Backstrom said.
Giroux got the Flyers within one on a power-play goal with 7:12 left.
The depleted Flyers lost Talbot to a lower-body injury late in the second. They're already missing center Danny Briere and defensemen Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann and Andrej Meszaros.
Washington tied it at 2 late in the second period right after denying the Flyers on a power play. Green came out of the penalty box, took an outlet pass from Brooks Laich and beat Bryzgalov on the breakaway.
"We got a point there, but we obviously want two there," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "We let it get away."
Bruins 2, Sabres 0: David Krejci and Nathan Horton scored goals less than three minutes apart in the third period, and Anton Khudobin stopped 26 shots to pace Boston.
Blackhawks 7, Red Wings 1: Matthew Saad had two goals and an assist and Dave Bolland scored twice for Chicago.
Kings 3, Stars 2: Brad Richardson and Justin Williams scored third-period goals just over a minute apart to help lift Los Angeles.
Blue Jackets 2, Ducks 1: Mark Letestu set up the only goal in regulation and scored the game-winner in overtime, and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 of 30 shots to lead Columbus.