Capitals overwhelm 2 goalies in 7-0 rout of Flyers

By Mike Wisniewski/AP 11:10pm, November 1, 2013
Joel Ward scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, and Braden Holtby coasted to a shutout in the Washington Capitals' 7-0 fight-filled rout of the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night.

Jason Chimera added a goal and three assists, and Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski each had three points as the Capitals (6-7) won for the first time this season when captain Alex Ovechkin didn't score a goal. Ovechkin didn't make the trip to Philadelphia because of an upper-body injury.

Washington had been 0-4 when Ovechkin, who entered Friday second in the league with 10 goals, didn't score.

Ward's third-period goal that made it 7-0 sparked a brawl. Just 9 seconds later, Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds fought Washington's Tom Wilson. Flyers goalie Ray Emery then took on Holtby in another bout.

In the melee, a total of 114 penalty minutes were handed out. Overall, Philadelphia racked up 99 penalty minutes, and Washington received 65.


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