Washington Capitals use third-period surge to knock off Philadelphia Flyers

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Washington's Mike Ribeiro (left) fights for the puck with Philadelphia's Ruslan Fedotenko during the Capitals' win Friday night. Washington ended a two-game skid.  NICK WASS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Washington's Mike Ribeiro (left) fights for the puck with Philadelphia's Ruslan Fedotenko during the Capitals' win Friday night. Washington ended a two-game skid.

WASHINGTON — Troy Brouwer and Wojtek Wolksi scored third-period goals, and Braden Holtby made 29 saves in the Washington Capitals’ 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night.

Niklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist for Washington (2-5-1), which had lost two in a row.

Defenseman Bruno Gervais, and Brayden Schenn scored for the Flyers (2-6), who have lost three in a row.

RED WINGS 5, BLUES 3

In Detroit, Henrik Zetterberg scored three goals, and his second assist of the game set up Pavel Datsyuk’s tiebreaking goal at 9:38 of third period to help the Red Wings beat St. Louis.

Zetterberg scored the first two goals and set up Jonathan Ericsson’s tying goal early in the third period. Detroit’s captain missed practice on Thursday because he wasn’t feeling well, but he was at the top of his game Friday.

St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak left the game shortly after Zetterberg’s second goal midway through the first period and was replaced by Brian Elliott. It wasn’t clear whether Halak was hurt or was pulled by coach Ken Hitchcock.

Detroit’s Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for his 114th victory, tying Dominik Hasek for seventh place on the team’s career list.

LIGHTNING 8, JETS 3

In Tampa, Fla., Cory Conacher had two goals and an assist to lead the Lightning past Winnipeg.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier, Nate Thompson, Teddy Purcell, Ryan Malone and Benoit Pouliot. Stamkos and Lecavalier both added two assists.

The Lightning, 6-1-0 this season, have scored five or more goals in four consecutive games.

HURRICANES 1, SENATORS 0

In Raleigh, N.C., Dan Ellis made 33 saves for his first shutout in more than two years and Eric Staal scored to lead Carolina past Ottawa.

Ellis, making only his second start of the season, earned his 13th career shutout and first since Nov. 9, 2010, against Toronto while he was with Tampa Bay.

Craig Anderson had 34 saves for Ottawa.


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