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Flyers tough on the road

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Philadelphia is now 7-1 amid their 11-game road trip after beating the Capitals

AP , WASHINGTON

Olaf Kolzig, top, of the Capitals makes a save against Mike Knuble, right, of the lyers at the MCI Center in Washington on Friday. Philadelphia defeated Washington 3-1.

PHOTO: AFP

Simon Gagne and Peter Forsberg each had a goal and an assist and the Philadelphia Flyers stretched their road-point streak to 14 games by beating the Washington Capitals 3-1 in the NHL on Friday.

Mike Rathje also scored for the Flyers, who improved to 7-1 on their 11-game road trip. Their only loss in that stretch was a shootout defeat last Saturday in Washington.

Philadelphia has won three straight and eight of 10. With points in their next two road games, the Flyers would tie the team mark set in 1979-1980.

Alexander Ovechkin scored for Washington, which has dropped three straight and four of five.

Gagne is second in the NHL with 29 goals. Forsberg's empty-netter snapped the Flyers' run of nine consecutive one-goal decisions.

Thrashers 6, Penguins 4

At Atlanta, Ilya Kovalchuk put up his second hat trick of the season, scoring his third goal into an empty net with 44 seconds left to clinch a victory over Pittsburgh.

The Thrashers built a 5-0 lead through two periods before the Penguins scored four times.

Kovalchuk has 30 goals despite missing all of training camp and the first three games in a contract dispute. He came into the night trailing Philadelphia's Simon Gagne by one goal for the NHL lead, but passed him.

Sidney Crosby picked up one assist but largely had a forgettable night for the Penguins. The 18-year-old center was twice penalized for slashing, drew derisive chants from the crowd and was taunted by Kovalchuk after the Thrashers star scored his second goal.

John LeClair, Michel Ouellet, Colby Armstrong and Mark Recchi scored for Pittsburgh in the first 15:42 of the third.

The Thrashers knocked out Penguins goalie Jocelyn Thibault with three goals on their first nine shots, then held on for their third win in four games.

Hurricanes 4, Islanders 1

At Raleigh, North Carolina, Cory Stillman scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period to lead Carolina past New York.

Kevyn Adams, Rod Brind'Amour and Justin Williams also scored for the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes, who won the last three games of a four-game homestand.

Eric Godard scored for the Islanders, but probably gained more attention for a first-period hit on Williams that raised the ire of both the Hurricanes and their fans. It led to some testy exchanges between the teams, who meet again in New York today.

Stillman extended his point streak to 10 games with his 13th goal. Cam Ward finished with 28 saves in the victory.

New York's Wade Dubielewicz made 31 saves in his first NHL start this season and just his fourth career game. He played in place of injured regulars Rick DiPietro and Garth Snow.

Red Wings 3, Predators 1

At Nashville, Tennessee, defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scored two power-play goals, leading Detroit over Nashville.

It marked the first time this season that the Predators lost in regulation to a Central Division team.

The Red Wings tied it 1-1 in the second period with a power-play goal. At 17:16, Lidstrom skated just inside the middle of the blue line and fired a one-timer past Tomas Vokoun.

Detroit took a 2-1 lead 2 minutes into the third when Jason Williams scored from close range. Lidstrom scored his second of the game with 6:53 left.

Stars 4, Mighty Ducks 3, SO

At Dallas, Antti Miettinen scored in the fourth round of the shootout to send Dallas over Anaheim.

After both teams missed in the first round, Jussi Jokinen connected in the second for Dallas. Anaheim's Andy McDonald matched that goal in the third and final round of regulation.

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