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Capitals rally sees Flyers come down to earth with a jolt


Alex Ovechkin scored with 48 seconds left and goalie Phillip Grubauer went off for an extra attacker to cap a late three-goal rally as the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 in a shootout on Sunday.

Mike Green cut Washington’s deficit to 4-2 with 8 minutes, 40 seconds remaining, before Dmitry Orlov pulled the Capitals within one with 3:31 to go.

The two defensemen scored on long-range slap-shots.

Ovechkin then tied it with his NHL-leading 27th goal.

In the shootout, Eric Fehr and Nicklas Backstrom scored for Washington, while Grubauer made two saves on three shots to give Washington an improbable victory in the first meeting of the teams since they brawled at the end of the Capitals’ 7-0 victory in Philadelphia on Nov. 1.

Marcus Johansson had a first-period goal for Washington.

Claude Giroux, Mark Streit, Sean Couturier and Jacob Voracek scored for Philadelphia.

Chicago’s Jonathan Toews set up two of the Blackhawks’ three first-period goals in a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals.

Rookie Antti Raanta made 21 saves to help Chicago bounce back from a 7-3 loss at Toronto on Saturday night. Marian Hossa had a short-handed score that snapped Los Angeles’ NHL-record streak of 18 games without allowing a first-period goal.

Kris Versteeg and Patrick Sharp also scored for Chicago. Alec Martinez scored for Los Angeles.

In Anaheim, California, Dustin Penner scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:17 to play and Ryan Getzlaf extended his points streak to 14 games as the Ducks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 for their fifth straight victory.

Corey Perry’s seven-game goal streak ended, but his linemates connected for the deciding score in the Pacific Division-leading Ducks’ 15th victory in their past 17 meetings with last-placed Edmonton.

Teemu Selanne ended his 19-game goal drought in the second period, while Jonas Hiller made 23 saves to help the Ducks improve to 13-0-2 at the Honda Center.

Sam Gagner scored the tying goal with 9:34 to play for the Oilers, who have lost three straight games.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored, while Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 31 shots.

In Sunday’s other NHL games, the New York Rangers edged the Calgary Flames 4-3 in overtime, the Florida Panthers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 and the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the Detroit Red Wings 3-0.

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