PHILADELPHIA -- Center Claude Giroux and right winger Jakub Voracek each scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
Right wingers Adam Hall and Steve Downie also scored goals for Philadelphia, which won seven of eight to take a two-point lead over the New York Rangers for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Centers Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich and right wingers Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer scored goals for the Capitals, who were 7-2-1 in their previous 10 games before losing a home-and-home series to the Flyers.
The Flyers (33-24-6) rallied for a 5-4 overtime win at the Capitals (29-24-10) on Sunday. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead in this one and held on after Washington rallied.
The Capitals are one point behind Columbus for the final playoff spot in the East but only trail the Flyers by four points.
Hoping to make a strong playoff push, Washington made multiple trades before Wednesday's trade deadline. The Capitals acquired left winger Dustin Penner from Anaheim, center Chris Brown and defenseman Rostislav Klesla from Phoenix and goaltender Jaroslav Halak from Buffalo. Penner was the only new player in uniform for the Capitals.
Giroux and Voracek scored 1:34 apart in the first period to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.
Center Sean Couturier created a turnover with a strong check on defenseman Jack Hillen, Giroux picked up the loose puck, deked Ovechkin and beat goaltender Braden Holtby with a backhander for his 22nd goal.
Voracek then scored his 17th goal just 13 seconds into a power play. Voracek fired a wrist shot through a screen inside the post.
Giroux made it 3-0 in the second period after left winger Scott Hartnell forced defenseman Mike Green to turn the puck over. It went right to Giroux in front for an easy goal, his fourth in the last two games.
Defenseman Luke Schenn blasted a slap shot that was tipped by left winger Michael Raffl and redirected by Hall past Captials goaltender Bradon Hotlby for a 4-0 lead later in the second. Holtby went to the bench and may not start for a while with Halak on his way.
A few minutes later, Ward scored a power-play goal that got the Capitals on the board. Ovechkin got his NHL-leading 44th goal also on the power play in the third period to get Washington within 4-2.
Brouwer then ripped a one-timer past goaltender Steve Mason to cut it to 4-3 near the midpoint of the third.
Sensing the game slipping away, Flyers coach Craig Berube called a time-out. His team responded. Voracek took a pass from Hartnell and snapped a shot by goaltender Philipp Grubauer to extend the lead to 5-3.
But Laich got Washington's third power-play goal on a tip-in with six minutes left to cut it to 5-4.
Downie put one into an empty net to seal the win in the final minute, snapping a 27-game goal drought.
NOTES: Flyers C Claude Giroux had his 10th career multi-goal game. … D Andrew MacDonald made his Flyers debut after being acquired from the New York Islanders on Tuesday. … Before the game, the Flyers traded D Andrej Meszaros to Boston for a 2014 third-round draft pick. … The Capitals recalled G Philipp Grubauer from Hershey of the American Hockey League to be the backup after trading Michal Neuvirth and D Rostislav Klesla to the Sabres for Halak. … Flyers C Vincent Lecavalier and Capitals D Jack Erskine and RW Tom Wilson received game misconduct penalties in the first period. … The teams met for the fifth and final time in the regular season.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun