Capitals put away Flyers with late rush Two goals in last 1: 48 produce 4-2 triumph

THE BALTIMORE SUN

LANDOVER -- A boisterous crowd at USAir Arena got plenty of hockey excitement last night as the Washington Capitals ground out a 4-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The victory came with last-minute heroics from right wing Jason Allison, who scored with 1: 48left to give the Caps a 3-2 lead. The game-winner completed a play started by Steve Konowalchuk and kept alive by Todd Krygier.

Allison's goal from the slot was followed by a goal from Dale Hunter, who scored into an open net with 18.2 seconds left.

"This is a big win for the team and a big goal for me," said Allison, who now leads the team in goalswith five. "I wasn't having a good game and I just kept digging and I got the goal. It takes a little of the pressure off. You don't want to go to practice on Thursday if you didn't contribute tonight."

"Allison certainly gives our team a boost," said Capitals coach Jim Schoenfeld. "He's a year older, bigger, more mature and he is looking more and more like the kind of player who is going to stay around and contribute a lot of years in this league."

It was a frustrating finish for Flyers goalie Garth Snow, who made 24 saves, but a well-deserved victory for the Caps' Jim Carey, who was forced to scramble around his crease in the closing minutes to preserve what then looked to be a tie. Carey stopped 23 of Philadelphia's 25 shots.

"Tonight, we just seemed to have that extra step and created our own good bounces," said Carey.

The Capitals are now 3-1 in their last four games and 4-6 overall.

The Capitals appeared firmly in control here until with 16: 37 to play Philadelphia took advantage of a power play. Eric Desjardins took a strong shot from the point, that went wide, but the puck rebounded off the dasher board to the front of the net, where John LeClair slapped it into the net for a 2-2 tie.

The Flyers, who have lost three in a row and were playing without Eric Lindros, Dale Hawerchuk and Petr Svoboda, were forced into the same kind of patient, hard-checking game the Caps like to play. There were 58 minutes in penalties and numerous fights.

Joe Juneau unloaded a slap shot from near the right circle for the Caps' second goal midway through the second period, and Calle Johansson and Phil Housley got credited with the assist.. Housley's assist moved him into fifth place on the NHL's all-time defenseman scoring list.

Washington's first goal belonged to Todd Krygier. The left wing took a big slap shot from the top of the right circle and celebrated when it bounced off Snow and the far post and into the net.

It was the only goal of the first period, coming with 9: 45 to play on the Capitals' second power play.

The Flyers' first goal came with 5: 17 to play in the second period when Chris Therien drove to the net on Keith Jones and wristed the puck over Carey after he committed low.

Note: Before the game, Housley was honored as he was about to play in his 1,000th career game.

Pub Date: 10/31/96

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