The victory came with last-minute heroics from center Jason Allison, who scored with 1: 48 left 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 team-high fifth goal from the slot was followed by a goal from Dale Hunter, who scored into an open net with 18.2 seconds left.
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.
The Capitals are now 3-1 in their last four games and 4-6 overall, but face another rugged encounter tomorrow, when the Pittsburgh Penguins come to town. The Penguins (2-8) have not won since beating the Caps 12 days ago.
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.
With the arena rocking in a boisterous battle of opposing fans, the Capitals' power-play unit gave a wonderful demonstration of how a special team is supposed to play.
It was Joe Juneau who unloaded the slap shot from near the right circle for the second goal midway through the second period and it was Calle Johansson and Phil Housley who got credited with the assist. But Peter Bondra and Allison were key parts of an entire unit that showed the kind of patience and crisp passing that results in a payoff.
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 the Caps' Keith Jones lost a step to defenseman Chris Therien along the boards.
The Caps right wing used his stick to try to leverage him off the puck, but Therien kept driving to the net and when Carey committed himself low, Therien wristed the puck high and into the goal.
Note: Before the game, Housley was honored as he was about to play in his 1,000th career game. Housley family was present or the ceremony in which NHL vice president Brian Burke gave him a crystal trophy signifying the accomplishment.
Pub Date: 10/31/96