Flyers crush Caps with 8-1 victory


Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne and Jon Sim each scored twice, leading the host Philadelphia Flyers to an 8-1 victory over the Washington Capitals last night.

Mike Knuble and Peter Forsberg also scored and Robert Esche had 29 saves for the Flyers, who have won three of their past four games and five straight at home.

Chris Clark had the only goal for struggling Washington, which has lost six of eight. The Capitals haven't won in Philadelphia since 1998, going 0-14-1 in that span.

"It was playing against bigger, stronger players," Capitals coach Glen Hanlon said. "We're young men. They're big men. It wasn't a lack of effort. It wasn't a lack of execution."

The Flyers, already missing captain Keith Primeau because of a concussion, lost defenseman Eric Desjardins to a concussion. His status wasn't immediately known.

Carter, a former first-round pick who helped the American Hockey League's Philadelphia Phantoms win the Calder Cup last spring, gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead with a hard-fought goal in the first period.

Carter went hard to the net after his slap shot was stopped, out-muscled defenseman Mike Green and backhanded the rebound into the top corner over goalie Brent Johnson.

Penguins 5, Islanders 1 -- Sidney Crosby had his first two-goal game in the NHL and set up another score, and visiting Pittsburgh rode a rare early lead to a victory over New York. Crosby, the No. 1 pick in this year's draft, had a goal and an assist in the first period and then scored again in the third off a brilliant pass from Mario Lemieux for his second three-point game in 13 games. Crosby has at least one point in all but two games.

Hurricanes 4, Maple Leafs 3 -- Erik Cole scored with 1:34 left in regulation and host Carolina rallied with two goals in the third period to beat Toronto to win its sixth consecutive game. Eric Staal regained the NHL scoring lead with two goals and an assist, and Cole added an assist as Carolina improved to 6-0 at home and extended the best start in franchise history.

Oilers 4, Red Wings 3 -- Raffi Torres scored 1:51 into overtime, and visiting Edmonton beat Detroit to end the Red Wings' nine-game winning streak.

Rangers 4, Devils 2 -- Jaromir Jagr scored his NHL-leading 13th and 14th goals of the season and Michael Nylander also had two goals to lead visiting New York to a victory over New Jersey.

Senators 4, Lightning 2 -- Martin Havlat and Daniel Alfredsson scored goals for Ottawa, one night after each tied the team record with four goals, leading the host Senators to a victory over Tampa Bay.

Bruins 4, Panthers 1 -- Hannu Toivonen made 15 saves in the third period and finished with 29 saves to help host Boston beat Florida.

Flames 2, Blue Jackets 1 -- Marcus Nilson scored the winning goal and had an assist in host Calgary's victory over Columbus.

Coyotes 4, Kings 0 -- Curtis Joseph stopped Los Angeles with 21 saves for his second shutout this season, and host Phoenix used Paul Mara's goal and two assists en route to the win.

Avalanche 4, Mighty Ducks 3 -- Antti Laaksonen scored two goals and Joe Sakic moved into a tie for 14th place on the NHL's career points list with a goal, helping host Colorado beat Anaheim.

Off the ice -- Los Angeles Kings left wing Luc Robitaille was expected to miss at least three weeks with a broken right ankle and was placed on the injured list. ... Sabres rookie goaltender Ryan Miller is expected to be out six to eight weeks and will undergo surgery after breaking his right thumb during practice. ... Jacques Demers, who coached the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in 1993 and was later a general manager in the NHL, admits in a newly released biography that he is illiterate. "I could read a little bit but I can't write very well," Demers said at a party for the book's launch. "I took to protecting myself. You put a wall around yourself. And when I was given the possibility of talking, I could speak well and I think that really saved me." In the book Jacques Demers: En Toutes Lettres, which roughly translates to "All Spelled Out," Demers said his inability to read and write was the result of an abusive and impoverished childhood.

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