The thrills and spills started early, with a goal and two penalties in the first 3 1/2 minutes.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals put on a performance featuring plenty of hard hits and 10 goals, including one from the NHL's first $100 million man. Philadelphia remained the hotter of the streaking teams with a 6-4 road victory yesterday.
"It was a good hockey game," said Flyers center Mike Richards, who put in a rebound that slowed the Capitals' comeback bid in the third period. "Everyone played hard. There were some hits, scoring. Everything that you'd want in a hockey game, there was today."
Alex Ovechkin notched his 33rd goal of the season in his first game since signing a 13-year, $124 million contract, and Alexander Semin and Mike Green also scored for Washington, which had won four of five.
"There was a lot of try there, but we made too many mistakes," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Off the ice
Senators -- Ottawa left wing Dany Heatley will be sidelined up to six weeks because of a separated right shoulder. He missed last night's game against the Islanders, ending a streak of 205 straight games played. Heatley was injured during a collision in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Detroit. The 26-year-old has 56 points (25 goals, 31 assists) this season.