Shots come early as Caps lose to Flyers, 6-4

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."

Mike Knuble had his first two-goal game of the season, and Jim Dowd, R.J. Umberger and Kimmo Timonen also scored for Philadelphia.


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.