WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals didn't bring their third-period troubles back home from the road.
After blowing leads in a pair of third periods during a recent trip, the Capitals finished strong Friday night in a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Troy Brouwer and Wojtek Wolski scored third-period goals, and Braden Holtby made 29 saves in Washington's win.
Niklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist for the Capitals (2-5-1), which had lost two straight.
The Capitals and Flyers were tied 1-1 after two periods.
"I think the last couple of games in the third period we seemed to break down and get away from what we want to be doing in the neutral zone," Wolski said. "I think tonight we really stuck together and reminded each other to stay wide. We got a lot of turnovers and pucks going the other way."
Defenseman Bruno Gervais, and Brayden Schenn scored for the Flyers (2-6), who have lost three in a row.
"We just weren't good enough, especially in the third period when it was 1-1," Schenn said. "You have to learn how to win those hockey games, and to give up two, it's obviously not what we were looking for."
Brouwer's third goal of the season at 3:57 of the third period put the Capitals ahead for good. He took a pass in the left circle from Mike Green, waited a few seconds, and wristed a shot over goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's shoulder.
"I was looking to pass for the longest time," Brouwer said. "Then I saw that I had a little bit of room on the short side, so I figured I might as well take it."
Less than three minutes later, Wolski poked the puck away from defenseman Luke Schenn at the blue line, skated in alone, and beat Bryzgalov to make it 3-1.
"It's turnovers," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said about what went wrong in the third period. "But we need to compete better, as well."
The Flyers got back within a goal with 9:30 remaining when Brayden Schenn beat Holtby with a shot from the left circle.
The Capitals held on behind Holtby, who made his first start since Jan. 22. Bryzgalov finished with 23 saves.
The Flyers took a 1-0 lead when Gervais knocked a loose puck past Holtby at 11:43 of the second period for his first goal with Philadelphia.