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Capitals score 2 goals in 3rd, top Flyers 3-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm •  Published: February 1, 2013

Washington tied it six minutes later. John Carlson poked the puck from Sean Couturier right to Backstrom, who was trailing the play. Backstrom broke in alone and lifted a backhanded shot over Bryzgalov's glove with 2:18 remaining in the second.

"I think our line played a little bit better," Backstrom said. "We passed the puck a little bit better and we created more chances, too."

The Capitals, who came in off a 3-2 loss on Thursday at Toronto, dominated early against Philadelphia — which hadn't played since losing at the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Midway through the first period, the Capitals held a 10-2 edge in shots, but Bryzgalov kept the game scoreless. He made several tough saves, his best on a backhand attempt off the stick of Alex Ovechkin, who was alone in front after a feed from Wolski.

"I thought it was the best game he's played this year," Capitals coach Adam Oates said of Ovechkin. "He was involved the whole game. He had a lot of opportunities."

Late in the first period, Washington's John Erskine caught Wayne Simmonds in the face with an elbow that sent Simmonds to the ice with a bloody nose.

"It looked dirty when I first saw it. A tough hit," Laviolette said.

No penalty was called, but Simmonds didn't return to the game.

"Obviously, he's got a head injury and probably a little bit of whiplash going on right now," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "He seemed OK after the game. We're just going to have to wait and see how he is (Saturday)."

Before the ensuing faceoff, Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo fought Matt Hendricks. Both players were ejected from the game.

The Capitals didn't make Erskine available to the media after the game.

NOTES: The Capitals were 0 for 5 on the power play. The Flyers were 0 for 3. ... Former Capitals forward Mike Knuble made his return to Washington. The 40-year-old Knuble, who spent the previous three seasons with Washington, signed with Philadelphia on Jan. 25.