WASHINGTON (AP) — After scoring two goals for the first time in his NHL career, Dmitry Orlov was set to pace a big win for the Washington Capitals.
But that changed when he committed a five-minute major penalty and helped pave the way for a comeback by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Vincent Lecavalier scored at 2:45 of overtime and the Flyers rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 5-4 victory on Sunday.
Trailing 4-2 entering the third period, the Flyers started their comeback when Jakub Voracek scored a power-play goal at 11:58. The Flyers were given a five-minute advantage when Orlov received a major penalty for boarding Brayden Schenn at 9:33.
After Philadelphia sent goalie Steve Mason off for an extra skater, Claude Giroux sent the game to overtime, scoring his second goal of the game with 65 seconds left in the third.
Adam Hall also scored for the Flyers, Kimmo Timonen had three assists and Mason made 25 saves.
The defining play came when Orlov retaliated for a similar hit moments earlier by Schenn.
"I understand you want payback, but you've got to be disciplined," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "You expect the other team to have a push. But let's not give them the push."
Washington is familiar with the situation. It was the 14th time this season the Capitals blew a two-goal lead.
"(The Flyers) are going to try to intimidate you and we just needed to play our game," Washington forward Eric Fehr said. "That's not the style we play. We don't try to intimidate teams. We try to out-skill teams, out-work teams and try to score goals that way. We have to stick to our game plan and not get baited into theirs."
Washington had a chance to pass Philadelphia in the Metropolitan Division and get into playoff position for the first time since Jan. 18, when it was mired in a seven-game losing streak. But the Flyers left D.C. with an uplifting victory.
"Coming through in one of the biggest moments of the year right now is great to see," Mason said. "For us to be able to force overtime and get the one point at least and then come through and get the second one against a divisional opponent who is right behind us in the standings, it's huge."
After getting outshot 17-6 in the opening period, Philadelphia put 30 shots on goal to 12 for the Capitals.
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