PHILADELPHIA – Alex Ovechkin scored twice to move within one goal of Marcel Dionne for fifth place on the NHL’s career goals list as the Washington Capitals downed the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 on Saturday.
Dmitry Orlov, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Conor Sheary and Anthony Mantha each added goals while John Carlson recorded four assists for Washington, which increased its lead in the East Division to four points over the New York Islanders.
Ivan Provorov, James van Riemsdyk and rookie Wade Allison, who recorded his first NHL goal, scored for the Flyers.
Ovechkin now has 730 regular-season goals in his 16-year career. Dionne finished with 731 during 18 seasons with the Red Wings, Kings and Rangers from 1971-89. Saturday’s goals increased Ovechkin’s career total against Philadelphia to 42, one of six teams that he’s scored 40 or more goals against.
“That’s the first thing (opposing defenses) are going to talk about, and it helps us to get him with good passes,” said Carlson, who assisted on both Ovechkin goals. “We know how deadly he is.”
“He was firing today,” Washington head coach Peter Laviolette said.
Ovechkin was not made available by the Capitals in their post-game interview Zoom sessions.
On the flip side to Washington’s success, Philadelphia’s season continues to slip away. Backup goaltender Alex Lyon was told at 11 a.m. by head coach Alain Vigneault that he would get the nod for scheduled starting goaltender Carter Hart, who missed the game for what was termed a lower body injury suffered in Thursday night’s 2-1 shootout win at Pittsburgh.