- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 18, 2011

PHILADELPHIA — This Flyers‘ road trip was their shortest one yet.

Concerned the Flyers would lose a winning attitude built over nearly four weeks on the road, coach Peter Laviolette took the unusual step of booking them a room for the afternoon at a local hotel.

They checked in, some dozed off, they ate a pregame meal, then checked out for another familiar routine — a win.

Andrej Meszaros scored 1:07 into overtime to bail out the Flyers after they blew a third period lead and give Philadelphia a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

Washington Capitals' Matt Hendricks (26) collides with Philadelphia Flyers' Andrej Meszaros (41), sending Meszaros into the boards during the third period of the Flyers' 3-2 win in overtime on Tuesday. (Associated Press)
Washington Capitals’ Matt Hendricks (26) collides with Philadelphia Flyers’ Andrej Meszaros (41), ... more >

Meszaros ended OT with a wrist shot just outside the slot that beat Semyon Varlamov.

Laviolette sent his team to a hotel after morning skate to avoid what he called the “honey-do” lists that likely awaited them at home and served as a potential distraction against a conference rival.

“There’s something to the fact that when you get off road trips, you get home you get settled in, you play a flat game,” he said. “You’ve got to keep winning in the standings and don’t want to look back at a game like tonight and feel like you kicked up two points because you were flat.”

The Flyers were sensational for all but 40 seconds in the third when they blew a 2-0 lead.

Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux each scored for the Flyers.

The Flyers won only hours after they gave general manager Paul Holmgren a three-year contract extension. Holmgren has made one shrewd move after another the last five years to help put the Flyers atop the Eastern Conference.

The road-weary Flyers had played only one home game in 28 days and that was on Jan. 8. The Flyers even practiced at the outdoor rink at Central Park a day before they played the Rangers.

They returned home with 63 points and the top spot in the East. They can build on that lead at home — Tuesday marked the start of eight of 10 games in Philadelphia, including four of five that lead into the All-Star break.

Laviolette is a co-coach of one of the All-Star teams — and Giroux is joining him.

Mike Knuble and Alex Ovechkin scored in the third period to rally the Capitals.

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