Giroux, Voracek lead Flyers past Capitals

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The Flyers killed the penalty — and continued to dominate Washington. After three periods, the Flyers had outshot them 23-8.

“There was a lot of emotion the first two periods,” Giroux said. “There was a lot of good stuff.”

The ended the first period up 2-0. Sean Couturier freed the puck after a clean hit on Jack Hillen along the boards, and Giroux pounced for his first goal. Voracek scored less than 2 minutes later on a power-play goal, firing from the top of the circle.

Mike Green’s turnover early in the second led to Giroux’s unassisted goal and Hall’s fifth goal of the season came on a deflection for a 4-0 lead.

That was all for Holtby, who allowed four goals on 18 shots.

“We didn’t come out with enough to let them know that we’re here,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said.

The Capitals, just outside the playoff picture at the moment, nearly pulled off an amazing comeback.

Ward made it 4-1, Ovechkin scored his 44th goal after the Flyers failed to clear the puck, and Brouwer fired a perfect pass from Hillen past Mason to make it a one-goal game. The Capitals took 12 shots on goal in the first 11 minutes, forcing Flyers coach Craig Berube to call timeout.

Voracek gave the Flyers a needed cushion when he raced down the slot and pounded the puck past Grubauer for the 5-3 lead.

Laich deflected the puck past Mason with 6 minutes left in the game to make it 5-4. But they could never score the tying goal.

Downie capped the scoring with an empty-netter.

Both teams were busy leading up to Wednesday’s deadline. The Flyers landed MacDonald and sent defenseman Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins for a 2014 third-round draft choice.

Washington made two deals Tuesday, adding left wing Dustin Penner in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks, while shipping forward Martin Erat to Phoenix.

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