PHILADELPHIA — Jason Chimera had two goals and an assist to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the slumping Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom and Just Williams all scored for Washington, which won its third in four games while avoiding losing consecutive games for the first time this season.
Alex Ovechkin remained one goal shy of becoming the top Russian-born goal scorer in NHL history. Tied with Sergei Fedorov at 483 career goals, Ovechkin appeared to take the lead when his slap shot beat Steve Mason with 38 seconds left in the second period.
However, the goal was disallowed after an officials’ review determined that Williams was offside on the play.
Scott Laughton and Claude Giroux had goals for Philadelphia, which has lost its last four games at home and eight of its last nine overall.
The Capitals turned a one-goal deficit into a 4-2 lead with three goals in an eight-minute span in the second period.
Chimera finished a deft pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov with just over 10 minutes remaining in the period to tie the score at 2-2 with a power-play goal.
Williams used his skate to corral a rebound and then deked Mason from close range to put Washington up, 3-2, at 10:39 of the second period.
Chimera finished the scoring barrage by netting his second goal of the game and fifth of the season with a deflection from the slot that ricocheted off the post and in.
The Flyers responded to Wednesday’s intense practice that followed Tuesday’s 4-0 home loss to the Colorado Avalanche by taking a 1-0 lead 3:24 into the game on Laughton’s third goal of the season. Oshie tied it at 10:35 of the first after Kuznetsov’s feed from behind the net.
Giroux regained the lead for the Flyers with a power-play goal just 1:07 into the second period on a shot from the left boards that found its way past Braden Holtby, who was screened by Wayne Simmonds on the play.
Mason, Philadelphia’s top goalie, returned to the lineup after backup Michal Neuvirth got the nod in the last four games. He made 27 saves.
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