Capitals 8, Flyers 2

New coach, same result for the Philadelphia Flyers.

With Peter Laviolette making his Flyers debut behind the bench,

Tomas Fleischmann and Mike Green scored two goals apiece, and

Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and four assists, leading the

streaking Washington Capitals to a 8-2 win over Philadelphia on

Saturday night.

It was the seventh loss in eight games for the Flyers, who fired

coach John Stevens on Friday and hired Laviolette to replace

him.

The Southeast Division-leading Capitals didn’t miss two-time NHL

MVP Alex Ovechkin, who served the final game of a two-game

suspension. Washington won its fifth straight.

Philadelphia’s poor play continued, as the Capitals took a 1-0

lead just 57 seconds in when Fleischmann knocked in a rebound off

Brendan Morrison’s slap shot.

Mika Pyorala tied it at 12:06, knocking a rebound past goalie

Jose Theodore and ending Philadelphia’s goal-less streak at 172

minutes, 10 seconds. The Flyers’ previous goal was scored on Nov.

27 in the first period against Buffalo. They were shut out in

consecutive losses to Atlanta and Vancouver before Stevens was

fired.

Washington stormed ahead with three goals during a 9-minute

power play that began at 14:33 of the first period and carried into

the second. Dan Carcillo and Matt Bradley got into a shoving match

at center ice, and Philadelphia’s Carcillo landed a big punch as

Bradley was dropping his gloves.

Bradley fell to the ice and left the game. Carcillo received 19

minutes of penalties and a game misconduct, resulting in the power

play. The Flyers’ 18 penalty minutes per game lead the league.

Fleischmann scored his second goal of the game with 3:20 left in

the period, on a wrist shot from just outside the circle, that beat

Ray Emery to the glove side.

Just 20 seconds later, Green scored on a wrist shot from the top

of the circle that sailed over Emery’s shoulder.

Emery was pulled in the second period after allowing a goal to

Chris Clark, and Brian Boucher came on and surrendered three more

goals.

NOTES: The eight goals were the most scored by the Capitals this

season and allowed by the Flyers.