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Capitals' Ovechkin clips wings of Flyers and boobirds

Alex Ovechkin had all the answers for the boos last night. The Washington superstar collected a goal and an assist as the Capitals defeated the Flyers, 2-1, before 19,728 at the Wachovia Center.

Flyers goalie Marty Biron has a close view as teammate Matt Carle drills Boyd Gordon into the boards.
Flyers goalie Marty Biron has a close view as teammate Matt Carle drills Boyd Gordon into the boards.Read moreJOHN COSTELLO / Staff Photographer

Alex Ovechkin had all the answers for the boos last night.

The Washington superstar collected a goal and an assist as the Capitals defeated the Flyers, 2-1, before 19,728 at the Wachovia Center.

Taking advantage of a matchup against the Flyers' fourth line, Ovechkin scored his league-high 48th goal to snap a 1-1 tie with 2 minutes, 41 seconds left in the second period.

"He's sitting in the slot, and before I know it, it's in the net," goalie Marty Biron said. "He scores 50-plus a year and he's not going to put it in my belly; he's going to put it up under the bar, and that's what he did."

Ovechkin seemed to be everywhere. He took 12 shots - eight that were on net - in one of the best performances of the season against the Flyers.

He even made a game-saving defensive play, catching Simon Gagne from behind and knocking the puck away as the left winger went in on a shorthanded breakaway with 11:42 remaining.

Mike Green joined Ovechkin in pursuit, and the defenseman appeared to hook Gagne, but no call was made.

"The way Ovechkin reacted after [the play], he went right to the penalty box," Gagne said. "So I imagine that he thought that it was definitely a penalty, but the referee saw it a different way."

The Flyers, who are two points ahead of fifth-place Montreal in the East, finished 2-1-1 against the Caps this season, surrendering just seven goals.

"Home or on the road, it's a big win," Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's a team we hadn't beaten in regulation all year. I thought for a regular-season game, it was a really important game for us."

Each team had a third-period goal negated by referee Dan O'Halloran.

With 13:53 left, a goal by the Caps' Tomas Fleischmann was erased because of what O'Halloran called "incidental" goalie interference. No penalty was called.

About 11/2 minutes later, Kimmo Timonen's goal was wiped out because of an interference penalty on Mike Knuble.

Washington goalie Jose Theodore made one of his best saves when he robbed Arron Asham from the slot with 4:39 to play.

In a game that had a playoff feel, Washington took a 1-0 lead on Brooks Laich's power-play goal with 4:03 left in the first period, in which he tipped in a left-circle drive by Ovechkin. (Ovechkin was treated as if he were Adam Eaton; every time he touched the puck, boos echoed around the sold-out arena.)

The Flyers, who finished 0 for 4 on the power play, began to control play in the second period. Thanks to a gorgeous setup by Mike Richards, they tied the score on Knuble's 24th goal with 8:28 left.

Late in the second period, Ovechkin jumped over the boards and scored from the slot against the fourth line of Darroll Powe, Riley Cote and Arron Asham. That negated a strong 20 minutes by the Flyers, who outshot Washington by 19-12 in the middle session.

Alexander Semin took the puck away from Powe behind the net and fed Ovechkin for his second goal in four games against the Flyers this season.

Powe was trying to send a pass to Matt Carle, and it was intercepted by Semin.

"It wasn't really the mismatch that created the goal, it was just a turnover by us," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "Semin made a great read there, and Ovechkin's the last guy you want all alone in front of your goalie."

The Flyers outshot the Caps by 36-30, but Washington had several better scoring chances and was buzzing around Biron for long stretches, especially in the final period.

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