The Flyers cooled off another hot team by beating the Capitals 5-3 on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Travis Konecny scored into an empty net to seal the win and score a hat-trick.
Owen Tippett also did a great job for the Flyers. With a goal and an assist, he set a new career high of 23 points. He also painted three penalty kicks with a trip in Washington.
After Tippett’s goal softened the Flyers’ lead to 3-1 in the third period, Konecny scored shorthanded about two minutes later, scoring his second goal of the night.
The Capitals attacked, but the Flyers did enough to hold them back.
The Flyers (17-18-7) are 6-1-0 in their last seven games, scoring 4.14 goals per game.
Scott Lawton also found the back of the net and made two passes in a three-point night.
Washington has become one of the hottest clubs in the NHL, going 13-2-2 over the last 17 games. Key forwards Niklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson, who played the second game of the season, scored one point each.
This season, the Flyers went 1-1-1 against the Capitals (23-15-6). They will face Washington again this weekend.
• Over the course of three days, Tortorella’s club picked up a pair of breathtaking victories in their back pocket.
Two days ago, Flyers shut down The Sabers are 4-0, the team that won eight of the previous nine games (8-1-0) and led the NHL in goals per game with four goals.
On Wednesday, the Flyers did dictate terms to the Capitals.
• Konechny, who had never taken a penalty at an NHL level until this year, has scored three shorthanded goals this season.
• Carter Hart returned to the net after giving away six goals on Sunday night in favor of Maple leaves.
The 24-year-old has made 26 saves on 29 shots.
Hart was busy early, which likely helped him pay no attention to Sunday. He denied two dangerous shots from Alex Ovechkin in the first period, one of which was a breakaway.
With the Flyers leading 4-1 in the third period, Markus Johansson intercepted Ivan Provorov’s pass and shot past Hart.
About five and a half minutes later, TJ Oshie cut Washington’s deficit to one.
The Flyers then closed the door.
The Capitals’ top goalie, Darcy Kemper, has saved 31 of the Flyers’ 35 shots.
• Joel Farabi put on a powerful play behind the net to help the Flyers regain the lead with 33 seconds to go.
The 22-year-old winger patiently handled the puck before finding Konechny in the slot to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead at the first break.
21 seconds before, the Capitals had just robbed the Flyers of some momentum when Garnet Hathaway struck up a relationship by scoring a goal on Hart’s doorstep.
Konechny’s goal extended the 25-year-old’s hitting streak to 10 games, in which he scored 12 goals and provided eight assists. Having scored 24 goals, he is unlikely to be able to set a new height in his career.
Along with Konechny, Lawton is another established flyer that has been playing well since early December. His first-period power-play goal and two assists have given him 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) over his last 17 games.
He also has three shorthanded players this season.
• After Thursday’s off-day and Friday practice, the Flyers end their four-game regular season streak against the Capitals on the road Saturday (7:00 pm ET/NBCSP).
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