Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL: Flyers Beat NHL-Leading Capitals

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL: Flyers Beat NHL-Leading Capitals

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Jakub Voracek scored 38 seconds into overtime and the visiting Philadelphia Flyers beat the NHL-leading Washington Capitals 4-3 on Wednesday night in the teams' final game before the All-Star break.

Voracek's second goal of the night snapped the Flyers' three- game losing streak and the Capitals' two-game winning streak. Brayden Schenn and Ryan White also scored for Philadelphia.

Despite 28 saves from Braden Holtby, the Caps lost at home for the first time since Nov. 19 against the Dallas Stars. Andre Burakovsky had two goals and Nicklas Backstrom scored his 16th of the season.

Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced to beat his former team for the first time.

Holtby had his stick knocked out of his hand before Voracek's game-winner. Officials reviewed the play, but the goal stood.

Capitals forward Marcus Johansson sustained an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return.

After the game, it was announced that Capitals left winger Alex Ovechkin will miss the All-Star Game because of a lingering lower- body injury. Coach Barry Trotz called pulling Ovechkin a "long- term" organizational decision with the Stanley Cup in mind.


Linesman knocked down * Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman sent linesman Don Henderson to the ice when he checked him from behind during a game against the Nashville Predators.

In the second period Wednesday night, Wideman was skating toward the Flames' bench when he cross-checked Henderson, who had his back to the defenseman. Moments earlier, Wideman had taken a hit from the Predators' Miikka Salomaki.

It wasn't immediately clear if Wideman mistook Henderson for a Predators player or intentionally hit the linesman.

There was no penalty called on Wideman on the play.

Wideman is in his 11th NHL season, and fourth with the Flames. The 32-year-old defenseman entered the game with 94 career goals, 275 assists and 471 penalty minutes. He has two goals, 19 points and 30 penalty minutes this season. …

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