Eric Wellwood scored less than a minute after Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette called a timeout to give his players an earful, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 34 saves, leading the Flyers to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night.
Bryzgalov earned his third shutout of the season, and the 26th of his career, even though the Flyers were missing two defensemen who sat out with injuries: Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros.
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, a two-time league MVP, played fewer minutes than most of Washington's other forwards and was held without a goal for the seventh time in his last 10 games. Washington has lost two games in a row - both at home, both shutouts - following a three-game winning streak.
Buoyed by a raucous group of Flyers fans in the stands, Philadelphia moved within two points of the Pittsburgh Penguins for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Washington, meanwhile, remained stuck in ninth in the East, one spot out of the playoff picture.
It was an eventful, if scoreless, first period.
About 5 1/2 minutes into the game, Capitals forward Troy Brouwer decked Erik Gustafsson along the boards, then fought Scott Hartnell. Both Brouwer and Hartnell were sent to the penalty box. A few minutes later, there was a near-skirmish right in front of Bryzgalov, with a half-dozen players pushing and shoving and yammering before the officials separated them.
Without Timonen and Meszaros - both out indefinitely with what the Flyers said are lower-body injuries - Bryzgalov needed to play well, and he did.
Making a sixth straight start, Bryzgalov was tested frequently, including when he made saves on shots by Alexander Semin and Mathieu Perreault in quick succession during the first period. About 7 minutes into the second, Capitals forward Mike Knuble broke behind the Flyers defense for a 1-on-1 chance, but Bryzgalov kicked the puck aside.
Right after that, Laviolette called time and gave his players an animated talking-to, gesturing all the while.
Sure enough, less than a minute later, the Flyers reacted by taking the lead at the 7:51 mark on left wing Wellwood's second goal in six games this season. That ended a dubious streak: In each of the Flyers last nine games, they had allowed the first goal.
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