The Philadelphia Flyers welcomed back a familiar face after acquiring Simon Gagne from the Los Angeles Kings. Gagne will likely be a spectator on Wednesday when the Flyers host captain Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Jakub Voracek, who was named the NHL's First Star of the Week, continued his stellar play with a goal and an assist but Philadelphia dropped a 4-2 decision to Toronto on Monday. Voracek has five goals and nine assists during his six-game point streak.
Washington has apparently overcome its rough start by recording its fifth win in seven contests with a 3-0 triumph over Southeast Division rival Carolina on Tuesday. Braden Holtby turned aside 33 shots to secure his second shutout in that seven-game stretch and fifth career. The Capitals won the first meeting between the teams with a 3-2 victory over the Flyers on Feb. 1.
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ABOUT THE CAPITALS (7-10-1): Defenseman John Erskine joined Holtby by paying immediate dividends on the two-year contract extension he signed on Monday. Erskine recorded his 13th career goal just 31 seconds into the middle session. "I'm sure they felt better," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "They both played good. (Erskine) got a big goal and Braden got a shutout." The Capitals have struggled away from the Verizon Center, posting a 2-5-1 mark.
ABOUT THE FLYERS (9-11-1): Gagne is far removed from the man who began his career with 10 solid seasons in the City of Brotherly Love. The two-time All-Star has just five points in 11 games with the Kings and served as a healthy scratch for the last four contests. The Flyers sent a fourth-round conditional pick in the 2013 draft to Los Angeles in the deal. Philadelphia made the move in response to injuries to Matt Read (ribs) and rookie Tye McGinn (orbital bone).
1. Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell netted his first goal of the season after missing 16 contests with a broken left foot - including the teams' first meeting.
2. Ovechkin, who had an assist on Monday, has five points in his last two games.
3. The Capitals have scored first in eight consecutive contests.
Flyers 4, Capitals 2