Series (Game 1 of 4)

Philadelphia leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, November 3rd
Game 2: Saturday, December 31st
Game 3: Friday, January 6th
Game 4: Friday, February 10th

Capitals 1

(4-8-0, 8 pts)

Flyers 8

(7-3-1, 15 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 3, 2005

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1 2 3 T
WSH 1 0 01
PHI 3 4 18

J. Carter (Flyers - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

S. Gagne (Flyers - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Rathje (Flyers - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

Washington (4-7-0) at Philadelphia (6-3-1) 7:00 pm EST

Washington (4-7-0) at Philadelphia (6-3-1), 7:00 pm EST

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Washington Capitals hope rookie Alexander Ovechkin can work his magic to end their misery in the "City of Brotherly Love".

The Capitals look for their first victory in Philadelphia in 15 tries when they face the Flyers on Thursday.

Ovechkin, who ended his first month in the NHL as the league leader in goals among rookies with eight, has contributed on 54 percent of his team's goals. He scored twice in the first period of Friday's 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ranked 29th in the league in power play percentage (11.2), Washington is 0-13-1 at Philadelphia dating to January 23, 1988.

Although they have won five of seven, the Flyers are expected to play rookie centers Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and R.J. Umberger against Washington.

Umberger was called up to replace Keith Primeau, who is out indefinitely with a concussion, while Richards is among the top rookie scorers with nine points.

Defenseman Kim Johnsson is listed as day-to-day with a pulled left groin for the Flyers, who are coming off a 5-3 victory over Ottawa on Sunday.