Final SO

Series (Game 2 of 2)

Philadelphia leads 2-0

Game 1: Saturday, September 24th
Game 2: Saturday, October 1st

Flyers 7

(6-1-0, 12 pts)

Capitals 6

(2-3-2, 6 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 1, 2005

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 SO T
PHI 0 1 5 17
WSH 3 2 1 06

Top Skaters

Philadelphia 7, Washington 6 (SO)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stefan Ruzicka scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Philadelphia Flyers a wild, come-from-behind 7-6 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

Washington was seemingly in command with a 5-1 lead after two periods. But Jonathan Sim sparked Philadelphia's five-goal third period with three scores, including one with 16.2 seconds left that forced overtime.

Flyers goalie Antero Nittymaki and Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig each made saves in the first three rounds of the shootout, forcing the tiebreaker to an extra round.

Ruzicka beat Kolzig on a shot that trickled between the Washington goalie's legs. Nittymaki then stopped Washington's Andrew Cassels to clinch the win.

The Flyers came on quickly in the third period when Joni Pitkanen and Peter Forsberg cut the deficit to 5-3 before Sim scored two quick goals to tie it with 13:10 left. Sim has eight goals in the preseason.

Jeff Halpern gave Washington a 6-5 lead by tipping in Jamie Heward's slap shot with 3:48 left in regulation for his third goal, but Sim sent the game into overtime.

Alex Ovechkin continued his recent hot streak for the Capitals with a goal and two assists. All of his points against the Flyers came on power-play goals, and Ovechkin has four goals and three assists in his last two games.

Washington and Philadelphia took advantage of a penalty-filled game. The officials called a total of 32 penalties. The Capitals were 5-for-11 on the power play, and Philadelphia was 4-for-8.

Halpern scored three goals, and Ovechkin and Heward added a goal each to give Washington a 4-0 lead early in the second period.

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