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
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.