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March 16. 2013 11:04PM
The Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — Troy Brouwer and Wojtek Wolksi scored third-period goals, and Braden Holtby made 29 saves in the Washington Capitals' 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night.


Niklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist for Washington (2-5-1), which had lost two straight.


Defenseman Bruno Gervais, and Brayden Schenn scored for the Flyers (2-6), who have lost three in a row.


Brouwer's third goal of the season at 3:57 of the third snapped a tie and put the Capitals ahead for good. He took a pass in the left circle from Mike Green and wristed a shot over goalie Ilya Bryzgalov's shoulder.


Less than three minutes later, Wolksi poked the puck away from defenseman Luke Schenn at the blue line, skated in alone, and beat Bryzgalov to make it 3-1.


The Flyers got back within a goal with 9:30 remaining when Brayden Schenn beat Holtby with a shot from the left circle.


The Capitals held on behind Holtby, who made his first start since Jan. 22. Bryzgalov finished with 23 saves.


The Flyers took a 1-0 lead when Gervais knocked a loose puck past Holtby at 11:43 of the second period for his first goal with the Flyers.


Washington tied it six minutes later. John Carlson poked the puck from Sean Couturier right to Backstrom, who was trailing the play. Backstrom broke in alone and lifted a backhanded shot over Bryzgalov's glove with 2:18 remaining in the second.


The Capitals, who came in off a 3-2 loss on Thursday at Toronto, dominated early against Philadelphia — which hadn't played since losing at the New York Rangers on Tuesday.


Midway through the first period, the Capitals held a 10-2 edge in shots, but Bryzgalov kept the game scoreless.


He made several tough saves, his best on a backhand attempt off the stick of Alex Ovechkin, who was alone in front after a feed from Wolski.


Late in the first period, Washington's John Erskine caught Wayne Simmonds in the face with an elbow that sent Simmonds to the ice with a bloody nose. No penalty was called, but Simmonds didn't return to the game.


Before the ensuing faceoff, Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo fought Matt Hendricks. Both players were ejected from the game.


NOTES: The Capitals were 0 for 5 on the power play. The Flyers were 0 for 3. Former Capitals forward Mike Knuble made his return to Washington. The 40-year-old Knuble, who spent the previous three seasons with Washington, and signed with Philadelphia on Jan. 25.


Hurricanes 1, Senators 0

RALEIGH, N.C. — Dan Ellis made 33 saves for his first shutout in more than two years and Eric Staal scored to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Friday night.


Ellis, making only his second start of the season in place of Cam Ward, earned his 13th career shutout and first since Nov. 9, 2010, against Toronto while he was with Tampa Bay.


Carolina improved to 9-0-1 in its last 10 home games against the Senators.



Red Wings 5, Blues 3

DETROIT — Henrik Zetterberg scored three goals, and his second assist of the game set up Pavel Datsyuk's tiebreaking goal at 9:38 of third period to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the St. Louis.


Zetterberg scored the first two goals and set up Jonathan Ericsson's tying goal early in the third period. Detroit's captain missed practice on Thursday because he wasn't feeling well, but he was at the top of his game Friday.


St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak left the game shortly after Zetterberg's second goal midway through the first period and was replaced by Brian Elliott. It wasn't clear whether Halak was hurt or was pulled by coach Ken Hitchcock. Detroit's Jimmy Howard made 23 saves for his 114th victory, tying Dominik Hasek for seventh place on the team's career list.



Lightning 8, Jets 3

TAMPA, Fla. — Cory Conacher had two goals and an assist to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Winnipeg Jets.


Tampa Bay also got goals from Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier, Nate Thompson, Teddy Purcell, Ryan Malone and Benoit Pouliot. Stamkos and Lecavalier both added two assists.


The Lightning, 6-1-0 this season, have scored five or more goals in four consecutive games.


Tobias Enstrom, Paul Postma and Andrew Ladd scored third-period goals for Winnipeg, which has lost three in a row. The Jets were coming off a 6-3 loss at Florida on Thursday night in which the Panthers scored five third-period goals.


Stamkos has five goals and 14 points during a season-opening seven-game point streak.



League to continue running Coyotes


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Greg Jamison was unable to pull together the funds and investors he needed to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes before a deadline with the city of Glendale expired.


His bid to buy the team from the NHL may not be over, though.


More complicated, yes, but not necessarily finished.


We remain hopeful the Coyotes sale process will be resolved successfully and we will continue to work with the City of Glendale to move the process forward, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement on Friday.


Jamison was unable to complete his purchase of the Coyotes before midnight Thursday, the deadline set in a 20-year, $308 million lease agreement he reached with Glendale for Jobing.com Arena last year.


In a statement released Thursday night, Jamison said he will continue to work toward buying the team, but that the lease agreement with the city would have to be renegotiated.


Despite the disappointment for the Coyotes and their fans, nothing much changes — the team has been run by the NHL for over three years and will continue to be.





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