PHILADELPHIA – Bryan Muir scored the go-ahead goal at 7:40 of the third period to help left the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Muir scored on a one-timer from between the circles for the Capitals, who bounced back after having their four-game winning streak snapped by Anaheim on Friday.

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists, and Brooks Laich, Chris Clark, and Matt Pettinger also scored for Washington. Pettinger scored a power-play goal with 51 seconds left.

Simon Gagne had a pair of goals and an assist, and Mike Knuble had one of each for the Flyers, who have lost three straight.

Washington goaltender Brent Johnson made 33 saves. Philadelphia’s Antero Niittymaki stopped 27 shots.

Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead at 6:28 of the first period with a brilliant move. He picked up the puck on the back line, spun around and snapped a wrist shot into the far side of the net.

Laich made it 2-0 at 6:28 of the period, scoring on a short-handed breakaway.

Gagne scored consecutive goals in the second period to get the Flyers even. He converted a rebound on a power play at 2:54, then scored on a slap shot from the right circle at 7:47.

Washington regained the lead 13 seconds later when Clark flipped in a rebound of a shot from the point by Shaone Morrisonn. The Flyers tied it at 3 when Knuble scored on a scramble in front of the net at 10:57 of the second period.

Philadelphia lost Geoff Sanderson and Mike Richards with abdominal strains early in the second period.

Notes: Flyers captain Peter Forsberg was scratched (right foot, ankle) and is expected to miss at least four more games. … Other Flyer scratches were RW Sami Kapanen (lower body) and D Joni Pitkanen (abdominal strain). … Washington RW Matt Bradley was scratched after injuring a hand during a fight against Anaheim. … The Capitals have won two straight games against the Flyers after going 0-15-1 in their previous. … Philadelphia had not lost two home games to Washington since the 1993-94 season.

AP-ES-12-09-06 2205EST

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