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    NHL roundup: Joel Ward lifts Capitals over Flyers

    Braden Holtby coasted to a shutout in the Washington Capitals’ 7-0 win.
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    Braden Holtby coasted to a shutout in the Washington Capitals’ 7-0 win.

    Joel Ward scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick and Braden Holtby coasted to a shutout in the Washington Capitals’ 7-0 fight-filled rout of the Flyers on Friday night in Philadelphia.

    Jason Chimera added a goal and three assists, and Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski each had 3 points as the Capitals won for the first time this season when captain Alex Ovechkin didn’t score a goal.

    Ovechkin didn’t make the trip to Philadelphia because of an upper-body injury.


    Ward’s third-period goal that made it 7-0 sparked a brawl. Just nine seconds later, Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds fought Washington’s Tom Wilson. Flyers goalie Ray Emery then took on Holtby in another bout.

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    In the melee, a total of 114 penalty minutes were handed out. Overall, Philadelphia racked up 99 penalty minutes, while Washington received 65.

    Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 2 — Chris Kunitz scored for the third straight game and host Pittsburgh had little trouble handling Columbus.

    Brandon Sutter, Kris Letang, and Jason Megna also scored for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby recorded an assist to push his point total to an NHL-leading 22.

    Red Wings 4, Flames 3 — Justin Abdelkader scored the winning goal with 3:24 left to help visiting Detroit edge Calgary.


    Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg each had a goal and an assist for the Red Wings (8-4-2), who were coming off a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. Tomas Tatar also scored, and Niklas Kronwall and Todd Bertuzzi both had two assists.

    Lightning 3, Hurricanes 0 — Victor Hedman scored in the second period and Steven Stamkos added an insurance goal to back Ben Bishop’s shutout as Tampa Bay won in Raleigh, N.C.

    Bishop (8-2) stopped 31 shots in his first shutout of the season and second of his career against Carolina. Alex Killorn added a goal and an assist and Martin St. Louis had two assists.

    Blues 4, Panthers 0 — Brian Elliott stopped 31 shots for his first win of the season, and Alexander Steen scored for the sixth straight game as St. Louis beat Florida in Sunrise, Fla.

    Alex Pietrangelo, Chris Stewart, and Derek Roy added goals, and Steen posted his NHL-leading 12th this season. David Backes had two assists for St. Louis, which won its third straight.


    Islanders 5, Senators 4 — Frans Neilsen scored the tying goal in the third period and then netted the only goal of the shootout as visiting New York beat Ottawa.

    Neilsen moved in on goalie Robin Lehner and put a backhand in on the Islanders’ second and last shot of the shootout.

    Wild 4, Canadiens 3 — Jason Pominville scored two goals, including the winner late in the third period, to lead host Minnesota over Montreal.

    Pominville scored the winner from just outside the left crease, beating goalie Carey Price and notching his team-leading ninth goal with 5:28 left.

    Avalanche 3, Stars 2 — Paul Stastny’s second goal of the game 3:36 into overtime gave Colorado and troubled goalie Semyon Varlamov the victory in Dallas.

    Dallas had scored twice in the third period against Varlamov, who two days earlier spent the night in jail because of an alleged assault against his girlfriend.