PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored twice, Braden Holtby had 31 saves and the Washington Capitals moved one game closer to a sweep in their first-round playoff series with a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers and their disgruntled fans Monday night.
The Capitals lead a series 3-0 for the first time in franchise history. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
Ovechkin snapped a tie game with his 38th postseason goal and Holtby made the lead stand with his third straight sensational effort in the series. The Capitals scored five power-play goals, including four in the third period.
The fans turned in the third period, throwing wristbands used as part of a pregame lights show onto the ice and earning a delay of game penalty. Flyers public address announcer Lou Nolan urged fans to “show some class,” and then added “way to go” when the fans earned the penalty.
WILD 5, STARS 3
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jason Pominville had two goals and an assist and Minnesota roared back from an early two-goal deficit to slice Dallas’ lead in the Western Conference quarterfinals to 2-1.
Chris Porter put the Wild on the board in the final minute of the first period, their first even-strength goal of the series. Erik Haula added a goal and an assist, Mikko Koivu scored on a power play in the third period and the Wild stopped a seven-game losing streak that started on March 31.
Patrick Sharp scored 26 seconds into the game and again less than 4 minutes later for the Stars, but the Wild controlled the action after that and finished with a 25-17 shots-on-goal advantage.
Game 4 is in Minnesota on Wednesday night, and Game 5 will be back in Dallas on Friday night.