The night after Christmas, the soaring Philadelphia Flyers beat the struggling Washington Capitals and jumped into first place in the tough Patrick Division.
During that loss, the Capitals lost their top goaltender, Pete Peeters, with an injury. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
With backup goalie Clint Malarchuk in the nets, the Capitals have been unbeatable.
Malarchuk stopped 23 shots Tuesday night at Philadelphia as the Capitals stunned the Flyers, 3-1, and extended their winning streak behind Malarchuk to four in a row. They are unbeaten in his five games (4-0-1) since replacing Peeters.
When the Flyers moved into first place on Dec. 26, they were seven points ahead of the fifth-place Capitals. Now the teams are tied, one point behind the division-leading Islanders.