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NHL GAME OF THE DAY

Flyers defeat Capitals, 6-5, in overtime

Mike Richards scores his second career hat trick, and Philadelphia improves to 3-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 season.

October 07, 2009

PHILADELPHIA — Danny Briere pounced on a loose puck and knocked in the rebound at 3:52 of overtime to keep the Philadelphia Flyers perfect and lift them to a 6-5 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

Mike Richards bested Alex Ovechkin with his second career hat trick to help the Flyers improve to 3-0 for the first time since the 1998-99 season. Ovechkin scored twice and has five goals already in three games this season for Washington (2-0-1).

Ovechkin and Richards scored all their goals in a can-you-top-this second period. The teams scored seven times in the second, and Capitals goaltender Semyon Varlamov was removed for Jose Theodore.

Alexander Semin scored twice for the Capitals. Matt Carle had four assists for the Flyers.

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