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<p>It has been a whirlwind week for the Washington Capitals
organization and its fans -- one which will always be remembered with
the greatest of Capitals lure. But the Philadelphia Flyers, as they
have done countless times in our 34 year history, played the spoiler as
they came to town and skated away 6-4 winners.</p>
<p>On a day meant for Alex to shine, it was the other Alex
that began the Verizon Center excitement. A mere 1:22 into the contest,
Alexander Semin streaked onto the ice from the bench and fired a shot
past Martin Biron to get the Caps on the scoreboard first. But the
Flyers scored four unanswered goals using a combination of banks off of
Kolzig from behind the goal line, a bad angle goal, and a deflection
off a Cap defender to take command of the game.</p>
<p>Kolzig was subsequently pulled in favor of Brent
Johnson, back with the club for the first time since injuring his knee
some two weeks ago. The Capitals quickly responded on a Mike Green
wrister through traffic from the point. Green, whose goal came just 24
seconds after Johnny entered the game, regained sole possession of the
defenseman goal scoring lead with his 12th on the season. Shortly
thereafter, the newly minted "$124 million dollar man" scored his first
post-contract goal on a patented wrister from the high slot to cut the
Flyer lead to one.</p>
<p>In the third period, Mike Richards of Philly and Michael
Nylander of the hometown squad exchanged tallies before Kimmo Timonen
(an all-star defenseman who is believed by many to be less deserving
than the Caps' Green) got the empty netter to finish off the Ovechkin
and the Caps.</p>
<p>A few notes from the game:</p>
<li>Olie Kolzig stopped only 12 of the 16 shots he faced
before being replaced by Brent Johsnon who stopped 14 of 15.</li>
<li>Chris Clark returned to the lineup for the first time
in a month and a half. He played only 9:06 and appeared to have tweaked
his groin in more than one instance. Clarkie still managed an assist on
Semin's early goal.</li>
<li>Michael Nylander, playing through his own injury
problems, scored a goal and an assist in over 20 minutes. He did not
appear to be favoring his shoulder, definitely a positive sign.</li>
<li>The Caps lost to one of the NHL's hottest teams. The
Flyers are now 7-1-1 in their last nine games and have won 5
of their last 6 on the road. Their 15 wins away from the Wachovia
Center are tied for the most road wins in the NHL this year.</li>
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