Capitals defeat Flyers in shootout

Washington Capitals' Mike Knuble, right, scores a goal past Philadelphia Flyers' Sergei Bobrovsky, of Russia, in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 22, 2011, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

March 22, 2011 7:57:19 PM PDT
Alexander Semin's shootout goal lifted the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night and pulled them within one point of first place in the Eastern Conference.

Playing without star forward Alex Ovechkin for the first time this season, the Capitals took an early three-goal lead and seemed on their way to tying Philadelphia for the top spot.

But the Flyers scored four straight and earned a point by going into overtime.

Philadelphia has two more games remaining (10-8).

Semin beat Brian Boucher with a nifty move and backhanded a shot into the top corner for the winner.

Ville Leino scored on the first shot, and Matt Hendricks answered for the Capitals.