National Hockey League Game Capsules

Updated: December 15, 2013

Washington, DC ( – Nicklas Backstrom picked up the shootout
winner, capping a rally from a three-goal, third-period deficit which sent
Washington past Philadelphia, 5-4, to kick off the first edition of a home-
and-home series from Verizon Center. Each team had registered a score when
Backstrom beat Steve Mason with a forceful forehander to begin the third
and final round. Sean Couturier was denied by Philipp Grubauer and the hosts
gained the valuable extra point. Mike Green, Dmitry Orlov and Alex Ovechkin
tallied in a span of 7:52 late in regulation to wipe out a 4-1 margin for
the Capitals, who have won four of five. Grubauer stopped 24 shots for
Sunday’s victors. Michael Raffl posted a career-best three assists for the
Flyers, who host the Caps on Tuesday having dropped five of their last
seven. Couturier, Claude Giroux, Mark Streit and Jakub Voracek also lit the
lamp while Mason made 29 saves.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Detroit 0

Detroit, MI ( – Ben Bishop made 28 saves to record his third
shutout of the season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning halted a seven-game road
losing streak by topping the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0. Tyler Johnson, J.T.
Brown and Alex Killorn all scored in the third period for Tampa Bay, which
won away from home for the first time since Nov. 12 at Montreal. Petr
Mrazek, making his second start of the season, stopped 24 shots in
Detroit’s fifth consecutive loss.