Ovechkin scores twice, gets No. 730 for Capitals in win against Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA — Alex Ovechkin scored two goals to give him 730 in the NHL and the Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 6-3 at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

The forward is one goal from tying Marcel Dionne for fifth in NHL history.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and two assists and John Carlson had four assists for Washington (29-12-4). Ilya Samsonov made 22 saves.

Ivan Provorov, James van Riemsdyk and Wade Allison scored for Philadelphia (20-18-6). Alex Lyon made 35 saves in his first start of the season.

The Capitals lead the New York Islanders by four points for first in the MassMutual East Division. The Flyers are sixth, eight points behind the fourth-place Boston Bruins.

The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Ovechkin gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 3:38 of the first period with a one-timer from the left circle on the power play.

Provorov tied the game 1-1 at 19:59 of the first, one-timing a pass from Claude Giroux for his 50th NHL goal.

Dmitry Orlov gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead 33 seconds into the second period with a one-timer from above the left circle.

Van Riemsdyk tied it 2-2 at 5:28 of the second with his first goal in 18 games.

Ovechkin put Washington ahead 3-2 at 6:15 with a power-play goal.

Kuznetsov made it 4-2 at 15:02 off a backhand pass off to the wall into the slot from Tom Wilson.

Allison scored on the power play for his first NHL goal to make it 4-3 at 7:02 of the third period.

Conor Sheary redirected a Justin Schultz shot to put the Capitals ahead 5-3 at 9:15 of the third, and Anthony Mantha scored an empty-net goal to make it 6-3 at 18:48.

Mantha has a goal in three straight games since he was acquired in a trade with the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

Flyers goalie Carter Hart did not play because of a lower-body injury.

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