Mantha scores in debut, Capitals defeat Flyers


WASHINGTON — Anthony Mantha had a goal and an assist in his Washington Capitals debut, a 6-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Capital One Arena on Tuesday.

Mantha scored on a high wrist shot from the slot to give the Capitals a 5-1 lead at 9:22 of the second period. He was acquired in a trade from the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 728th NHL goal, on a power play, to make it 6-1 at 5:10 of the third period. He is three goals from tying Marcel Dionne for fifth in NHL history.

Connor Sheary had a goal and two assists, and Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and an assist for the Capitals (28-11-4), who have won three straight and lead the MassMutual East Division by two points over the New York Islanders. Ilya Samsonov made 29 saves.

Sean Couturier scored for the Flyers (19-17-6), who have lost four of five. Brian Elliott made 26 saves.

Sheary gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead when he skated below the left face-off circle and scored on a wrist shot from a sharp angle at 7:07 of the first period.

Couturier tied it 1-1 at 8:45 when he deflected James van Riemsdyk‘s shot.

Wilson put the Capitals ahead 2-1 when he scored a power-play goal from the bottom of the right circle on the rush at 11:32.

Backstrom took a cross-ice pass from Ovechkin during a power play and scored on wrist shot from below the right circle at 16:25 to make it 3-1.

Carl Hagelin increased the lead to 4-1 when he scored with a wrist shot from the right hash marks at 18:21.

The Capitals were 3-for-3 on the power play. The Flyers were 0-for-2.

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