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Joel Ward scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, and Braden Holtby coasted to a shutout in the Washington Capitals’ 7-0 fight-filled rout of the Flyers on Friday night in Philadelphia.
Jason Chimera added a goal and three assists, and Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski each had three points as the Capitals (6-7) won for the first time this season when captain Alex Ovechkin didn’t score a goal. Ovechkin didn’t make the trip to Philadelphia because of an upper-body injury.
Washington had been 0-4 when Ovechkin, who entered Friday second in the league with 10 goals, didn’t score.