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07/11/2016

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PHILADELPHIA -- A three-goal cushion was much easier for the Philadelphia Flyers to protect the second time around. Miguel Sano Twins Jersey . Jakub Voracek scored two goals and the Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Tuesday night for their seventh consecutive win at home. Two days after blowing a 4-1 third-period lead at Washington in a 5-4 shootout loss, the Flyers held this lead against the high-powered Capitals. "Up three, the guys talked about it and we couldnt let that happen again," said Matt Read, who had one of the five goals. "We took it as a 0-0 game, kept them on their heels. We had to do the simple things, the smart things." Mark Streit and Wayne Simmonds also had goals for the Flyers. Alex Ovechkin and Eric Fehr scored for Washington. "Its always hard to come back, especially in this building," Ovechkin said. "They got the lead with two goals and they just played safe. We had our chances but we didnt score." Steve Mason made 24 saves for Philadelphia, which evened its record at 15-15-4. The Flyers are 12-6-4 since an embarrassing 7-0 loss at home to the Capitals on Nov. 1. Theyll try to go over .500 for the first time this season Thursday night when they host Columbus. Down 2-1, the Flyers stormed back with three straight goals, including a pair on the same power play in the second period. First, Read scored his team-high 10th goal on a wrister to tie it at 2. Then Washingtons Tom Wilson received a 5-minute major and ejection for charging. Wilson sent Brayden Schenn crashing headfirst into the boards with a hit from behind. Schenn sustained an upper-body injury and didnt return, but the Flyers made the most of their 5-minute man advantage. Streit fired a one-timer from the left point past goalie Braden Holtby to make it 3-2. Voracek then slid one inside the near post 72 seconds later for a 4-2 lead. "Anytime you get a 5-minute power play, you have to make sure you get at least one," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. Capitals coach Adam Oates was not pleased with the call on Wilson. "Its a game-changing call which, which they call the way they think they see it," Oates said. "I cant do anything about it. Im also mad they dont get an instigator after that, because every single time we have one of our guys hit and a guy goes across its an automatic instigator to neutralize the play." Simmonds extended the lead to 5-2 in the third period. "We executed our game plan," he said. After a scoreless first period, Ovechkin got the scoring started 40 seconds into the second on a power play. Nicklas Backstroms pass from the far side of the net bounced off defenceman Nicklas Grossmanns skate, trickled away from Mason and went to Ovechkin, who backhanded it in for his NHL-best 28th goal. The Flyers answered 58 seconds later when Voracek took a pass from Braydon Coburn and skated in with Giroux on a 2-on-1 break. Voracek kept the puck and fired a wrister that beat Holtby to the stick side. "I surprised myself because I never shoot," Voracek said. "I always pass. Ive been that way since I was a kid." Fehr gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead in the second period when he scored on a one-timer off a perfect centring pass from behind the net by Troy Brouwer. NOTES: The Capitals recalled C Casey Wellman from the AHLs Hershey Bears. Wellman had 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 23 games. ... Voracek has five goals in the last five games. ... Washington had played to a shootout in its previous three games. ... Simmonds snapped a 10-game drought with the goal. Kurt Suzuki Twins Jersey . Defencemen Drew Doughty, Shea Weber and forward Ryan Getzlaf also scored for the Canadians, who started their gold-medal defence 2-0. Goalie Roberto Luongo, getting the call in place of Game 1 starter Carey Price, was solid when needed in making 23 saves for the shutout. Ervin Santana Twins Jersey . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. http://www.mlbtwinsonline.com/authentic-paul-molitor-twins-jersey/ . Three came down to the fourth quarter while quarterbacks continued to shine in all four games; so important to the overall quality of the game.TORONTO -- Championships arent made in a week. They are spread out through a season that involves poor finishes, mechanical problems and collisions. But if Scott Dixon wins the IndyCar drivers championship this year, he can point to an outstanding week that was capped with Sundays dominant performance at the Honda Indy Toronto. Dixon started from the pole and led for all but four of the 85 laps to win on the 1.75-mile street course at Exhibition Place, sweeping both races at the weekend doubleheader. The victory was also the 32nd of his career, good for seventh all-time, and made Dixon the winningest active driver in IndyCar. Dixon said he never would have expected to have that many wins when he made his debut in 2003. "I was probably trying to think of where to go that night instead of what my future was holding," he said. "No, I tried to just concentrate on it on a day-by-day basis, week-by-week. ... I would have wished some of those were a couple more 500s and a few more championships. But thats the way its gone. Well keep digging, trying to improve on that. Its cool to be on that list and moving up it." Dixon now has three straight wins after he won at Pocono last week and is second overall in the overall standings just 29 points behind Helio Castroneves. History suggests Dixon is well on his way to a third IndyCar championship -- last year Ryan Hunter-Reay won his third straight race at Toronto en route to the championship. The next race is at Mid-Ohio, where Dixon won last year. Dixon, who won a US$100,000 bonus cheque for sweeping the doubleheader, is expecting a tough battle to the end. "Helio has had a pretty stress-free year as far as not being involved in accidents or having mechanicals," said Dixon. "Ryan Hunter-Reay, every time I kept seeing him this weekend, he was in some kind of altercation. He lost a lot of points over the weekend." Castroneves, who has never won a championship or won in Toronto, finished second followed by Sebastien Bourdais. He said he never really had a chance to catch Dixon, who at times led the Brazilian by as many as 15 seconds. Castroneves has one win and six top-5 finishes so far this season. He said his route to a championship will continue to involve staying out of trouble and the occasional podium. "Our approach is the same. Thats what got us here. Hopefully with that same kind of consistency, mentality, when we have a car to go for it, we go for it," he said. "I think with that kind of thinking, its going to take us there, as well." Bourdais, meanwhile, earned his second podium in two days after finishing second Saturday. He won at Toronto in 2004 and hadnt been on the podium before the weekend since 2007. Bourdais started Sunday in seventh, and moved into third after the final restart on Lap 84 when Hunter-Reay bumped into Will Power on Turn 1 after the restart and Takuma Sato crashed into the back of Hunter-Reay, wrecking all three cars. Dixon went on to win under the full-course caution. Bourdais managed the result without the push-to-pass option, which wasnt working on his car. "It was good. But, man, we did a lot of things in order to get front grip," he said. "The steering wheel got pretty darn heavy. The last pit stop when you put the last set of tires, full tank, the track is rubbered up, the steering effort, you earn your paycheque around here. "Its tough when its the second race of the weekend. Pretty happy its over." Dixon sounded like he would have been happpy with a third race in Toronto. Glen Perkins Jersey. His Target Chip Ganassi car was so strong that there was a 22-second gap between Dixon and then third-place Power at the halfway point of the race. The emphatic performance was punctuated by a pitstop on Lap 57 in which Dixon returned to the track still well ahead in first place. Dixons lead over Castroneves was increased to an incredible 15 seconds 61 laps into the race. The thought of slowing down, even in the event of an eventual restart, never occurred to Dixon. "Yeah, funky things can happen if you try to slow down too much. You miss your points, youll end up in the fence. You try to maintain what the car is doing." That lead was finally nullified with 20 laps to go when James Jakes went into the wall and brought out the races first full-course caution. On the restart six laps later Dixon held the lead. When Ed Carpenter went into the wall for another caution on Lap 80, Dixon again stayed in front on the ensuing restart. James Hinchcliffe wasnt even on the starting grid when the race began. A stuck throttle peddle kept Hinchcliffes car from getting on the track, pushing him to the back of the field. By the time the fix had been made the Oakville, Ont., native was four laps behind the leaders and had to settle for a 21st-place finish, a major disappointment for the hometown favourite who had qualified 12th and finished Saturdays race in eighth place. Hinchcliffe dropped from fifth to eight in the overall standings following the doubleheader. Alex Tagliani of Lachenaie, Que., tied a season-high 10th, one spot down from his ninth-place start. One day after Josef Newgardens stalled car nixed the anticipated standing start for Saturdays race, IndyCar officials tried again Sunday. Carpenter, who had never done a standing start before, stalled in the back of the grid. But while the first standing start since 2008 was still a success, the first turn was costly for Dario Franchitti. The Scottish driver had qualified second but ran into the back of Powers car and needed to pit for a new nose. It was the second incident of the weekend between Franchitti and Power. On Saturday, Power tried a late pass on Franchitti but went into a wall. Franchitti was initially penalized for blocking, but the decision was later reversed and he finished the race third. The doubleheader also appeared to show a substantial improvement in attendance for the race, which has struggled to revive itself since taking a one-year hiatus in 2008. Attendance figures werent released, but the grandstands appeared nearly full Sunday. Dixon has no complaints about the points hes earned -- he had two fourth-place finishes at the first doubleheader in Detroit -- but he still doesnt know where he stands on the benefit of doubleheaders to IndyCar. "Doubleheaders are kind of hard to read because it spreads it over two days. I think some people only come for one day. I dont know statistically. But even on the back straight in the trees, there was a ton of people sitting on the grass," he said. "I hadnt seen that for a long time. I really think that the crowds this weekend, whether it was due to the weather being so nice, most of the stands were packed. There were people everywhere." Notes: Indy Lights driver Carlos Munoz replaced Ryan Briscoe for the race and finished 17th. Briscoe broke his wrist after colliding with Justin Wilson and Charlie Kimball in Saturdays race. ... Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson served as grand marshal for the race. Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '