Seventy-seven shots, 11 goals, an NHL-record-tying performance by Matt Carle and, thanks to Mike Richards, the first Flyers hat trick in a home opener in the franchise's 42-year history.
Yep, just another typical night at the Wachovia Center, where the Flyers outlasted the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, 6-5, in an OT thriller that was played at a frenzied pace.
Carle tied an NHL record for a defesemen by collecting four assists in one period (the second), while Richards notched all three of his goals in that same 20-minute session _ and managed to overshadow Alex Ovechkin (two goals), Alexander Semin (two goals) and Nicklas Backstrom (three assists).
“We don’t want to get involved in a track meet with the Pittsburghs and the Washingtons of the world," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "I think we’re built just a little bit differently, but we do have an exciting offensive team and I think you saw that tonight. But we’re going to be a little bit different in hopefully shutting the game down a little bit more. Ovechkin, Semin – that’s one of the best offensive lines in the league. But having said that, you look at our top two lines and you throw a guy like [Claude] Giroux in there, James [van Riemsdyk] is a young kid but he’s got a lot of offensive ability, and the ability of our back end to move the puck, and we have pretty good depth in our offense throughout our lineup.”