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Capitals outlast Hart, Flyers in shootout, 2-1

Sam Carchidi, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers' Carter Hart and Washington's Braden Holtby have known each other for six years, having been introduced by their sports psychologist, John Stevenson.

The rivals have become friends, and on Wednesday, they went head to head in an old-fashioned goaltenders' duel.

Advantage, Holtby.

Barely.

Evgeny Kuzentsov scored what proved to be the winner in the shootout as the Capitals outlasted the Flyers, 2-1, at the Wells Fargo Center.

Washington, which had a 2-1 edge in shootout goals, ran its point streak to 13 games (11-0-2).

 

The Flyers, who got a goal from Claude Giroux in the three-round shootout, overcame a slow start and increased their point streak to seven games (5-0-2).

Hart was the No. 1 reason they salvaged a point.

Sean Couturier hit the post with 1:46 to go in overtime and later was twice denied by Holtby in front.

With just under a minute left, Alex Ovechkin shot wide on a breakaway.

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