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Posted at 08:24 PM ET, 01/17/2010

Caps 5, Flyers 3

Brooks Laich's slump is over. Alex Ovechkin's penalty shot drought is history. And so might a local restaurant's profit margin if the Caps keep scoring at this clip.

With a 5-3 win over the Flyers this afternoon, the Caps regained first place in the Eastern Conference by recording five or more goals for the fifth time in their past six games. When they do that at home (and they've done so three times during that stretch) it means fans can redeem their ticket stub for 10 free wings at Glory Days.

Which leads me to the quote of the season. After converting his first career penalty shot (on his sixth attempt) Ovechkin told reporters: "I just wanted to give the fans free chicken wings."

Like most of the Caps, Ovechkin was in a good mood again after this afternoon's pummeling of a hated rival. And why not? They're on a roll. They've won three in a row, six of their past seven and are back on top of the conference.

Check out my gamer here, Gene Wang's sidebar on Laich here, and then come on back for a few notes that didn't make the paper:

*Ovechkin's penalty shot goal marked his 2,000th shot of his four-and-a-half year career. No other player accomplished that in his first six seasons.

*Mike Knuble now has six goals in six games. I would tell you how he scored it, but something tells me you already know.

*With a goal and an assist, Alexander Semin has 11 points in his last seven games. He also had the move of the night. Late in the first period, Semin sent a no look cross ice pass between his skates to a cutting Nicklas Backstrom. It did not result in a goal, but it certainly was pretty.

*After struggling early (like many of his teammates), Jose Theodore bounced back with a solid effort in the second and third periods to pick up his third straight win.

"He steadied the course and made us feel comfortable in the second period," Boudreau said. "We got the lead and I was very secure with him today, as I was the last game."

The save of the night, however, belonged to Tom Poti late in the second period on Jeff Carter. (There's more on that in my gamer).

*The Caps' 22 shots were a season low. They took only five in the third period as they protected their lead.

*The Caps also took six penalties and surrendered two power play goals. That marked the fourth straight game that they've taken more penalties than the opposition. (Me and my big mouth).

*Another impressive performance by rookie defenseman John Carlson, who looks much more NHL ready on this stint than he did in his first. Today, he blocked two shots and was a plus-2 for the night.

Practice tomorrow is at 11.

By  |  08:24 PM ET, 01/17/2010

Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Philadelphia Flyers

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