Philadelphia Flyers Coach Mike Keenan said yesterday that his team wasn't looking past the New York Rangers to today's game with Patrick Division rival Washington.
But Mark Howe conceded that the Capitals were on the Flyers' minds.
"We wanted to make sure we had a three-point lead going into the Washington game," Howe said after scoring the game-winning goal in the third period of a 4-2 victory over the Rangers at Philadelphia's Spectrum.
The victory was the sixth in a row for the Flyers, who play at Capital Centre today.
New York took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal when Pierre Larouche's pass hit Philadelphia defenseman Brad Marsh's skate and deflected past Chico Resch at 7:13 of the opening period.
The Flyers tied it when Dave Brown beat goalie John Vanbiesbrouck at 9:08.
Philadelphia went up, 2-1, in the second period as Murray Craven sent Brad McCrimmon's slap shot past Vanbiesbrouck at 17:35.
The Rangers tied it at 2-2 when Larry Melnyk beat Resch at 3:33 of the third period.
Philadelphia took a 3-2 lead when Howe scored on a wrist shot during a scramble at 4:27 of the third period. Ron Sutter scored the Flyers' final goal for a 4-2 lead on a 35-foot slap shot at 14:01.