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Capitals pick up win, some cuts along the way against Flyers

The Capitals earned their sixth straight victory after an offensive barrage in the third period helped push them past a sloppy second period for a 5-2 win over the Flyers on Thursday night.

In order to attain that win, though, Washington players picked up a few nicks, bumps and bruises along the way.

“That’s what happens when you win,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “The guys that win, they’ve got cuts and they’ve paid the price and that’s what they talk about. I’m a big believer in that.”

Brooks Laich was high-sticked twice on the left side of his nose, each causing him to bleed. The first time earned the Capitals four minutes in power-play time that were partially negated by an interference call on Alex Ovechkin. When Laich was cut again, it was only a two-minute minor.

“It’s the same area,” Boudreau said. The referees “didn’t know if it was just the same cut reopened. It’s a hard decisions for those two to make at that time.”

Meanwhile, Jeff Halpern suffered a cut above his left eye following a hit. He required stitches and missed the fourth line’s first shift at the start of the third period but returned and finished the game.

“Halpern got a pretty good pressure cut on his eye,” Boudreau said. “I don’t know how many stitches he took.”

All nothing more than a flesh wound, though, particularly when Washington will return with two points.



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