Capitals go 3-0 up over Flyers, Kings pull one back against Sharks


The Washington Capitals extended their series lead against the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL Stanley Cup play-offs courtesy of a 6-1 rout on Monday.

A dominant four-goal third period saw the Capitals go 3-0 up over the Flyers in their Eastern Conference first-round series, leaving them a win away from sealing progression.

It was the Flyers who took the lead inside the first minute with Michael Raffl opening the scoring at the Wells Fargo Center. 

The Presidents' Trophy winners managed to tie the game just four minutes later through Marcus Johansson, before Alex Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead in the second period. 

However, it was in the final period when the Capitals did the damage, with goals from Evgeny Kuznetsov, John Carlson, Jay Beagle and a second to Ovechkin sealing the big win. 

An overtime goal from Tanner Pearson saw the Los Angeles Kings pull a win back in their first-round play-off series against San Jose with a 2-1 victory over the Sharks. 

Joe Thornton scored just 30 seconds into the first period but Anze Kopitar tied the game seven minutes later. 

With the second and third periods going scoreless, OT was needed for the Kings to bring the series back to 2-1. 

The Minnesota Wild overturned an early two-goal deficit to seal a 5-3 win over the Dallas Stars at the Xcel Energy Center. 

It was a vital win for the Wild as they got on the board in the series and now trail 2-1 in the Western Conference first round. 

Patrick Sharp scored 26 seconds into the first period before doubling the Stars' advantage less than four minutes later. 

However, goals from Chris Porter, Erik Haula, Mikko Koivu and a Jason Pominville double sealed the win for the Wild, with Colton Sceviour scoring a consolation for the Stars.