PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Joel Ward scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, and Braden Holtby coasted to a shutout in the Washington Capitals' 7-0 fight-filled rout of the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night.
Jason Chimera added a goal and three assists, and Nicklas Backstrom and Mikhail Grabovski each had three points as the Capitals (6-7) won for the first time this season when captain Alex Ovechkin didn't score a goal. Ovechkin didn't make the trip to Philadelphia because of an upper-body injury.
Washington had been 0-4 when Ovechkin, who entered Friday second in the league with 10 goals, didn't score.
Ward's third-period goal that made it 7-0 sparked a brawl. Just 9 seconds later, Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds fought Washington's Tom Wilson. Flyers goalie Ray Emery then took on Holtby in another bout.
In the melee, a total of 114 penalty minutes were handed out. Overall, Philadelphia racked up 99 penalty minutes, and Washington received 65.