Earlier this month in the nation's capital, Washington's Alex Ovechkin repeatedly shot the puck at Philadelphia goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, but his Russian compatriot stopped every one of them. The two-time league MVP was slumping at that time, but has regained his scoring touch.
Bryzgalov, meanwhile, has been stellar between the pipes all month.
Coming off his second two-goal game in a week, Ovechkin and the Capitals conclude a five-game road trip Thursday night against Bryzgalov and the Flyers.
Washington (37-30-6) is vying for one of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spots and still hopes to catch first-place Florida in the Southeast Division. Making a fifth straight postseason appearance could come down to Ovechkin's play over the final nine games.
Ovechkin scored twice in Monday's 5-3 win over slumping Detroit, his second two-goal game in four contests. He has five goals in the last four after tallying four in his previous 14 games.
"He's been scoring pretty regularly ...