Recchi and LeClair each had a goal and three assists in leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-1 victory Sunday night.
“What, are you surprised that we played a good game?” LeClair asked. “I think we’re all feeling pretty comfortable. It’s a good mix and it definitely worked well for us tonight.”
“It’s huge, we really only have two defense that have a lot of NHL experience,” Washington’s Mike Grier said about Gonchar. “He’s the leading point-getter for defensemen in the league and to lose him is a huge blow.”
Recchi opened the scoring at 5:30 of the first period, beating goalie Rastislav Stana with a wrist shot after LeClair’s strong play to keep the puck in offensive zone.
LeClair made it 2-0 less than three minutes later, tipping a shot behind Stana, who started in place of Olaf Kolzig for the first time since being recalled from Portland on Jan. 6.
“He couldn’t score two goals for us, so he wasn’t the difference,” Washington coach Glen Hanlon said about Stana. “We only had 13 shots on net, and I think we could have done a better job in that area.”
Robert Esche made 12 saves for the Flyers, allowing only Grier’s breakaway goal in the first period.
Philadelphia’s Tony Amonte injured a knee in the first period and did not return. Amonte was hurt when Washington’s Brendan Witt cross-checked Radovan Somik in the back, sending Somik into Amonte’s right knee. Amonte was down on the ice in front of Washington’s goal for several minutes before being helpedoff.
Anson Carter played his first game in his second stint with Washington. Carter, acquired Friday in the trade that sent Jaromir Jagr to the New York Rangers, played 19 games for the Capitals during the 1996-97 season before being traded to Boston. … Philadelphia is 4-5-1-2 in the second game of back-to-back games this season. … Washington’s Stephen Peat was back in thelineup after missing a game because of a chest injury.