The entire National Hockey League had eyes on the Capital One Center in anticipation of Alex Ovechkin’s pursuit of his 700th goal.
They will have to wait as the Philadelphia Flyers (30-18-7) regrouped from a humiliating 5-0 shutout at the hands of New Jersey, and blew out the Washington Capitals (36-14-5), 7-2.
Flyers Captain, Claude Giroux snapped a 13 game goal drought and added a pair of assists to pace the victory.
His second assist marked his 800th career NHL point.
The visitors blew the game open in a simple manner of 1:45 with Nicolas Aubey- Uble (1g.1a), Travis Konecny (1g,1a) and James Van Riemsdyk (1g) all lighting the lamp.
Shawn Couturier nailed two goals and Aubey-Kubel added the Gordie Howe hat trick when he battled Brandon Leipzig.
Brian Elliott, who was blitzed in his last outing, turned aside 25 of 27 shots while Braden Holtby took the loss allowing 7 goals on 25 chances
Washington came in winners of 6 of their previous 10.
Morgan Frost returned to the Flyers lineup while Andy Andreoff was assigned to Lehigh Valley to clear room for Frost.