Peter Bondra scored his 14th hat trick, including the tying and winning goals 58 seconds apart late in the third period Tuesday night, to give the Capitals a 5-4 victory over the winless Philadelphia Flyers.
Bondra's slap shot from a tight angle in the left circle went between goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck's legs to tie the score with 3:55 remaining. Then Bondra, after Andrei Nikolishin drew the defensemen away on a 2-on-2 break, beat Vanbiesbrouck on the stick side, again from the left circle, for the winner with 2:57 to play.
Steve Konowalchuk and Richard Zednik also scored for the Capitals, who rallied in the third period for the second straight game. They overcame a two-goal deficit to tie Los Angeles on Saturday.
Mark Recchi assisted on all four goals for the Flyers, who wasted a big offensive effort after scoring only once in their first three games.
Eric Lindros gave Philadelphia a 4-3 lead in the second period with his first goal of the season and the team's third power-play score. From the right circle, the Flyers captain put the puck just inside the near post as a 4-on-3 advantage was expiring at 14:20.
Simon Gagne scored twice in the first five minutes, and Valeri Zelepukin had a second-period, power-play goal.
The Flyers were missing center Rod Brind'Amour, who is expected to miss eight weeks after having surgery on his broken left foot Tuesday. Brind'Amour will wear a cast for four weeks.
The Capitals, who were swept in four games by the Flyers last season, played without right wing Yogi Svejkovsky, who had a strained groin and is listed as day-to-day.
STARS: Joe Nieuwendyk, the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs, signed a three-year contract extension through the 2002-03 season.
Terms were not disclosed.
Nieuwendyk, who would have been a free agent after this season, had rejected an offer over the summer. The night of the season opener, general manager Bob Gainey said negotiations with Nieuwendyk would wait until next summer.
"We are very pleased to have Joe under contract," Gainey said. "We look forward to his contributions."
Nieuwendyk, 33, led the Stars with 39 goals and 69 points in 1997-98, then sustained a severe knee injury early in the playoffs. His absence was felt when the Stars were eliminated in the Western Conference final.
He returned last season to score 28 goals and 27 assists, and had 11 goals and 10 assists in the playoffs. His record-tying six game-winning goals in the postseason helped lead Dallas to its first Stanley Cup title.
The team also activated center Mike Modano and defenseman Darryl Sydor from the injured reserve list. To make room on the roster, defenseman Shawn Chambers and center Brian Skrudland were put on injured reserve.
Modano, 29, had a concussion, a broken nose and strained neck ligaments on Oct. 2 against Anaheim.
Modano was injured when he was checked hard from behind and slammed into the boards by Mighty Ducks defenseman Ruslan Salei, who has been suspended for 10 games.
Sydor, 27, had a fractured left eye socket in the same game.
Chambers, 33, had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and was to undergo rehabilitation and be reevaluated in mid-January.
Skrudland, 36, is out about four weeks with a bruised chest.
OILERS: Kevin Prendergast was promoted to vice president of hockey operations. Prendergast, who has been the director of player personnel and hockey operations since 1991, will oversee the Oilers' professional scouting in addition to his previous duties with amateur scouting. He replaces Doug Risebrough, who was named general manager of the expansion Minnesota Wild on Sept. 2.