Scott Laughton, right, is congratulated by Joel Farabee and James van Riemsdyk after one of his three goals Sunday in a 7-4 victory over the Capitals in Washington. Nick Wass/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Scott Laughton scored his first career hat trick, Sean Couturier got two goals in his first game back following a rib injury, and the Philadelphia Flyers pulled away for a 7-4 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

James van Riemsdyk added a goal and an assist, running his points streak to seven games while helping Philadelphia overcome an early 2-0 deficit.

Robert Hagg scored his first goal of the season in Philadelphia’s first win in regulation in five games. Joel Farabee had two assists, and Carter Hart made 33 saves.

Alex Ovechkin collected two goals and two assists for Washington, which lost its third straight despite outshooting Philadelphia 37-23.

RED WINGS 4, PANTHERS 1: Givani Smith had a goal and an assist, and visiting Detroit ended an eight-game losing streak.

Alex Wennberg scored for the Panthers (6-1-2), who were the only NHL team that hadn’t lost in regulation.


GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4, KINGS 3: Chandler Stephenson scored twice, including the winner early in the third period, and Vegas won at home.

The Golden Knights improved to 7-1-1 and moved into a first-place tie with St. Louis and Colorado in the West Division.

HURRICANES 6, BLUE JACKETS 5: Six Carolina players scored and James Reimer made 17 saves in a win at Columbus, Ohio.

BLACKHAWKS 2, STARS 1: Alex DeBrincat scored both Chicago goals, including the winner 2:56 into overtime, and the Blackhawks handed Dallas its first home loss.

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