Suddenly, the Flyers are smack in the middle of an intriguing playoff hunt.
"It's up to us in here to build from this," defenseman Kent Huskins said after making his Flyers debut. "Emotional wins like this kind of build the team character and chemistry."
The stunning turnaround moved the Flyers to within two points of the eighth-place New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers have 13 games remaining.
"It's obviously a big win," said goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, whose team has gained five points in the playoff race in the last three games. "Seems like we're having fun on the ice - we're not holding the sticks so tight right now."
Voracek pounded Steve Oleksy early in the third period, but received two additional minor penalties - fighting with a visor, and instigating the bout - and Washington capitalized with a pair of power-play goals to take a seemingly insurmountable 4-2 lead.
With Voracek in the penalty box and about 15 minutes left in regulation, Marcus Johansson (converting a Giroux turnover) and Alex Ovechkin scored goals 26 seconds apart to snap a 2-2 tie.
"When they got those two goals, it wasn't a good feeling," Voracek said.
Voracek got into his first NHL fight because Oleksy had gone after Giroux.
"I'm really proud of Jake and what he did," said Timonen, who had the fifth four-point game of his career.
Giroux made amends for his miscue by slicing the deficit to 4-3 when he scored a power-play goal with 7:12 remaining. He then set up Timonen's goal that forced overtime.
After his turnover led to Washington's goal, Giroux was seething.
"He was pretty mad on the bench," Matt Read said after scoring a breakaway goal in the second straight game. "I was trying to talk to him, and he just ignored me and put his head down. You could tell his next shift was going to be his best shift of the game and go from there."
Giroux (three points) dominated the rest of the game.
"He's one of those guys who wants to make a difference," coach Peter Laviolette said. "I like the fact he goes on the ice and asserts himself the way he does when you need to turn the game into a different direction."
The Flyers climbed into 12th place in the East.
"We're not in the playoffs, so we can enjoy tonight, but then we have to move on and focus on Wednesday and Montreal," Timonen said.
The Eastern Conference Race
The top eight finishers make the playoffs.
1. Penguins* 56
2. Canadiens* 49
3. Jets* 38
4. Bruins 48
5. Senators 44
6. Maple Leafs 44
7. Devils 39
8. Rangers 35
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