PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Andrej Meszaros scored in overtime to give the red-hot Philadelphia Flyers a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday and sole possession of top spot in the NHL.

The Flyers squandered a 2-0 lead by allowing third-period goals to Mike Knuble and Alex Ovechkin, but Meszaros delivered an unassisted tally at 1:07 into overtime to give Philadelphia their third straight win and seventh in eight games.

Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux netted goals in the first and second periods respectively and the Flyers (30-11-5) moved one point in front of the Vancouver Canucks, who are playing the Colorado Avalanche in a late game on Tuesday.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Frank Pingue)