On the back end of two games in a row, the Flyers looked better from last nights performance, but it was not enough as they fall 5-3 to the Capitals. The start was slow, but after the first Caps goal the Flyers took control of the first period and they actually scored. In the second period, it was all Capitals as they score 3 goals to secure the victory. The Flyers tried to pull another late comeback, but it was too little too late. We had chances on the power play, but the Flyers could not get anything going. Mike McKenna looked decent and made some big saves, but there were some goals he would want back. Another long term losing streak in the past 3 seasons for the Flyers, how long will this one last?
Shots: PHI 11 WSH 4
Around 4:21 into the period, Travis Sanhiem is beaten to a loose puck. That turns into a 2-on-1 for the Capitals where Tom Wilson scores, it was the 1st shot for Washington. After this goal, the Flyers start to find their momentum. Halfway into the 1st, Lindblom intercepts a pass at center ice and takes it into the Washington zone. It becomes 2-on-1 for the Flyers, and Voracek buries a nice pass from Lindblom to tie the game at 1 a piece. Flyers are sustaining pressure and keeping the puck in the Capitals zone, not letting McKenna see much. Ovechkin finds a loose puck in the paint, but McKenna is able to take away the net and rob Ovi of a goal. The period ends with the score tied at 1.
Shots: PHI: 12 WSH 13
Washington was in control throughout this period. Caps get an early powerplay, but the Flyers are able to kill it off. Halfway into the 2nd, an Ellers shot from the point deflects off T.J. Oshie and through McKenna. A little over 2 minutes later, Vrana is able to steal the puck off Couturier for a breakaway and go top shelf past McKenna to make it 3-1. On the power play, it is Vrana again as he puts the puck in off McKenna’s right leg. Not many big chances for the Flyers this period as it was all Capitals. The period ends with a 4-1 lead for the Capitals.
Shots: PHI 17 WSH 8
An early hit from Gudas on Dowd sparks a fight between him and Smith-Pelly. The Flyers get a power play off this, but they cannot score. Flyers are starting to wake up once again and look to make another third period comeback. A little under 4 minutes left to go, a scramble in front of the net ends with Wayne Simmonds burying the puck to bring the Flyers back within 2. The Flyers pull McKenna for the extra attacker, and Tom Wilson puts it in the empty net. Scott Gordon challenges the play for offside, which Wilson did not have full control of the puck as he entered. The call was reversed, but Gostisbehere gets a penalty for hooking which should not have been called. If the penalty happened after the offside, it should not be called. While on the PK, the Flyers force the Caps to take a penalty after many missed empty net chances. With 6 seconds left, a one time from Giroux beats Copley to bring the Flyers within 1. This would be too late as right off the face off, Oshie buries his 2nd goal to seal off the game.
PHI 40 WSH 25
- WSH: Wilson (13); Assist Vrana (10)
- PHI: Voracek (11); Assist Lindblom (8)
- WSH: Oshie (12); Assist Eller (13), Carlson (34)
- WSH: Vrana (13)
- WSH: Vrana (14); Assist Boyd (8), Carlson (35)
- PHI: Simmonds (13); Assist Voracek (23), Couturier (15)
- PHI: Giroux (14); Assist Couturier (16), Voracek (24)
- WSH: Oshie (13)
- Mike McKenna: 20 saves on 24 shots
- Phoenix Copley: 37 saves on 40 shots
- Jakub Vrana
- T.J. Oshie
- John Carlson
- By: Amedeo Grassia (@bud0522)
- Sources: NHL.com
- Photo Credit: capperspicks.com