Don’t Call it a Comeback, Flyer Win 6-4

The Flyers welcomed the Capitals to Philadelphia on the back end of the home and home. In the last meeting, Saturday, the Capitals squandered a two goal lead in the third period to lose 5-4 in OT. The shift of momentum happened when Dmitry Orlov took a bad penalty against Braden Schenn, and Phily capitalized on the five minute major scoring a goal. The penalty wiped out one of Orlov arguably best games as an NHLer, it also landed him a two game suspension. Newly acquired Dustin Penner will be in the roster along with Ryan Stoa who will make his Capitals debut. Jaro Halak will not be in Phi in time, so Philipp Grubauer backed up Braden Holtby. Steve Mason was net for the Flyers, backed up by Ray Emery.

Claude Giroux opened up the scoring with an absolutely fifthly goal. Hillen was outmuscled on the boards just outside the Caps defensive zone. Claude was sent in on a semi breakaway. His toe dragged pulled Holtby out of his net and Claude slid it home on the backhand. 1-0 Flyers with 13:11 remaining in the first.

The Flyers then doubled their lead after Troy Brouwer was called for a soft slash. A bad clear by Alzner was held in by Jake Voracek at the point. The puck was sent around to Giroux, and a quick pass from Giroux back to Voracek leaves Voracek alone in space. His shot beat Holtby who was screened by Simmonds, 2-0 Flyers 8:22 into the first.

After a hit by Luke? Schenn (they are both the same to me) on Stoa, Wilson dropped the goal in retaliation. While Schenn and Stoa were tangled Wayne Simmonds bitch slapped Stoa. Erskine came in defense for his teammate and jawed with Simmonds. Then three Flyer players jump Erskine, Lecavalier was one of them (pictured below). Erskine and Lecavalier were ejected with 5 majors for fighting, Tom Wilson get a 5 minute fighting, 2 min intagater, game misconduct, Schenn got a five for fighting, Simmonds got 2 for slashing and two for cross checking. Simmonds was lucky not to get ejected, was third man in twice in the brawl. The Capitals got a two minute power play out of it, but no goal with it.

Photo from Ian Oland

Photo from Ian Oland

It only got worse from there. Claude Giroux took advantage of a terrible Mike Green turnover, one timing the puck past Holtby. Green, who was behind the net, coughed up the puck towards the front of the net. Giroux took two strides and put it in the net, 3-0 Flyers with 13:29 left in the 2nd.

The Flyers just about put the dagger in the Capitals season with a Michael Raffl Adam Hall redirection goal. Raffl was alone in front of the Capitals net with no one one to get him out of the way, his deflection on a shot from the point hit Hall and redirected through Holtby’s legs. 4-0 Flyers 11:52 into the second, Grubauer in for Holtby.

The Capitals scored on their 2nd power play of the game. Mike Green’s shot from the point was deflected by Marcus Johansson hit Andrew Macdonald was deflected by Joel Ward and snuck past Steve Mason. Although the game isn’t over, this goal seems to just be a consolation. 4-1 Flyers with 5:54 left in the second.

The Capitals got their second consolation goal on their 3rd power play of the game. You could sense the goal coming as the Caps had at least a minute of zone times. Alex Ovechkin one timed a pass from Backstrom from Oviland passed Mason who went splitsville. 4-2 Flyers with 13:25 remaining.

Then we had a game. Troy Brouwer found himself absolutely all alone right in front of the net while playing 4 on 4 hockey. Jack Hillen, who had jumped in on the rush, made a perfect pass across the ice to Brouwerr. His one time shot beat Mason short side, 4-3 Flyers with 10:35 left.

Jack Voracek proceeded to end the game when he scored his second goal of the night. A bad change by the Capitals, combined with Eric Fehr not tracking back well left Voracek in space. His world class finish beat Grubauer who had played well since coming in relief.  5-3 Flyers with 11:51 into the 3rd.

The game continued to trick me when the Capitals scored their 3rd power play goal. Brooks Laich, who was skating in front of Mason, deflected a Mike Green shot down under Mason’s blocker. The goal was reviewed, but it was confirmed that Laich stick was below the crossbar. 5-4 Flyers with 6:00 remaining.

Steve Downie put the official dagger in the net when the Capitals pulled Grubauer. A valiant effort but sadly no points. A second must win against the Flyers ends badly.

  • Penners first shift ended with a Brouwer scoring chance, hopefully they will work well together
  • The defensive zone is a joke, Caps look like chickens without heads and the Flyers couldn’t be happier
  • With tow of our most physical players out, we need to take the Flyers away from their game
  • Our blueline just keeps looking worse and worse in the first two periods, couldn’t do any wrong in most of the 3rd.
  • Joel Ward was credited with his 19th of the season, he has shined on our third line earning himself PP minutes
  • Capitals had almost no heart at the end of the 3rd, entered the 3rd with a little push, too little too late but nice to see I guess I KNOW NOTHING

photo from NHL.com

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