By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers finish off the second game in their back-to-back weekend in Washington. After a solid effort by the club against the Devils, its crucial to keep the momentum against another Metro division rival. Alex Ovechkin is on the hunt for his 499th assist.
First period: The period was mainly controlled by the Capitals. The Flyers one chance to get ahead was a Backstrom hooking call, but the Capitals owned that chance, playing keep away from the Flyers while they were on the PK. The Capitals have multiple solid chances including a Ovechkin-Kuznetsov two-on-one, and Ovechkin all alone late in the period, both chances were thwarted by Brain Elliott to keep the game scoreless.
Second period: The Flyers got an early powerplay after a hooking call from Wilson. Thought they didn’t capitalize on the powerplay, it was a much better effort. Raffl broke the ice six minutes into the period as he buried a pass from Filppula behind the net. It was a better overall period from the Flyers, until a goal from Ovechkin with just 15 seconds left in the period evened the score going into the locker room.
Third period: A flat third period from the Flyers as the Caps had them on their heels. Luckily the Caps failed to capitalize on a late powerplay and Brian Elliott stood on his head to force the game into overtime.
Overtime: The pair of Couturier and Konecny strike again, this time a snipe from Konecny seals the victory for Philadelphia 2-1.
Takeaways: I’ll take it. the Capitals were clearly the better team throughout, but a stellar performance from Brian Elliott kept the game within reach. Konecny continues to impress as he seems to be earning the trust of Dave Hakstol.
Three stars of the game
3) Jordan Weal
2) Ivan Provorov
1) Brian Elliott
PHI: Raffl (Filppula, MacDonald)
WSH: Ovechkin (Carlson, Oshie)
PHI: Konency (Couturier, Provorov)
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