By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers head back to Washington ten days after they beat them in overtime. Philly is looking for a third straight win against the Caps, and looking to earn a much-needed two points to continue to push for a playoff spot.
First period: The period opened with a Flyers two-on-one where a great pass from Simmonds is buried by Patrick on a beautiful backhand shot. A few minutes later Konecny scored on a rebound after Couturier crashed the net. Hagg took a late holding call, but the Flyers penalty kill looked strong and killed it off.
Second period: The Caps came out in the second with their foot on the gas. Just 2:14 into the period Stephenson scored his first goal in 27 games, and 47 seconds later, he scored his second of the game. Holtby stopped Giroux on two separate occasions, the only quality chances the Flyers had all period. The Capitals capitalized on a MacDonald slashing penalty, as Burakovsky scored on the powerplay.
Third period: The Flyers came out with a little more fire than they did in the second, but a cheap hooking penalty on Patrick lead to an Oshie goal on the powerplay. Smith-Pelly redirected a shot from Djoos just a few minutes later to give the Caps the three goal lead. Voracek redirected a Provorov blast from the point, but it was too little too late as the Flyers fall to the Caps 5-3.
Alex Lyon made his NHL debut and played eight minutes.
Takeaways: A great first period was blown just a few minutes into the second and the Caps never looked back. This was one of those games where the Flyers faced a better team and they clearly couldn’t hang.
Three stars of the game:
3) Lars Eller
2) Chandler Stephenson
1) Braden Holtby
PHI: Patrick (Simmonds)
PHI: Konecny (Couturier)
WSH: Stephenson (Carlson, Eller)
WSH: Stephenson (Bowey)
WSH: Burakovsky (Eller)
WSH: Oshie (Carlson, Kuznetsov)
WSH: Smith-Pelly (Djoos, Beagle)
PHI: Voracek (Provorov, Patrick)
photo credit: NHL.com