Game Recap – 3/6/2019 – Washington Capitals v. Philadelphia Flyers

Washington Capitals (38-21-7 83pts) v. Philadelphia Flyers (32-26-8 72pts)

 

Game Recap:

The Washington Capitals would continue their road trip with a short train trip to Philadelphia to take on the Flyers, and in the early stages of the game both teams would share chances in a track style back and forth, but it would be the Capitals striking first as Alex Ovechkin would feed the puck to Tom Wilson while on his knees for Wilson’s 19th goal of the season. Then later in the period while going down the wing Brett Connolly would rip a shot past Brian Elliott that would seem to have hit the crossbar, but during the TV timeout the play would be reviewed in Toronto and deemed a goal as Connolly got the puck past Elliott and hit the goal cam with the puck completely crossing the line thus giving the Capitals a 2-0 lead going into the second intermission.

 

To start the second period the Capitals would bring the domination as early in the period while on their first powerplay of the game it would be an Ovechkin snipe from the circles that would go five hole on Elliott. Then mere minutes later it would be Andre Burakovsky with a beautiful snipe to chase Elliott from the net and bring in Cam Talbot, but the Capitals would welcome him with that same domination as Nicklas Backstrom would net the first shot against Talbot to make this a 5-0 game. The Capitals would primarily control the play the rest of the period, but with 11.8 seconds left in the period Philippe Myers would score his first career goal to get the Flyers on the board.

 

To start the third period it would be the Flyers to get on the board ten seconds into the period as Claude Giroux would net his 20th of the season. The Flyers would pick up the play after scoring their second goal and as a result the Capitals would start chasing the game to which would then lead to an Andrew MacDonald point shot to get tipped by Scott Laughton to make this a 5-3 game, and have the Flyers trail the Capitals by only two goals.

 

Lineups:

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin — Lars Eller — Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky — Nic Dowd — Travis Boyd

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik — Nick Jensen

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Dmitrij Jaskin, Chandler Stephenson, Christian Djoos

 

Philadelphia Flyers:

Claude Giroux — Nolan Patrick — Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom — Sean Couturier — Michael Raffl

James van Riemsdyk — Scott Laughton — Ryan Hartman

Phil Varone — Corban Knight — Justin Bailey

Ivan Provorov — Travis Sanheim

Shayne Gostisbehere — Philippe Myers

Robert Hagg — Radko Gudas

Brian Elliott

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Samuel Morin, Andrew MacDonald

Injured: Michal Neuvirth (lower body), Carter Hart (ankle), Jakub Voracek (lower body)

 

First Period:

Capitals Goal – 5:55 – Tom Wilson (19) from Alex Ovechkin (31) and Dmitry Orlov (18)

Capitals Penalty – 7:43 – TJ Oshie 2 minutes for Hooking

Capitals Goal – 14:16 – Brett Connolly (17) from Carl Hagelin (7) and Matt Niskanen (15)

 

End of 1st – WAS – 2       PHI – 0

Shots              14                07

Faceoffs         02                10

Hits               04                  08

PP                 0/0                 0/1

 

Second Period:

Flyers Penalty – 1:49 – Sean Couturier 2 minutes for Tripping

Capitals PPG – 2:32 – Alex Ovechkin (46) from Nicklas Backstrom (47) and John Carlson (48)

Capitals Goal – 4:18 – Andre Burakovsky (10) from Travis Boyd (14) and Dmitry Orlov (19)

Capitals Goal – 5:37 – Nicklas Backstrom (16) from Jakub Vrana (22) and Nick Jensen (14)

Flyers Penalty – 10:30 – Robert Hagg 2 minutes for Slashing

Flyers Goal – 19:48 – Philippe Myers (1) from Claude Giroux (52) and Sean Couturier (35)

 

End of 2nd – WAS- 5        PHI- 1

Shots               25                 16

Faceoffs          07                 20

Hits                 09                  20

PP                   1/2                  0/1

 

Third Period:

Flyers Goal – :10 – Claude Giroux (20) from Oscar Lindblom (15) and Sean Couturier (36)

Flyers Penalty – 2:29 – Scott Laughton 2 minutes for Interference

Flyers Goal – 7:48 – Scott Laughton (10) from Andrew MacDonald (9) and Michael Raffl (11)

Capitals Penalty – 10:23 – Tom Wilson 2 minutes for Roughing

Flyers Penalty – 10:23 – Andrew MacDonald 2 minutes for Roughing

 

End of 3rd – WAS – 5         PHI – 3

Shots              35                   30

Faceoffs        14                    32

Hits               17                     25

PP                 1/3                    0/1

 

Next Up:

Washington (39-21-7 85pts) v. New Jersey (25-33-9 59pts)

Philadelphia (32-27-8 72pts) @ NY Islanders (38-21-7 83pts)

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