Capitals v. Flyers: Dowd’s Pair Edge Flyers

Washington Capitals (15-6-4 34pts) v. Philadelphia Flyers (13-7-3 29pts)

Game Recap:

In Philadelphia for their third meeting of the season the Flyers would play host to the Washington Capitals. In the first period the Capitals would get the first powerplay of the game, and despite some good scoring opportunities, the Caps would not strike, but they would respond after the powerplay as Brian Elliott would make an unwise play and result in the puck getting coughed up to Alex Ovechkin who would rip it past Elliott for the 1-0 lead. However, the Flyers would respond as Travis Konecny would score on the Flyers lone powerplay of the period to tie the game at one, but Conor Sheary would get a leaky one through Elliott to regain the one goal lead heading into the first intermission for the Caps.

Come the second period the Caps would get another powerplay opportunity, but it would not be substantial for them. The Capitals would strike though after the powerplay had expired as John Carlson would bomb the puck past Elliott to notch his 500th career point, and grow the Caps lead to two. Then near the end of the period Nic Dowd would drive down the wing and while losing the puck, it would hit off of Shayne Gostisbehere and go in the net to give the Caps the 4-1 lead.

In the third period we’d have a very weird start as the final 90 seconds of the second period would be played due to a delay caused by a broken pane of glass, and after that time was played and the goalies switched to the appropriate third period ends of the ice, Ivan Provorov would strike early to cut the Caps lead to two. Later in the period Scott Laughton would rip one past Ilya Samsonov’s glove to bring the Flyers back within one, but Dowd’s second of the game courtesy of the empty net would secure the 5-3 victory for the Capitals.

Lineups:

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Daniel Sprong
Conor Sheary — Nic Dowd — Richard Panik
Carl Hagelin — Garnet Hathaway
Brenden Dillon — John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov — Justin Schultz
Zdeno Chara — Nick Jensen
Jonas Siegenthaler

Ilya Samsonov
Vitek Vanecek

Scratched: Trevor van Riemsdyk, Lars Eller
Injured: None
Suspended: Tom Wilson

Philadelphia Flyers:

James van Riemsdyk — Sean Couturier — Joel Farabee
Scott Laughton — Kevin Hayes — Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom — Claude Giroux — Jakub Voracek
Andy Andreoff — Nolan Patrick — Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Ivan Provorov — Shayne Gostisbehere
Travis Sanheim — Justin Braun
Robert Hagg — Erik Gustafsson
Brian Elliott
Carter Hart
Scratched: Philippe Myers
Injured: Morgan Frost (shoulder), Michael Raffl (hand)

First Period:

PHI Penalty – 1:31 – Travis Sanheim 2 minutes for Hooking

WAS Goal – 8:37 – Alex Ovechkin (9) from unassisted

WAS Penalty – 10:31 – Brenden Dillon 2 minutes for Interference

PHI PPG – 11:16 – Travis Konecny (7) from Kevin Hayes (10) and Shayne Gostisbehere (3)

WAS Goal – 13:10 – Conor Sheary (6) from Daniel Sprong (2)

PHI Penalty – 17:15 – Andy Andreoff 5 minute major for Fighting

WAS Penalty – 17:15 – Garnet Hathaway 5 minute major for Fighting

End of FirstWAS – 2PHI – 1
Shots1011
Faceoff Wins913
Hits128
Powerplay0/11/1

Second Period:

PHI Penalty – 1:50 – Travis Konecny 2 minutes for Tripping

WAS Goal – 6:58 – John Carlson (6) from Jakub Vrana (9) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (7)

WAS Goal – 17:33 – Nic Dowd (4) from Zdeno Chara (6) and Garnet Hathaway (4)

WAS Penalty – 20:00 – Zdeno Chara 2 minutes for High Sticking

PHI Penalty – 20:00 – Travis Konecny 2 minutes for Slashing

End of SecondWAS – 4PHI – 1
Shots1519
Faceoff Wins2024
Hits1718
Powerplay0/21/1

Third Period:

PHI Goal – 1:43 – Ivan Provorov (3) from Sean Couturier (11) and Erik Gustafsson (9)

PHI Goal – 10:45 – Scott Laughton (7) from Kevin Hayes (11) and Travis Konecny (7)

PHI Penalty – 10:58 – Claude Giroux 2 minutes for Slashing

WAS Penalty – 10:58 – Evgeny Kuznetsov 2 minutes for Cross Checking

WAS Penalty – 12:43 – Bench (Ovechkin) 2 minites for Too Many Men

WAS ENG – 19:32 – Nic Dowd (5) from Ilya Samsonov (1)

End of ThirdWAS – 5PHI – 3
Shots2232
Faceoff Wins2733
Hits2524
Powerplay0/21/2

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