Flyers v. Capitals – Mantha Shines in Debut

Philadelphia Flyers (19-16-6 44pts) v. Washington Capitals (27-11-4 58pts)

Game Recap:

After making a splash at the Trade Deadline, Anthony Mantha would make his Washington Capitals debut as they would play host to the Philadelphia Flyers. In the first period we would see both teams feel eachother out a little bit, but as the period progressed it would be Conor Sheary to break the ice with his 11th of the season to give the Caps the 1-0 lead. However, a little over a minute later Sean Couturier would tip in a James van Riemsdyk shot to tie the game at one, but back to back powerplay goals by Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom, and an even strength tally by Carl Hagelin would give the Caps the 4-1 lead.

In the second period it would be a more quiet period, but the Capitals would kill off the lone Flyers powerplay of the period, and then Anthony Mantha would net his first goal as a Capital to grow the Caps lead to four.

In the third period both teams would trade powerplay opportunities, and while the Flyers would get shut down once again by the Caps penalty kill, it would be Alex Ovechkin’s continued climb up the goal scoring ranks as he would net his 22nd of the season while on the powerplay to give the Capitals the 6-1 victory.

Lineups:

Philadelphia Flyers:

James van Riemsdyk — Sean Couturier — Joel Farabee
Scott Laughton — Kevin Hayes — Nolan Patrick
Travis Konecny — Claude Giroux — Jakub Voracek
Oskar Lindblom — Tanner Laczynski — Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Ivan Provorov — Justin Braun
Travis Sanheim — Robert Hagg
Shayne Gostisbehere — Samuel Morin

Brian Elliott
Carter Hart

Scratched: Philippe Myers
Injured: Morgan Frost (shoulder)

Washington Capitals:

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Tom Wilson
Anthony Mantha — Nicklas Backstrom — T.J. Oshie
Conor Sheary — Lars Eller — Daniel Sprong
Carl Hagelin — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Dmitry Orlov — John Carlson
Brenden Dillon — Justin Schultz
Zdeno Chara — Nick Jensen

Ilya Samsonov
Vitek Vanecek

Scratched: Trevor van Riemsdyk
Injured: Michael Raffl (undisclosed)

First Period:

WAS Goal – 7:07 – Conor Sheary (11) from Daniel Sprong (7) and Lars Eller (12)

PHI Goal – 8:45 – Sean Couturier (13) from James van Riemsdyk (21)

PHI Penalty – 9:57 – Shayne Gostisbehere 2 minutes for Elbowing

WAS PPG – 11:32 – Tom Wilson (11) from Conor Sheary (7) and Anthony Mantha (11)

PHI Penalty – 15:46 – Nicolas Aube-Kubel 2 minutes for Interference

WAS PPG – 16:25 – Nicklas Backstrom (14) from Alex Ovechkin (12) and John Carlson (26)

WAS Goal – 18:21 – Carl Hagelin (5) from John Carlson (27) and Dmitry Orlov (7)

End of FirstPHI – 1WAS – 4
Shots918
Faceoff Wins1114
Hits44
Powerplay0/02/2

Second Period:

WAS Penalty – 6:26 – Nic Dowd 2 minutes for Cross Checking

WAS Goal – 9:22 – Anthony Mantha (12) from TJ Oshie (20) and Nicklas Backstrom (30)

End of SecondPHI – 1WAS – 5
Shots1625
Faceoff Wins1922
Hits99
Powerplay0/12/2

Third Period:

PHI Penalty – 3:27 – Robert Hagg 2 minutes for Slashing

WAS PPG – 5:10 – Alex Ovechkin (22) from Tom Wilson (16) and Conor Sheary (8)

WAS Penalty – 6:25 – Garnet Hathaway 2 minutes for Tripping

End of ThirdPHI – 1WAS – 6
Shots3032
Faceoff Wins2937
Hits1214
Powerplay0/23/3

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