Whelp, it’s another disappointing loss by the Philadelphia Flyers as they lose to the Washington Capitals 5-3.
The Flyers won the opening draw.
1:31 into the game, Travis Sanheim would head off for hooking. Flyers killed the Capitals’ power play.
Ivan Provorov would dish the puck out of the boards, but passed it right to Alexander Ovechkin, who would shoot a one-timer that went off the post and into the net to get the scoring started.
An interference call would be put on Brendan Dillon, so he went to the box. It would be a short stay as Travis Konekny would score on a rebound from Shayne Gostisbehere. TK, the birthday boy, knotted the game up at one1
Just two-minutes later, Daniel Sprong would shoot a pass to Conor Sheary, who would finish and score on the breakaway.
After the goal, the Caps would land a big hit, and following the hit Andy Andreoff and Garnet Hathaway dropped the gloves and, well, started to fight! Andreoff overall won the fight, by hitting more punches. But it was a god fight, and it’s a good boost for the Flyers.
Flyers: 11 shots-on-goal, 8 hits, 13 faceoffs won, 7 penalty minutes.
Capitals: 10 shots-on-goal, 12 hits, 9 faceoffs won, 7 penalty minutes.
After 20 minutes, the Caps lead 2-1.
The Flyers won the opening faceoff to get the second period started.
Konecny would head to the box for tripping. Caps to the PP early in the second. Flyers killed it.
Jakub Vrána would start oving towards the goal, he passed it across the goal to
Jakub Vrána would start moving towards the goal, he passed it across the goal to John Carlson, who shot it past Brian Elliot and into the net for his 500th career point.
Fast forward to the ending of the period where Nic Dowd was skating towards the goal. He put a flick-of-a-shot up, and the puck would deflect off a Flyers’ skate and into the net. It just pretty much describes how the game has been going so far.
The glass was broken with 1:29 left in the period. They made it up after a short intermission.
At the end of the period, Zdeno Chara was arguing something with referee, when TK tapped Chara’s ankle. Chara responded with a big slap. Both would get minor penalties. Not only is it a minor, but TK got two as well. There was no call on the ice, Chara took a vicious two-hander to TK’s ankles as he was skating away and somehow it was coincidental minors? Terrible.
Flyers: 7 shots-on-goal, 10 hits, 11 faceoffs won, 2 penalty minutes.
Capitals: 5 shots-on-goal, 6 hits, 12 faceoffs won, 0 penalty minutes.
After 40 minutes, the Caps lead 4-1.
With two seconds left on the four-on-four, Ivan Provorov would go top-shelf into the net to get the Flyers back within two.
Both penalties were killed.
Sean Couturier started skating down the ice, he shot a pass to Scott Laughton, who shot it past
Ilya Samsonov to put the Flyers within one!
Evgeny Kuznetsov would go to the box for cross-checking, Claude Giroux would also go to the box for slashing. There would be two-minutes of four-on-four. Towards the end of the four-on-four, too many men on the ice would be called on Washington. Ovechkin served. Flyers went to the the power play. But, the Caps killed it. All penalties were killed.
Flyers put Elliott to the bench for the extra skater with 1:45 left. But unfortunately, A 200-foot empty netter by Dowd sealed the deal for the Caps.
Flyers: 32 shots-on-goal, 24 hits, 33 faceoffs won, 13 penalty minutes.
Capitals: 22 shots-on-goal, 25 hits, 27 faceoffs won, 13 penalty minutes.