The Caps came into the Wells Fargo Center tonight for their final meeting of the regular season with the Flyers, after dropping a heartbreaker to them in overtime on Sunday night, in hopes of gaining ground in the Metropolitan Division playoff race. However Washington failed to be victorious despite a comeback from a four goal deficit and successful power play unit. Philly defeated the Caps by a score of 6-4 and now the Caps have lost their last three games against the Flyers.
This game between these two teams was by no surprise very physical from the first puck drop. In the first period alone there were multiple fights, 58 minutes worth of total penalty minutes (WSH: 34, PHI: 24), and two ejections (John Erskine-WSH & Vincent Lecavalier-PHI). In the end both teams recorded 36 hits each making it a total of 72 hits all together, sadly no goalies were involved in the fights this time like the first meeting between these two teams when the Caps crushed Philly 7-0 in their own house.
Caps starting goalie Braden Holtby definitely let the news of goalie Jaroslav Halak being traded to Washington from Buffalo effect his game tonight as he let in four goals tonight before being pulled in the mid-2nd period. Flyers captain and forward Claude Giroux had another two goal and one assist night just like the one he had three nights ago, Giroux now has scored points in 9 of his last 11 games (9G, 9A). Also Flyers winger Jakub Voracek added two goals, one of them being on the power play.
Some Caps highlights from tonight include captain and winger Alex Ovechkin scoring his 18th power play goal of the season and also adding an assist. Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green recorded two assists each and Jack Hillen recorded an assist making it his first point of the season after being on injured reserve for most of this year. Other goals tonight were scored by Joel Ward (PP), Troy Brouwer, and Brooks Laich (PP).
The Caps will travel now to Boston to square off with the Bruins tomorrow night at 7:00pm/ET.
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College)