The Philadelphia Flyers were looking to start their home stretch on a high note out of the All-Star Break, but it wasn’t meant to be. They came out hot against the Washington Capitals, and a few of their key pieces played well in Nolan Patrick and Travis Konecny, but defensive lapses, special teams, and goaltending were the difference makers.
Let’s get to it.
Nolan Patrick was ready to get going on the second line.
Travis Konecny hanging out with all the pucks he’s put into the back of the net recently.
Claude Giroux had fun in Tampa Bay, but he’s ready for the second half.
The Flyers got things started early on.
What a pass and finish. Filthy.
How’s the second line treating you Nolan?
Ivan Provorov made sure to preserve that lead with a blocked shot.
Travis Konecny had a chance on another two-on-one, but Holtby robbed him.
Andrew MacDonald bailed out Robert Hägg after Alex Ovechkin made a great move.
Then the Flyers struck again.
Sean Couturier made a power move to the net and Konecny made sure to score this time.
A five-game goal streak for Konecny!
The Flyers were up 2-0 after one period of play.
Konecny was even out there throwing the body early in the second period.
But then things took a turn for the worse.
Lars Eller threw a puck on net from a sharp angle, and Chandler Stephenson poked it home.
Then he got behind the defense on a breakaway, and scored again to tie it at two.
Pretty bad defense by Brandon Manning here to allow the stretch pass to get through.
Claude Giroux was pissed.
Then the Capitals converted on a power play to take the lead.
Andre Burakovsky fought for position in front and redirected it past Neuvirth.
Giroux was doing all he could to help the team.
Nicklas Backstrom tried to go at Radko Gudas after the horn, which is never a good idea.
The Flyers trailed the Capitals, 3-2, after two periods of play.
Tom Wilson pinched Nolan Patrick’s stick and took a dive, drawing a penalty.
T.J. Oshie converted.
Brandon Manning getting crushed by Tom Wilson is a perfect metaphor for tonight’s game.
The Capitals scored again. 5-2.
Alex Lyon made his NHL debut after Neuvirth allowed a fifth goal.
He made a few solid saves to start.
Including this one on Alex Ovechkin from the slot.
Manning dropped the gloves with Alex Chiasson.
The Flyers got one back.
Patrick picked up his second point of the night as Provorov’s one-timer was deflected home by Voracek.
Just the tip from Voracek.
But that was all the Flyers could muster. They fell to the Capitals, 5-3.
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