The Philadelphia Flyers went into Washington looking to go streaking with their third win in a row, but came up short. The good news, however, is that they didn’t come away empty handed.
The Flyers played a tight game with the Capitals all the way through and ended up earning a point in an overtime loss. Steve Mason came up huge for the Flyers, making 22 saves on 24 shots including some beauties. He stole a point in Washington and then kept the game going in overtime with a save of the year candidate.
Travis Konecny made his return to the lineup after missing nine games with an injury. He was slotted in on the fourth line.
The second line was still together after their stellar performance on Thursday night, and Valtteri Filppula stared into your soul.
Tom Wilson, known primarily for his physical play and absolutely nothing else, was being himself early on but Wayne Simmonds was having none of it.
The Capitals played dirty all game long, here Justin Williams threw off his gloves and started throwing punches at Nick Cousins. The Flyers earned a power play out of the fracas.
Barry Trotz didn’t like the call, but it was the right one.
Unfortunately the Flyers couldn’t make much of the power play, which became a common theme in the game.
Ivan Provorov was out there making some great defensive plays though.
Matt Read caused a turnover behind the net and set up Sean Couturier in front, but he couldn’t get it past Braden Holtby as he was checked.
The Capitals were busy taking bad penalties all night. Even Alex Ovechkin got in on the party.
But he made up for it by stripping Andrew MacDonald of the puck and then drawing a tripping penalty.
The teams were scoreless after one period of play, but it wasn’t because of a lack of chances for the Flyers.
The Capitals began to put some pressure on early in the second period.
Wayne Simmonds took a penalty on an iffy call in front of the net.
But the Flyers’ penalty kill was just as successful as the Capitals’.
Steve Mason made one of his first big saves of the night, gloving a deflected slapshot from TJ Oshie.
Michael Del Zotto then nailed Tom Wilson in the butt.
Wilson was pretty butthurt.
Shayne Gostisbehere had a costly turnover in front, but Mason had the answer to bail him out.
What a great save by Mase.
The Capitals continued their dirty play in the second period, but this one was not called for a penalty.
Justin Williams came in and elbowed Jake Voracek in the head.
Williams caught Voracek up high, and Jake went down hard.
He would leave the game after taking a shift, but he did return.
Nick Cousins drew a third penalty in the game, this time on Brooks Orpik.
But the Flyers couldn’t convert. Again. And the teams went into the locker rooms scoreless after forty minutes.
Jake was back out for the third period.
And the Flyers got on the board!
Sean Couturier drove the net and got a tip-in in front.
A fantastic setup by Nick Cousins and Matt Read, and then the finish by Couturier camped out in front.
Coots felt good.
But it was a short-lived lead. The Capitals struck back 81 seconds later as Dmitry Orlov blasted one past Mason.
Tom Wilson laid a big hit on Andrew MacDonald, but it was clean.
He had a hit behind the net a few shifts later that wasn’t, though, but he didn’t like the call.
The Flyers came up big on the penalty kill again to keep it tied.
Mason had another big save in front on this cross-crease pass.
TJ Oshie went after Valtteri Filppula after the whistle, and Filppula looked genuinely curious as to why Oshie would be upset with him. He just wants to play hockey!
The teams traded chances late in the period, but the game would head to overtime.
It was a well-earned point for the Flyers, but they were looking to get two.
Steve Mason did all he could in overtime to get that extra point. He sprawled across the crease to make a fantastic save.
Now that’s using your head.
Unfortunately, however, a penalty was called prior to the save and the Capitals went on the power play, where they finally converted.
Backstrom won it in overtime.
It wasn’t the outcome you’d want out of an effort like that, but the Flyers at least got a point against the best team in the league. The Capitals are doubly hard to beat at the Verizon Center, so props to the Flyers for getting that one point.
Hopefully the Flyers can use this momentum and keep moving forward through their four-game road trip. They will now travel to Buffalo on Tuesday night for a 7:30 start.
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