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The Capitals went down two goals early but fought their way back to tie the game before the second intermission. In a fast paced third period it would be the Flyers' Michael Del Zotto scoring the game winning goal over Braden Holtby's glove hand. Philadelphia's Rob Zepp made 20 saves in his fifth NHL win.
Check back right here for our full recap later, but first, Sunday afternoon's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: The second period was this team's best of the day. They used the momentum built over those twenty minutes after scoring two goals and tying the game and set themselves up with a man advantage to begin the final frame of play. Unfortunately, their good play would fizzle as the game clock continued and resulted in a lost third period.
- Minus: "They don't ask how, they ask how many". This afternoon's power play efforts from the Capitals would not have a good answer for either, as the team went zero for four with only two shots on goal. Hopefully it's only the result of playing on back-to-back afternoons in late February, but the group will need to bounce back moving forward.
And now, this...
Ten more notes on the game -
- Both of this afternoon's goaltenders played yesterday, and the one who saw the least amount of rubber won this afternoon. The Flyers worked Holtby far harder than the Capitals did against Zepp, and Philadelphia took it by one extra goal.
- Claude Giroux opened the game's scoring on the power play before five minutes had gone by with a wrist shot that saw its way around Wayne Simmonds. After possessing the puck well to start the man advantage Giroux tallied two seconds past its halfway mark to get Wells Fargo Center jumping early.
- The entire first period was dominated by the home team as Washington seemed to get their legs going late after yesterday's shootout win over the Islanders. The only good chance the Capitals saw in the opening frame was a faceoff win from Nicklas Backstrom that Alex Ovechkin rang off the left post.
- Simmonds would extend Philadelphia's lead to two with his own power play goal 94 seconds into the second period. A Mark Streit point shot bounced up and over Holtby and Simmonds swatted it into the net uncontested two seconds after Washington's five on three disadvantage ended.
- The Capitals would eventually get going and put themselves on the board with some great forechecking work from Tom Wilson and Michael Latta. The duo pounded the Flyers defense beneath the goal line, allowing John Carlson to sneak down into the slot and feed a cross crease pass to Wilson, who banked it in off of Zepp's right side.
- As the game began to get more physical Zac Rinaldo attempted to ratchet things up a few notches and took a run at Mike Green in neutral ice. Neither Green nor Chimera liked it, and the ruckus wouldn't end until Rinaldo was face down on the red line.
- After killing off Chimera's additional tow minute minor Washington would even the score thanks to Joel Ward 's best tee shot from the left circle. Ward chopped at a loose puck and connected, the puck perfectly placed over Zepp's nearside shoulder and into the net's top shelf.
- Washington excellent middle frame and comeback would all be for naught in the end, however, as Del Zotto scored the game winner with 4:13 to play. A perfectly placed wrist shot beat Holtby, who had traffic in front to contend against, and gave the Flyers two points they desperately needed.
- The loss snapped Washington's season long four game winning streak. Today was their first regulation loss since Valentine's Day, which should help ease the pain from the defeat.
- A real head scratcher by Barry Trotz to sit Andre Burakovsky today, although the overdue chin music to Rinaldo probably doesn't occur if Burra plays and Chimera sits. Burakovsky skated 22 shifts yesterday and put four shots on goal in the team's win, but gets a seat in the press box 24 hours later. Makes ya wonder...
Washington will regroup for a Wednesday night showdown at Verizon Center against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They will need to bounce back with a strong start and get some pucks and plays going their way to shake off this most recent loss. Expect to see a couple of sharp practices at Kettler from Trotz and Co. between now and then.