Washington travelled to Philadelphia to face a hot Flyers squad that was sitting just one point ahead of the Capitals in the Metropolitan Division. After sixty minutes of inspired hockey couldn’t determine a winner it was Philadelphia picking up the extra point in the shootout, keeping the Capitals a few steps behind in the standings.
First up, Wednesday night’s Plus/Minus.
- Plus: Andre Burakovsky made his return to the lineup and quickly found his offensive touch again. He ended the night with a goal and an assist in 12 minutes of work.
- Minus: Lars Eller dropped, and nearly blinded, Chris VandeVelde with an irresponsible high stick to the face. Just another day and another Eller stick infraction.
Nine more notes on the game:
- Burakovsky tallied the game’s first goal by firing a snapshot off the right post and in behind Steve Mason with two minutes left in the opening frame. A series of passes from Lars Eller and Dmitry Orlov gave Burakovsky the look he needed.
- Burakovsky’s tally, his third of the year, snapped a 26 game goalless streak. Yikes.
- Less than five minutes into the second period Michael Raffl beat Braden Holtby with a forehanded wrap around to tie the contest. Holtby and John Carlson combined to nearly keep the puck out of the net but video review confirmed that Raffl’s tuck was just barely enough.
- But the Capitals responded after five more minutes of play with Eller scoring the third goal of his campaign as well. Eller stayed strong on his skates and took advantage of a Carlson poke check in the slot by jumping on the loose puck and firing it up and into the net over Mason.
- With Shayne Gostisbehere and Justin Williams in the penalty box to close out the second frame the Flyers took advantage of the open ice and scored an energizing goal to tie the game. An unexpected (and awful) bounce off the boards gave Claude Giroux the puck with plenty of space in the slot and he made no mistake placing it in the upper right corner of the cage.
- Linesman David Brisebois was felled by a Wayne Simmonds dump in late in the third period, forcing play to be halted. He appeared to be alright, however, returning to his duty after a brief break.
- In overtime the teams spent half of the five minute frame skating at four on four with the Capitals having started overtime on a power play. Philadelphia had the best two or three chances but neither team could connect.
- In the shootout it was Simmonds scoring to secure the win for Philadelphia with a nice series of moves before delivering a sharp shot up and over Holtby’s glove hand.
- Brooks Orpik proved he’s no Humpty Dumpty tonight, returning to Wells Fargo Center ice for the first time since being helped off it last April after a violent Ryan White hit. Considering how bad the injury looked at first glance it was nice to see Orpik plying his trade along the walls of the insufferable Wells Fargo Center again.