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In a game that saw Washington outplay Philadelphia the Flyers escaped from D.C. with the victory thanks to a 44 save Michal Neuvirth shutout. Despite outshooting the Flyers for all sixty minutes the Capitals couldn't muster a goal to knot the score.
First up here's Friday night's Plus/Minus:
- Plus: The Capitals poured it on Neuvirth and the Flyers firing a total of 44 shots on goal. Most nights at home, that'll do just fine.
- Minus: Justin Williams spent eight minutes of the game in the penalty box, six in the first period and two in the second. He registered more time in the penalty box than TOI in the first frame.
Eight more notes on the game.
- T.J. Oshie and Brayden Schenn knocked knuckles right after the game's opening faceoff with both combatants landing some rights. After chatting over the red line the two wingers squared up and settled the Capitals' beef regarding a dangerous cross check in Game 4.
- Ryan White would tally the game's first eight minutes into the second period. With Williams coming out of the penalty box White stashed a shot wide of the net that caromed off of Taylor Chorney's skate and bounded behind Braden Holtby for the lead. Some nights that's the way it goes.
- Washington outshot the Flyers 15 to 2 in the second period despite exiting it down a goal. Neuvirth was at his best late in the middle frame denying chances and slowing down the game with his glovehand.
- In the third period Washington kept their offensive streak going by pumping 13 more shots on goal while limiting their guests to just three. Unfortunately Neuvirth stood tall against every shot in the final frame and his team kept the rebound chances to a minimum.
- With 31 seconds left in the third period Philadelphia stashed an empty net goal after furious pressure from Washington's forwards in the Flyers' zone. Chris VandeVelde sprung free from center ice and tucked home the insurance tally.
- Neuvirth is now undefeated against his old team in three career appearances.
- Karl Alzner and John Carlson led all defensemen with five shots on goal apiece.
- Too little, too late. That's what it boiled down to tonight.