The Capitals and Flyers faced off for a national audience on Super Bowl Sunday that Philadelphia won 7 to 4.
Here’s Sunday afternoon’s Plus/Minus:
Plus: Washington’s top line of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Tom Wilson combined for eleven points (4G 7A).
Minus: Neither of the Capitals’ two goalies registered a save percentage above .800.
Twelve more notes on the game:
- Ovechkin started the scoring in the first period with his fourth goal of the season. His wicked wrister on the man advantage bounced off of Carter Hart’s left shoulder and into the net.
- Washington’s lead was extended by Wilson five minutes later. By driving the net and giving himself space Wilson was able to pound home an Ovechkin rebound with ease.
- Scott Laughton got Philadelphia on the scoreboard before the first intermission. With the puck bouncing crazy in Vitek Vanecek’s crease Laughton got to it first and slammed it home.
- Early in the second frame Laughton tallied again, but this time from a tight angle. With the puck practically on the goal line Laughton lifted it over Vanecek’s left leg pad to knot the game at two.
- But 99 seconds later Ovechkin’s own second put the Capitals ahead. Hart was beaten by a hard low slap shot from the blue line that went through traffic in the slot.
- Robert Hagg responded for the Flyers though. From forty feet out Hagg leaned into a slap shot of his own that rose up and over Vanecek’s glove.
- The Flyers got their first lead with five minutes to play in the second period. James van Riemsdyk got in behind Washington’s defense and precisely picked the far corner (ending Vanecek’s afternoon).
- Before the second intermission a backward Backstrom bounced a puck between Hart’s leg to tie the game at four.
- 31 seconds into the third Sean Couturier put Philadelphia ahead again. His quick shot from the slot slipped under Craig Anderson for the Flyers’ fifth.
- Laughton tapped home his third goal with two minutes to play to end Washington’s comeback attempt.
- A Couturier empty net goal would provide the margin of victory.
- In his return to the Capitals lineup Lars Eller registered an assist on Ovechkin’s goal.