The Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night, giving the boys a pretty nice road win. After going down 2-1, the Caps scored four unanswered goals, and ended up dominating the remainder of this contest.
The starting lines for the Capitals:
Brooks Orpik was scratched with a minor lower body injury that he sustained against the Red Wings on Tuesday night. Orpik is listed as day-to-day. Chandler Stephenson was a healthy scratch.
For the sixth consecutive game, the Capitals gave up the first goal of the game. The Capitals penalty kill continues to thrive, killing three power plays in the first period alone. Trotz made changes to the power play units during morning practice, adding Jason Chimera to the first unit, and the move paid off against the Flyers. Jason Chimera had another good game with 2 goals and an assist. Braden Holtby is now 4-0 this season in games following a Capitals loss.
A moderate pace to the start of this one. The Flyers jumped out early on a wrister by Scott Laughton at the 3:34 mark of the first period, giving the Flyers the 1-0 lead.
T.J. Oshie scored on a patented Evgeny Kuznetsov feed from below the goal line to tie the score 1-1 at 10:35 of the first.
A closer look revealed the Kuznetsov pass actually went between the legs of the Flyers defender.
The Capitals killed three penalties in the first period. The Flyers had one shot on net in the final 11:08 of the 1st period, which came on a power play. Despite being shorthanded for 6:05 of the first period, the Capitals led 17-13 in 1st period SOG.
The Caps would finely falter on the penalty kill. Claude Giroux snuck one by Braden Holtby at 1:07 of the second period to put the Flyers back on top, 2-1.
But that would be it for the Flyers. Jason Chimera would tie the game at 2-2 on a power play shot from in front of the net at the 9:54 mark. Evgeny Kuznetsov would also get the primary assist on this one.
Justin Williams would grab the lead for the Capitals at the 10:39 mark, just 45 seconds after Chimera tied the game.
Michael Latta and the Flyers Ryan White would get into a scrap mid-way through the second period.
The Caps would add another power play goal at the 17:27 mark on a shot by Matt Niskanen. Jason Chimera chipped it in for his second goal of the game to give the Caps a 4-2 lead.
Alex Ovechkin would score on a power play, but a coaches review challenge by the Flyers deemed Justin Williams was off-sides and the goal was disallowed. This would be the second goal taken away from Alex Ovechkin because on a coaches review in the last three games.
The third period had some end-to-end action, but for the most part the Caps fell back into a prevent defense. The Capitals would add a goal on a nice tic-tac-toe play, started by Tom Wilson to Marcus Johansson, and finished off by Nicklas Backstrom.
Caps win, 5-2!