Flyers Beat Capitals 4-3 in Overtime

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday night at Verizon Center, ending the team’s home winning streak at 12 games.  The Capitals record falls to 35-8-4.  The Flyers ended their 3-game losing streak, improving their record to 21-18-8.


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The Capitals starting lines for tonight’s game:

Offensive Lines:

Defensive pairs:

Jay Beagle missed his 11th straight game due to an injury to his hand he sustained against Buffalo on December 30th. Brooks Orpik missed his 34th straight game since sustaining a lower body injury in Detroit on November 10th. Ryan Stanton and Stanislav Galiev were the healthy scratches for tonight’s game.

The Capitals 8-day lay-off was clearly evident in the first period, as the Caps passing was terrible.  Evgeny Kuznetsov made a very careless pass in the Caps defensive zone to gift a second goal to the flyers.  Matt Niskanen and Dmitry Orlov were also notably poor with tape-to-tape passes in the first period.  The Flyers led 12-6 in shots-on-goal after one period.  The Capitals responded in the second period, outshooting and outplaying the Flyers for a majority of the period and tying the game 2-2.  The Flyers would add a goal at the end of the period to regain the lead.  the third period was essentially even battle, with the game ending in a 3-3 tie.  The Flyers would win it quickly in overtime.  The Flyers outshot the Caps 32-30 for the game.

The Capitals Tom Wilson was called for the game’s first penalty at 4:48 of the opening frame, and the Flyers would cash-in just six seconds later with a close-range punch-in by Brayden Schenn. This was the Flyers first shot-on-goal.


The Capitals were only able to generate two shots-on-goal in the first ten minutes of the first period.  The Flyers would get a second goal at the 11:11 mark on a bad turnover by Evgeny Kuznetsov in the Capitals defensive zone, which was quickly buried in the net by the Flyers Ryan White.


The period would end with the Flyers leading 2-0.  The Flyers also led in shots-on-goal 12-6 for the first period.

The second period saw much better passing from the Caps, and greatly improved offensive zone pressure.  The Caps would cut the Flyers lead in half on a great play by Andre Burakovsky, who snagged an errant pass and nailed a shot from the top of the slot at 7:39 of the middle frame.


Nicklas Backstrom would tie the game at 8:34 on a nifty feed from T.J. Oshie.


The Flyers would regain the lead with 2:21 left in the second period on a face-off win and quick shot on goal by Jakub Voracek.


The period would end with the Flyers leading 3-2.  The Flyers led in shots-on-goal 18-17.

The Capitals would tie the game on Andre Burakosky’s second goal of the game at 3:55 in the third period. Burakovsky received a nice feed from Kuznetsov for the shot from the crease.


The period would end in a 3-3 tie.  Shots on goal were tied at 30-30.

The Caps would lose it 38 seconds into overtime.

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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