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.
The Capitals starting lines for tonight’s game:
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 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.