Official: Capitals to Face Flyers in First Round of Playoffs

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By securing two points in their win over the Pittsburgh Penguins this afternoon, the Philadelphia Flyers have locked-down the second wild card spot and a guaranteed date with the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. 

The win over their in-state rivals, coupled with a miserable 6-1 loss by the Boston Bruins this afternoon eliminated the Bruins from play-off contention, and secured the final play-off spot for the Flyers.

The schedule for the first round will not be finalized until all games are completed, some time Sunday evening, but early word has game one this Thursday or Friday at Verizon Center.

The Caps split the season series with the Flyers two games a piece, and fell to the Flyers in their last meeting, a 2-1 in a shootout in Philadelphia (no pun intended). In that game, which was a typical chippy affair, Jason Chimera was fined $5,000 for “butt-ending” Shayne Gostisbehere.

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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