Capitals Crush Flyers 6-1, Take Commanding 3-0 Series Lead

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The Washington Capitals shot-down the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1 on Monday night at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The win gives the Caps a commanding 3-0 series lead with game 4 set for Wednesday night in Philadelphia. 

CaptureThe starting lines for the Capitals:

Offensive lines:
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Oshie
Burakovsky-Kuznetsov-Williams
Chimera-Richards-Johansson
Winnik-Beagle-Wilson

Defensive pairs:
Orpik-Carlson
Alzner-Niskanen
Orlov-Schmidt

Michal Latta, Mike Weber, Stan Galiev and Taylor Chorney were the healthy scratches for tonight’s game. The goalie match-up for game 3, provided by @washcaps:

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QUICK TAKES
The Capitals would revert to late-season tactics and yield a goal in the first minute of play, but this time the Caps would answer with a power-play goal by Marcus Johansson a few minutes later. The Caps would take their first lead of the game on an Ovechkin wrister, as the second period would end with the Caps leading 2-1. Brooks Orpik would leave the game in the second period as a result of a hit by the Flyers Ryan White. Evgeny Kuznetsov would stretch the Capitals lead to 3-1 early in the third period. The Caps would slam the door in the third period, adding goals by Ovechkin, Carlson and Beagle, finishing with a 6-1 victory. The Caps take a 3-0 series lead, the first 3-0 playoff series lead in franchise history. Team stats for the game can be found here: Player stats for the game can be found here: Face-off stats for the game can be found here: Photos for the game can be found here:

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The Flyers struck quickly, as Michael Raffl knocked in a rebound just 57 seconds into the game.

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The Flyers were whistled for the games’ first penalty, Simmonds for holding at 4:28, and the Caps would quickly capitalize. Marcus Johansson would tip-in a shot from the point by John Carlson at 4:43, tying the game at 1-1 early in the first period.

The first period would end in a 1-1 tie. First period shot attempts: Flyers 23 (11 SOG 5 blocked 7 missed), Capitals 22 (7 SOG 11 blocked 4 missed).

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The Capitals successfully killed the remainder of the Flyers power play to start the second period. The Flyers Radko Gudas was called for roughing at 2:48 of the middle frame, giving the Caps their third power play of the game, but the Caps would be unable to capitalize. The Caps began to gain a slight advantage in 5-on-5 play towards the middle of the second period. Alex Ovechkin would give the Caps their first lead at 8:50 of the middle frame on a nasty wrister from the right dot.

Brooks Orpik would leave the game with 8 minutes left in the middle frame when he sustained a hit by the Flyers Ryan White, which resulted in Orik’s head bouncing off of the glass. Orpik would be helped from the ice by Caps head trainer Greg Smith.

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The second period would end with the Caps leading 2-1. The Flyers led in shots on goal 23-14 after two periods of play.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov would stretch the Caps lead to 3-1 at the 1:58 mark of the third period, knocking home a rebound that quieted the Philly crowd. Braden Holtby would get an assist.

John Carlson would add a power play goal at 7:37 of the final frame making it 4-1.

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Alex Ovechkin would add a power play goal to stretch the Caps lead to 5-1 at the 14:58 mark of the final frame.

Jay Beagle would add a power play goal to make it 6-1 at 18:20 of the final frame. The Caps would hold on for the 6-1 win, taking a 3-0 series lead. Towards the end of the game, Philly fans began tossing objects on the ice, and at Caps players.

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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