The Caps are facing a very emotional Philadelphia Flyers team. With the death of their owner Ed Snider last Monday, the Flyers are playing in front of an always raucous Philadelphia crowd.The Flyers would strike first, within the first minute of play, but down a goal, the Caps responded nicely.
— #StanleyCup Playoffs (@NHL) April 18, 2016
For the Capitals, keeping their cool after big hits or uncalled penalties is key. For big guys like Tom Wilson, it is imperative that they do not take unnecessary penalties. The Caps weathered the “opening storm”, heading to the locker room tied 1-1.
While the Flyers’ power play has gone an abysmal 0-8 in the first two contests, the referees are going to be especially vigilant for even the most minor infractions. Add in the fact the Flyers have some potentially dangerous offensive players such as Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, and Jakub Voracek, and the Caps could be playing with fire. The Caps have to be tough physically AND mentally if they hope to beat the Flyers in their own barn.
— Capitals Goalies (@CapsGoalies) April 19, 2016