Series Recap – Round 1 – Washington Capitals vs Philadelphia Flyers

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The Washington Capitals won their Round 1 series against the Philadelphia Flyers 4 games to 2 games. The following provides a brief break-down of the games, and the stats for the players and each of the games.

CaptureThe Washington Capitals won their Round 1 series against the Philadelphia Flyers four games to two games.They started off by winning the first three games.They won the first game 2-0 in a defensive struggle, scoring a power play goal by John Carlson late in the second period and adding an insurance goal by Jay Beagle near the end of the game.The next game also started with a power play goal by Carlson, this time more than halfway through the first period.  They added their second goal early in the second period when Jason Chimera shot the puck from center ice and the puck squeezed through Flyers goalie Steve Mason.The Flyers struck back with a goal near the end of the second period. Alex Ovechkin scored on a power play goal.  The final score was 4-0. After winning their first two games at home, the Caps traveled to Philadelphia.  This time, the Flyers struck first very early in the first period. However, the Caps struck back a few minutes later. Ovechkin added a power play goal during the second period and the Caps led 2-1. The third period was a wild period, featuring penalties galore and four power play goals by the Caps. Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare earned a major penalty and a game misconduct for checking Dmitry Orlov into the boards, which snuffed out any hopes of a Flyers comeback.  The final score was 6-1.

For the fourth game, the Flyers switched goalies, from the struggling Mason,  to former Capital, Michal Neuvirth. Neuvirth played amazingly well, stealing two games for the Flyers.  The Flyers won Game 5, 2-1.  They scored one goal during the first period and one during the second.  The Caps struck back for one goal during the third. Despite numerous shots on goal, they could not tie up the game. In Game 5, the Caps outshot the Flyers by a ratio of 4:1.  However, they could not score any goals.  The Flyers, meanwhile, scored one goal on a deflection and added an empty net goal.  Neuvirth channeled his inner 2010 playoff version of Jaroslav Halak to beat the Caps, 2-0.  Many Caps fans were concerned the Caps would collapse yet again. However, in the last game, while Neuvirth played extremely well, Braden Holtby was able to shutout the Flyers as the Caps closed out the series.  Nicklas Backstrom scored the lone goal of the game, less than a minute after escaping from the penalty box. He had been assessed for a double minor, which the referee had called on him by mistake.  Fortunately, the Caps killed that penalty, which was even more challenging, given that it was a 5 on 3 situation for two minutes of that penalty.

Game Date Score
1 4/14/2016 Washington 2 – Philadelphia 0
2 4/16/2016 Washington 4 – Philadelphia 1
3 4/18/2016 Washington 6 – Philadelphia 1
4 4/20/2016 Philadelphia 2 – Washington 1
5 4/22/2016 Philadelphia 2 – Washington 0
6 4/24/2016 Washington 1 – Philadelphia 0

Caps Goals
Game 1
John Carlson Assists from Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom (PP)
Jay Beagle Assist from Marcus Johansson

Game 2
John Carlson Assists from Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson (PP)
Jason Chimera Assists from Karl Alzner, Matt Niskanen
Alex Ovechkin Assists from Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson (PP)
Nicklas Backstrom Assists from T.J. Oshie, John Carlson

Game 3
Marcus Johansson Assists from John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom (PP)
Alex Ovechkin Assists from Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie
Evgeny Kuznetsov Assists from Justin Williams, Braden Holtby (PP)
John Carlson Assists from Alex Ovechkin, Justin Williams (PP)
Alex Ovechkin Assists from John Carlson, T.J. Oshie (PP)
Jay Beagle Assists from Dmitry Orlov, Nate Schmidt (PP)

Game 4
T.J. Oshie Assists from Matt Niskanen, Karl Alzner

Game 5
No Caps goals

Game 6
Nicklas Backstrom Assists from Marcus Johansson, Alex Ovechkin

By Diane Doyle

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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