Capitals Beat Flyers 2-1 (OT)


The Capitals beat the Flyers 2-1 Saturday night at Verizon Center. The win raised the Capitals record to 44-12-8 (95 points). The Capitals next play host to the Dallas Stars on Monday night at Verizon Center. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. 

flyers-at-capsBraden Holtby got the start in goal for the Caps. T.J. Oshie returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games due to an upper body injury.

Andre Burakovsky missed his 8th consecutive game due to a hand injury. Nate Schmidt and Taylor Chorney were the healthy scratches for the Caps.

This was the Capitals’ 349th consecutive sellout at Verizon Center.


  • The Capitals went scoreless in the first two periods for the second consecutive game.
  • Dmitry Orlov scored his 19th career NHL goal, and the fifth one to come against the Flyers.
  • With his goal, Dmitry Orlov tied his career high in points (2015-16: 29).
  • The Capitals penalty kill was a perfect 6 for 6 in the game, and 14 for 14 in the last three games.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk got the primary assist on game winner. His first point as a Capital.
  • Backstrom’s game winning goal was his 20th goal of the season.
  • 15th consecutive home win for the Capitals.

The first five minutes of the game was fairly chippy. Justin Williams would get into a minor scrap with the Flyers Nick Cousins at the 1:55 mark of the opening frame. The confrontation would result in matching minors for Williams and Cousins.


The first period was scoreless. The Flyers led in shots on goal 7-6 for the opening frame.

The second period would also be of the scoreless variety. The Flyers outshot the Caps 13-12 for the middle frame, and led 20-18 through two periods of play. The Flyers outplayed the Caps for most of the period, and had several prime scoring chances but could not convert.

The Flyers would notch the game’s first score on a goal by Sean Coutourier at 1:19 of the final frame.


Dmitry Orlov would tie the game on a bomb from the point at the 2:40 mark of the final frame.


The third period would end with the score tied 1-1.

The Capitals would win in it OT on a filthy power play snipe by Nicklas Backstrom.



By Jon Sorensen


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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