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The Washington Capitals fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Capital One Arena. After a scoreless opening frame, the Flyers struck first early in the middle stanza, but Alex Ovechkin would tie it with a power play goal in the waning second of the second period. After a scoreless third period, the Flyers would win it 27 seconds into overtime.The Capitals are off until Thursday when they visit the Panthers in Florida. Puck drop is set for 7:30 PM.
Braden Holtby (24-9-1, 2.70 GAA, .916 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the Capitals. Brian Elliotte (17-11-7, 2.84 GAA, .906 sv%) got the start for the Flyers. The Capitals forward lines and defensive pairs:
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Wilson
Burakovsky – Kuznetsov – Oshie
Stephenson – Eller – Connolly
Vrana – Beagle – Smith-Pelly
Orlov – Niskanen
Djoos – Carlson
Orpik – Bowey
Scratches: Alex Chiasson and Taylor Chorney were the healthy scratches for the Capitals.
The first period would end-up being a scoreless 20 minutes, with the Caps leading in shots on goal 10-8. Alex Ovechkin had three solid chances but was unable to find the back of the net.
Philadelphia was 0 for 1 and the Capitals 0 for 0 on the power play in the opening frame. Faceoffs were 50-50%.
The Flyers would be the first to break the egg with a rebound goal by Michael Raffl at 6:12 of the middle frame.
Alex Ovechkin would tie the game with a power play goal at 19:44 of the second period.
Shots on goal were 10-10 for the second period. The Capitals led 20-18 after two periods of play. The Capitals were 1 for 2 on the man advantage for the second period. Ovechkin also made a nice sliding defensive play in the period.
The Capitals and Flyers battled through another scoreless period in the third frame. Washington outshot Philadelphia 8-4 for the final frame and 28-22 in regulation.
The Flyers would win it 27 seconds into overtime with a goal by Travis Konecny.
- Caps have lost three straight (0-1-2) and three straight at home (0-2-1).
- John Carlson recorded an assist, his 31st of the season, which ranks second among NHL defensemen.
- The Capitals dropped to 15-4-4 in their last 23 games overall.
- Tonight’s attendance was 18,506, the Capitals 389th consecutive sellout at Capital One Arena.
- NHL box score is here.
By Jon Sorensen
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