Capitals Drop Flyers, 5-3; Jakub Vrana and T.J Oshie Each Get Two

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The Washington Capitals handed the Philadelphia Flyers their eighth consecutive loss after beating them by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday night in the first meeting of the season between the two teams. The win gave the Capitals (26-12-4) a two-point cushion over the Pittsburgh Penguins for the top spot in the Metro. Goaltender Pheonix Copley made 37 saves for his ninth win in his past 11 outings (9-1-1). 

Capitals Lines vs. Flyers

Center Nicklas Backstrom missed tonight’s game due to an illness and center Lars Eller stepped in his place on the second line. Center Travis Boyd was bumped up to Eller’s spot while center Nic Dowd drew back into the lineup.

Goaltender Mike McKenna started for the Flyers, who tied an NHL record for the most goalies used in a season (seven).

First Period

On the Capitals’ first shot of the game, forward Tom Wilson tapped in forward Jakub Vrana’s pass in the crease after Vrana flew into the offensive zone with a burst of speed to feed him down low 4:21 into the game.

After defenseman Michal Kempny turned the puck over to Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom in the defensive zone, Lindblom fed forward Jakub Voracek on a two-on-one rush and Voracek one-timed it past Copley to tie the game with 9:28 left in the first.

The Capitals led 8-0 in blocked shots after one.

The Flyers led 11-4 in shots, 10-6 in hits, 4-1 in takeaways and had only two giveaways while the Capitals had four in the opening frame. Philadelphia went 0-for-1 on the power-play and won 65% of the faceoffs in the first.

Second Period

Forward T.J. Oshie tipped in Eller’s shot in front of McKenna for the 199th goal of his career and his first in nine games. The goal went right by McKenna’s blocker 9:19 into the period.

Vrana picked off a pass from Flyers center Sean Couturier and zipped in on a breakaway. He put it past the glove of McKenna with 8:38 left to give the Capitals a 3-1 lead with his 13th of the season.

Vrana banked the puck in off of the left pad of McKenna for his second of the game on the power-play after getting a feed from center Travis Boyd on the power-play. The goal was only the Capitals’ second on their last 34 opportunities (6% efficiency) on the man advantage.

The Capitals led 13-12 in second-period shots and 11-7 in blocked shots after 40 minutes of action.

The Flyers led 23-17 in shots, 19-9 in hits, and had six giveaways while the Capitals had seven. Philadelphia won 73% of the draws in the first two periods.

Each team was credited with six takeaways and had two power-plays through two, although the Capitals took advantage of one of their power-plays, unlike the Flyers.

Third Period

After defenseman Radko Gudas threw a hard shoulder hit on Capitals center Nic Dowd, forward Devante Smith-Pelly challenged Gudas to a wrestling match but got taken down 2:04 into the third.

Forward Wayne Simmonds cut the Capitals’ lead in half tapping in his own rebound in the crease after getting a feed from Voracek with 3:27 to go.

Wilson tapped in the empty netter in the crease with 2:01 to go but was offsides after the Flyers challenged the ruling on the ice. He was able to draw a penalty on Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere for hooking on the play.

Forward Claude Giroux buried a cross-ice feed from the right dot after getting a cross-rink pass from Voracek to cut the lead to 4-3.

Oshie added an empty-netter from center ice with 2.1 to go off of the faceoff after the Flyers scored for his second goal of the game and the 200th of his career.

The Capitals led 19-13 in blocked shots and 14-11 in takeaways. They went 1-for-4 on the power-play.

The Flyers led 40-26 in shots, including 17-9 in the final frame, 23-15 in hits, and had eight giveaways while the Capitals had 14. Philadelphia won 70% of the draws. They went 0-for-5 on the power-play.

The Capitals next take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday night. Action from Beantown is slated for 7 PM and can be seen on NBC Sports Washington.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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13 Responses to Capitals Drop Flyers, 5-3; Jakub Vrana and T.J Oshie Each Get Two

  1. Harrison Brown says:

    That was a GRITTY win.

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  3. DayOne Caps Fanatic says:

    Sloppy more like it. Caps still stuck in second gear. Won’t cut it THURS against Boston. Wake Up, Caps!

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  5. Diane Doyle says:

    Glad they survived to win. Great days by Vrana and Kuzy. Copley had a good day. Ending was bizarre.

    Meanwhile, there were no where as many Flyers fans in attendance as I’ve been accustomed to seeing in the past. We did have a few, including the guy sitting in front of us who was interesting (and seemed friendly at least). But wonder if their down season is depressing attendance.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I know Ill get flamed for this but at the trade deadline it is BC that should be moved. He is a UFA this year and is on pace for 50 points. A western team will offer big money. Because he is making 1.5 M he is very cap friendly. A western team will pay big for him. TB can fill his spot. AB and CS are equal in my opinion.

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