Capitals Defeat Flyers, 2-1 (SO), Extend Point Streak To 13 Games

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The Washington Capitals topped the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 2-1 in a shootout at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night to extend their point streak to 13 games (11-0-2). The Capitals are now five points ahead of the New York Islanders for first place in the Metropolitan Division. Goaltender Braden Holtby made 30 saves in the win.

Capitals’ Lines at Flyers

Forward Richard Panik was elevated to the third-line while Garnet Hathaway was demoted to the fourth. Forward Carl Hagelin (upper-body injury) missed his third consecutive game.

First Period

Forward Brendan Leipsic poked in a rebound from the side of the goal after defenseman John Carlson sent the puck toward the net to make it 1-0 Capitals 6:13 into the first.

The Capitals led 16-5 in shots, 3-0 in takeaways, 6-5 in blocked shots, won 59% of the draws, and had three giveaways while the Flyers had four in the first.

The Flyers led 8-6 in hits after one.

Each team failed to score on one power-play opportunity in the opening period.

Second Period

The Capitals led 22-17 in shots, 4-2 in takeaways, and had only six giveaways while the Flyers had 10 through two. It marked the first time this season that they failed to score in the second period.

The Flyers led 12-6 in second-period shots, 12-11 in hits, 10-9 in blocked shots, and won 51% of the draws in the first two periods.

Each team went 0-for-3 on the man advantage in the first 40 minutes.

Third Period

Forward Claude Giroux beat Holtby five-hole, sticking a cross-crease pass over defenseman Jonas Seigenthaler from forward Jakub Voracek after entering the offensive zone on the power-play to tie it for the Flyers 6:38 into the third.

The Capitals led 33-27 in shots, including 11-10 in the third, 15-12 in blocked shots, 22-17 in hits, and had only nine giveaways while the Flyers had 11. They failed to covert on three power plays and won 51% of the draws.

The Flyers led 6-5 in takeaways and went 1-for-4 on the man advantage.

Each team posted six takeaways.

The game would head to overtime for the second straight game for the Capitals.

Overtime

The Capitals led 4-3 in overtime shots and 36-31 in the game but the score would remain tied.

Shootout

Voracek backhanded it wide after faking the shot on the blocker side.

Oshie beat goaltender Carter Hart through the five-hole to take the lead for the Capitals.

Giroux sped in, hit the breaks, waited, and beat Holtby top corner to tie it.

Center Evgeny Kuznetsov regained the lead for the Capitals, going backhand to forehand and beating Hart blocker side.

Holtby thwarted Couturier with the blocker to win the game for the Capitals.

The Capitals take on the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington beginning at 7 PM ET.

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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