Flyers Thump Capitals, 5-2

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. The loss drops the Capitals record to 40-20-6 (86 points) on the season. The Flyers win pulls them to within one point of the Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division.


The Capitals opened the scoring with a goal from Lars Eller early in the opening frame for a 1-0 Capitals lead after one. The Flyers would tie the game early in the middle frame with a power play goal, and add two more tallies for a 3-1 lead before Garnet Hathaway potted his 8th goal of the season late in the middle frame for a 3-2 Flyers lead at the second intermission. The Flyers would stretch their lead to 4-2 early in the final frame and add a goal late in the third period for a 5-2 lead final.


Braden Holtby (24-13-0-5, 3.12 GAA, .898 sv%) started between the pipes for the Capitals. Brian Elliot (15-7-0-4, 2.90 GAA, .899 sv%) got the start in goal for the visiting Flyers. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Travis Boyd

The Capitals would break the seal on the scoring with a tally from Lars Eller (16) at 14:09 of the first frame. Richard Panik (10), who made a nice dish to Eller, had the primary assist. Carl Hagelin (16) had the other assist.

That would be all of the scoring in the first period. The Capitals led 1-0 after one. Shots on goal were tied 7-7.

The Flyers would tie the game with a power play goal from Travis Konecny (24) at 7:06 of the second period.

The Flyers would grab their first lead of the game with a goal from Kevin Hayes (23) at 14:48 of the second period.

The Flyers would make it 3-1 late in the middle frame with a goal from Tyler Pitlick (8) at 17:05 of the second period.

But the Capitals would strike back before the end of the period with a goal from Garnet Hathaway (8) at 18:32 of the second period. Tom Wilson (22) and Nic Dowd (7) had the helpers.

The second period would end with the Flyers leading 3-2. The Flyers led in shots on goal 18-8 for the middle frame, and 25-16 after two periods.

The Flyers would extend their lead to 4-2 with a goal from Ivan Provorov (12) at 6:36 of the final frame.

The Flyers would add a late goal from Scott Laughton (13) at 14:15 of the final frame to make it 5-2.

That would be the final.

The Flyers led in shots on goal 29-27, and the Capitals led in shot attempts 44-34 for the game.


  • Lars Eller gave the Caps a 1-0 lead with his 16th goal of the season. He’s now at 38 points on the year (16g, 22a), which has tied his career high set in 2017-18 (18g, 20a).
  • Richard Panik and Carl Hagelin picked up the assists on Eller’s goal. Panik’s first 37 games as a Capital: 5g, 3a, 8p Panik’s most recent 19 games: 3g, 7a, 10 p Hagelin’s first 36 games this season: 1g, 8a, 9p Hagelin’s most recent 19 games: 6g, 8a, 14p


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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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10 Responses to Flyers Thump Capitals, 5-2

  1. steven borkoski says:

    Same old problems and Im not sure which is worse: to many penalties or the lack of a power play. I wont say that the team is playing without heart but I will say that it is playing tired and old and with no change in anything that they do. Im wondering if this lack of power play, to many penalties and lack of changing anything will keep them out of the playoffs but I dont see them going to far if they make the playoffs. Need to get younger and faster and more opportunistic.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I’m with ya Steven, the issues have been going on for months. Nothing is improving, for the most part. Since December 9th, the Capitals are 24th in the league in points. That’s bottom third of the league.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Someone needs to hit PP Bench Boss Blaine Forsythe with a trash truck emblazoned with “Entries Matter.” I think the Mites on Ice could stop the Caps PP – unbelievably-infuriating mediocrity.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Lol, “Mites on Ice” 😂

    • Marky says:

      To me they were getting the puck in the zone a lot but would fumble it or put it in a place where the Flyers would get to it first. The Flyers also did pressure well but unlike the Flyers PP, the passing and movement was not crisp and they sometimes look like they are skating in mud. Backstrom has been in a fog. Don’t know what’s wrong with these guys, no urgency in there play.

  3. Marky says:

    I do that particular gaffe a little to often, I’m afraid.

  4. Marky says:

    By the way that Provorov goal was terrible position/effort by Ovi and Backstrom.

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