Capitals Shoot Down Flyers, 3-1; Alex Ovechkin Scores Goal #714

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The Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Sunday evening at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Following a first strike by the Flyers, the Capitals answered with goals from Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov and Nick Jensen, his first goal as a Washington Capital, to secure the victory. The win improves the Capitals record to 14-6-4 (32 points) on the season.

STATS

STARTERS
Ilya Samsonov (2-0-0-1, 2.87 GAA, .877 sv%) got the start between the pipes for the visiting Capitals. Carter Hart (6-4-0-3, 3.49 GAA, .893 sv%) started in goal for the Flyers. The starting forward lines and defensive pairs for the Capitals:

Scratches: Tom Wilson (Suspension), Jonas Siegenthaler, Trevor van Riemsdyk.


FIRST PERIOD
The Flyers struck first with a goal from Joel Farabee (11) at 11:04 of the first period.

And that was it for the first frame.

The Flyers led in shot attempts 15-9 and in shots on goal 14-7. Both teams were 0 for 1 on the power play in the first period.


SECOND PERIOD
The Capitals would tie the score with a goal from Alex Ovechkin (8) at 15:11 of the second period. T.J. Oshie and Zdeno Chara (5) had the helpers.

The Capitals would take their first lead of the game with a goal from Dmitry Orlov (2) at 19:44 of the second period. John Carlson (15) and Jakub Vrana (8) had the assists.

The period would end with the Capitals leading 2-1.

The Capitals led in shot attempts 27-8 in the second period and led 38-23 after two periods. Capitals led in shots on goal 13-9 for the second period, with the Flyers leading 22-20 after two periods.


THIRD PERIOD
The Capitals stretched their lead to 3-1 with a snipe from Nick Jensen (1) at 4:15 of the final frame. It was Jenen’s first goal as a Washington Capital. Nicklas Backstrom (17) and T.J. Oshie (12) had the assists.

The Capitals would hold on for the 3-1 win.


NOTES

  • Ilya Samsonov stopped 36 of 37 shots faced for a .973 game save percentage.
  • Capitals led in scoring chances 20-13.
  • Capitals led in xGF% 50.61%.
  • Flyers won the faceoff battle 56-44%.
  • Capitals were 0 for 1 and the Flyers 0 for 4 on the power play.
  • Capitals led in hits 24-14.

SHAVINGS

  • Alex Ovechkin tied the game at 1-1 with his eighth goal of the season. He sits four goals shy of passing Phil Esposito (717g) for the sixth-most goals in NHL history.
  • T.J. Oshie recorded the primary assist on Ovechkin’s goal, his 11th assist of the season. With 11 assists in 23 games, Oshie is on a 39-assist pace over an 82-game season, which would be his highest total as a Capital (29a in 2017-18 and 2018-19).
  • Orlov’s goal marked the eighth time this season the Capitals scored a goal in the final minute of a period.
  • T.J. Oshie recorded the secondary assist, marking his second assist of the game and his fourth multi-point game this season.
  • Nick Jensen gave the Caps a 3-1 lead. This marks Jensen’s first goal as a Capital.
  • Nick Jensen has recorded four points (1g, 3a) over his last six games. Jensen has recorded eight points (1g, 7a) in 21 games this season, matching his point total from last season in 47 fewer games.
  • Nicklas Backstrom earned the primary assist on Jensen’s goal, marking his team-leading 17th assist this season.

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 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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