Flyers Clip Capitals, 3-1; Alex Ovechkin Ties Mike Gartner For Most 30-Goal Seasons In NHL History

Photo: @Capitals/Twitter

The Washington Capitals fell to the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 3-1  at Capital One Arena on Saturday. The loss dropped the Capitals’ record to 23-16-6 and 52 points on the season. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper made 22 saves in the loss.

Lines & Pairs

Alex Ovechkin — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Connor Sheary
Sonny Milano — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson
Anthony Mantha — Nic Dowd — T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson — Lars Eller — Garnet Hathaway

Erik Gustafsson — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Dmitry Orlov — Nick Jensen
Matt Irwin — Martin Fehervary

Darcy Kuemper
Charlie Lindgren

Scratches: Center Dylan Strome, right-wing Nicolas Aube-Kubel, and defenseman Alex Alexeyev

Injuries: Left-wing Carl Hagelin (hip), right-wing Connor Brown (ACL), and defenseman John Carlson (upper-body)

First Period

Flyers center Scott Laughton opened the scoring at the 13:36 mark on a man advantage, giving the visiting team a 1-0 lead.

Ovechkin (30) would tie the game up at 1-1 at the 17:56 mark, reaching the 30-goal mark for the 17th time in his 18-year career, tying Mike Gartner for the most 30-goal seasons in NHL history.

Quick Stats

SOG: 7-5 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 61% (Capitals), 39% (Flyers)

Hits: 14-13 Capitals

Second Period

Flyers’ left-wing James van Riemsdyk would give Philadelphia a 2-1 lead just 4:51 into the middle frame.

Right-wing Wade Allison extended the Flyers’ lead, 3-1, at the 5:40 mark.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 21-15 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 57% (Capitals), 43% (Flyers)

Total Hits: 28-22 Capitals

Third Period

The final frame would be scoreless.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 36-24 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 57% (Capitals), 43% (Flyers)

Total Hits: 32-31 Capitals

Notes Through the Game

  • Among players to begin a season at age 37 or older, Ovechkin required the fewest games in NHL history to reach 30 goals in a single campaign. Jean Beliveau (54 GP) required the second-fewest games to reach 30 goals in a single season (1968-69).
  • Ovechkin’s first-period goal marks his 400th career goal scored at home. He joins Wayne Gretzky (492), Gordie Howe (449), Jaromir Jagr (411), and Mike Gartner (401) as the only players in NHL history to score 400 home goals.

The Capitals clash next with the New York Islanders for the first time this season at USB Arena on Tuesday. NBC Sports Washington will have the coverage beginning at 7:30 PM ET.

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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12 Responses to Flyers Clip Capitals, 3-1; Alex Ovechkin Ties Mike Gartner For Most 30-Goal Seasons In NHL History

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well, what next? Cant wait for tomorrow.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      You can’t prove that Laviolette was out coached in the last two games, but I think you can say Torts knows how to stop the Caps. He gave the blueprint to the league a season or two ago as well.

      • Anonymous says:

        Laviolette out coaches himself

        • hockeydruid says:

          I wonder if Lav could coach his way of or a brown paper bag with 4 of the sides open. He makes changes for the sake of making a change and I honestly think he has not only no idea if they will work nor does he care because he is our of here on April 14, and that will be one of the best moves, although later, that this GM has made! Yes this team is currently in 4th place however they have a ton of games against the Metro teams and that will say a lot about the coaching of Lav.

      • James says:

        I was at the game. Capitals skated around and around and when they tried something, the Flyers were right there waiting. A couple of real outstanding saves by Hart – but the Caps were totally out coached IMO. Man, I hope the rest of the league wasn’t watching.

    • Anonymous says:

      Shuffle the lines.

  2. hockeydruid says:

    Not sure what Torts record against the Caps is but he always seems delighted when his team beats the Caps. I do think that he was outcoached by Torts. He needs to go back 3 games and just go with that lineup all the time. Its nice to have Nicky and Tom back however it is obvious that the timing between those 2 and the rest of the team is off. Mantha, who at the present time cant hit the side of the barn with a shot tied for second on shot attempts with 4. Time to work out a trade for him and Eller and very quietly tell Lav to play Strom and stop tinkering with what was working or pack his bags and head home for the rest of the season. Sad to say but honestly see no reason to keep him. Lucky for the Caps that not all the teams in the League have the personal that Philly does and their HC does not have a deep seeded hatred for the Caps. I will say that Torts did outcoach Lav in 2 games. Ill give him the first game but last night was squarely on Lav as he knew what Philly was going to do an he didnt change a thing, except lines which he has shown that although he is good at changing them they often dont work.. Finally since Wilson and Backy have come back is it my imagination or has the PP gotten worse?

  3. James says:

    It seems to me that Wilson is still hurting. A lot of uncomfortable stretching, I noticed.

    • hockeydruid says:

      From the surgery he had it usually takes a full 9-12 months to recover at 12months to get back to where he was before the surgery. He pushed it just to play and is still not totally healed. Yes he can play however it will not be at his past level until next year. Whoever had the bright idea to rush him back just so he could play for a team that might not make the playoffs should be fired.

      • James says:

        Agreed. He’s not helping right now.

        • novafyre says:

          What did people expect? I wanted them to do a Kuch and not come back until the playoffs. We all knew that they would not be 100% and might never be 100%. We knew that inserting them back into the roster during the regular season would mean moving productive players out and upsetting any chemistry that existed. But we all knew that Nicky and Tom were in charge of their own destinies. They would come back and play when they wanted to. No one would question them, no one would sit them. They were in charge. I think it is going to be the same with Carlson.

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