Just two days after another terrible third-period collapse that led to an eventual overtime loss, the Philadelphia Flyers faced the Washington Capitals again, this time in Philadelphia. Tonight's game was a different story, as they went into the third period with a two goal lead and did not blow it. Steve Mason was much more solid tonight, stopping 24 of 26 shots as the Flyers jumped on Brayden Holtby for 5 goals, en route to a 5-2 win.
The two teams skated to a very even and rather uneventful first period. No goals were scored, and the only penalties came in the final 5 minutes of the period. However, it seemed like the teams got more and more physical towards the end of the first, as both teams came out with some jump for the second period. In fact, just 40 seconds into the second period, Alex Ovechkin picked up his 28th goal of the season, on a play where Steve Mason was unable to control the puck – something he is normally very good at. However, less than a minute later, Jakub Voracek wristed a puck past Holtby to tie the game up.
But about four minutes later, Eric Fehr beat Steve Mason to give the Capitals the lead back. Yet again, the Flyers would battle back to tie it up, as Matt Read picked up a rebound given up by Holtby and put it in the back of the net, knotting things up once again. At this point, neither team seemed to have any major advantage in the momentum department. Everything seemed to change with 5 minutes to go in the period.
The pace of the game at this point had really picked up, and things were becoming rather intense. The intensity got the best of the Capitals' Tom Wilson, who rammed Brayden Schenn awkwardly into the boards. Wilson picked up a five minute major and a game misconduct, which gave the Flyers five minutes on the man advantage. Last Thursday in the Montreal game, they were unable to convert once during a five minute power play that they had. Tonight was a different story – they made the Capitals pay twice, which completely changed the complexity of the game.
About two minutes into the power play, Mark Streit blasted a shot from the point that zoomed past Holtby to put the Flyers back on top. Just over a minute later, Jakub Voracek snuck a shot right between Holtby's pad and the right post to suddenly give the Flyers a two-goal lead. The two quick goals as a result of the man-advantage were the difference in tonight's game.
In the third period, Wayne Simmonds added his sixth of the year – a bit of insurance to close out a solid win for the Flyers. They split the home-and-home with the Capitals, and keep pace in the Metropolitan Division. After 34 games, they are a .500 team – 15-15-4, and move temporarily in front of the New York Rangers by a point. They'll begin another home-and-home on Thursday as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets before traveling to Ohio to play them again this weekend.
Washington – 0:40: Alex Ovechkin (28), Assisted by Nicklas Backstrom (29) and Marcus Johansson (20)
Washington – 5:31: Eric Fehr (5), Assisted by Troy Brouwer (6) and Martin Erat (10)
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