Flyers 6, Capitals 3: Philadelphia picks up crucial victory against Washington

Updated: March 18, 2018 at 8:04 pm by John Gove

The Philadelphia Flyers went into Sunday evening’s contest looking to add another victory to their record. Unfortunately, they would have to do so against the division-leading Washington Capitals. With the season dying down to its final day, every game counts and the Flyers could not afford to walk out of Sunday’s game with anything but two points.

First Period

The opening period moved along, and although it was action-packed, neither team managed to find the back of the net. Both Philadelphia and Washington had their opportunities. However, Petr Mrazek and Philipp Grubauer had an answer for everything thrown their way. The Flyers had a slight advantage in the shot category as well as power play time. Unfortunately, it translated into nothing noteworthy, and the teams entered the locker room after twenty minutes of play stuck in a scoreless game.

Second Period

Luckily, we would not need to go deep into the middle period to put an end to the scorelessness of the contest. During some four-on-four play, captain Claude Giroux would win a faceoff in the offensive zone. The puck went directly to Shayne Gostisbehere, and he ripped a shot that found twine for 12th goal of the season, giving the orange and black a 1-0 lead 2:15 into the period.

The period moved along, and it appeared as though Gostisbehere’s tally would be the only one of the middle-twenty. However, the Capitals evened the score back up just over 15 minutes into the second off of a deflection from Alex Ovechkin, his 43rd of the year.

As the period ticked down to under two minutes, Philadelphia would receive a go-ahead goal from a player who has been due for a goal for quite some time. Oskar Lindblom tallied his first NHL goal to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Lindblom has played great since joining the orange and black, and it was a delightful sight to see him find the back of the net.

The Flyers were not satisfied enough going into the intermission with a one-goal lead, so Ivan Provorov made it 3-1 with 19 seconds left in the period. Provorov’s tally was his 13th of the season. As the final horn of the second period sounded, Philadelphia had all of the momentum.

Third Period

Philadelphia wasted no time in taking control of the game once the final period got underway. Wayne Simmonds found the back of the net 1:37 into the third, giving him 22 goals on the year and the Flyers a 4-1 lead over the Capitals.

No lead is safe in the National Hockey League. Although the Flyers had given themselves a three-goal cushion, everyone knew this contest was far from over. Washington began their crawl out of the hole 10:31 when Chandler Stephenson recorded his sixth goal of the season, cutting the lead to two.

Much to the pleasure of everybody present at the Wells Fargo Center, the Flyers would respond later on in the third. Simmonds capitalized off a foolish turnover by the Caps to record his second tally of the game and re-establish a three-goal advantage for the Flyers.

The Capital would just not go away, however. John Carlson would cut the Flyers lead back down to two with his 14th goal of the season. As the final minutes of the game came to fruition, it was clear that fatigue was starting to set in for the boys of Broad Street. Back-to-back contests are never easy, and it was beginning to take its toll on the team.

The orange and black would hold on as Jakub Voracek put in the empty netter. The Flyers would leave their home-ice with a 6-3 victory, their second-straight win.

Final Thoughts

As was mentioned before, every game at this point in the season has a postseason feel to it. Every single one should be viewed as a much win. The Flyers came into this matchup and did exactly what they needed to against the top team in the Metropolitan Division.

Philadelphia is no longer in a spot where the postseason appears to be a guarantee. For that reason, every point is precious. Taking out a superior franchise makes the victory that much sweeter.

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