Flyers come up short, 5-3. The usual issues plagued the Philadelphia Flyers (13-8-3) as they drop another winnable game to the red hot Washington Capitals (16-6-4).
The defense was, once again suspect in this one. Breakdowns are proving to be very costly and this night was no exception.
Alex Ovechkin picked off an errant clearing pass and blasted a shot behind Brian Elliott. Kevin Hayes set up Travis Konecny with an absolutely gorgeous backhand pass to get things even at 1-1. Conor Sheary on a partial breakaway somehow got the puck between Brian Elliott’s pads and it would slither in to give the Caps a 2-1 advantage.
On to second and more of the same. John Carlson, a guy that team needs to be aware of whenever he is on the ice was, somehow left alone and beat Elliott for his 500th career point. Ned Dowd would make it 4-1 with a bizarre goal. His shot deflected off the skate of Shayne Gostibehere and over the shoulder of Elliott.
The Flyers, if nothing else, showed they have no quit and capitalized, no pun intended, and with markers from Ivan Provorov converting a pretty Couturier pass and Scott Laughton, made it white knuckle time with just over nine minutes to play. The aforementioned Ned Dowd, fired a 185’ shot into the vacant Flyers net to send Philadelphia to its 4th defeat in the last 6 games.
“I scored my first goal without taking a shot and scored my second goal from the other end,” Dowd said. “So, yeah, I think that was probably definitely my longest goal.”
The win gives Washington three straight and seven of their last eight. Flyers come up short, again.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.