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.