The Flyers head down to Washington DC, to finish off a home-and-away mini-series with the Capitals. Things did not work out in the Capital’s favor in front of their home crowd because the Flyers were causing havoc in the offensive zone. Zach MacZwen drew a penalty. Tony DeAngelo is set up near the blue line, takes a shot, and gets redirected by Scott Laughton. Shades of Wednesday night’s game. Power play goal by Scott Laughton. That makes Scott Laughton 5th power-play goal of the season.
Taking Down the Capitals
Then the defense looked clogged and sloppy. Alex Ovechkin took advantage of it, going top shelf on Carter Hart. That marks Alex Ovechkin’s 30th goal of the season.
The Flyers answer right back with Owen Tippet putting the Capital’s defense on their heels. He took the two-on-one, passed the puck to JVR between the two defenders, and got a wide-open look, cashing the goal. Little later in the second period, Kevin Hayes goes for a wrap-around pass to Scott Laughton. Instead, the puck goes to Wade Allison, and he hits the back of the with a wrist shot making it 3-1, Philly.
However, the top story of the match-up is Carter Hart. Who all of a sudden, New year, new goalie. With a sloppy defense, Carter Hart stopped 39 out of 40 shots. He stood on his head. Could it be a young Sam Errson breathing down his neck for the starting Goaltender job? I strongly believe so. But that’s fine. All that matter is Hart is playing lights out right now. The Philadlephia Flyers finish off a home-and-away mini-series with the Capitals.
Travis Konecny’s 10-game point streak ended, but the Flyers saw production from Scott Laughton, James van Riemsdyk, and Wade Allison as they found the back of the net. Laughton, Tony DeAngelo, Joel Farabee, Owen Tippett, Morgan Frost, and Kevin Hayes all tallied an assist.
The Flyers (18-18-7) are 7-1-0 since the NHL-mandated holiday break, a stretch in which they’ve scored 4.00 goals per game and have yielded just 2.25. Their .875 points percentage is the best in hockey over that span. The Flyers went 2-1-1 against the Capitals (23-16-6) this season. Prior to these two straight losses to the Flyers, Washington was 13-2-2 over its past 17 games.
Pat Bernard has 4 years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and 4 years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a 5 for 5 Philly sports fan.
Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony bridge) out of Ambler.