Flyers Let Early Lead Slip Away, Lose to Capitals

Friday night in Washington D.C. saw the Capitals hosting the Flyers, in a matchup of teams fighting for playoff positioning in a very tight Eastern Conference. Coming off their 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, the Flyers were hoping to get a win. They also were trying to create more space between themselves and the host Capitals in the battle for third place in the Metropolitan Division. Washington came into the game looking to get back on track after being stunned by the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday by a final of 8-3. A win for Philadelphia is basically a four-point swing between the two sides in the standings. With the stage set for a late-season divisional battle with some heavy implications. The puck was dropped in the nation’s capital.

Pretty Start

The first period started the way Philadelphia needed it to. An early goal from Bobby Brink gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead. The period would remain all Flyers, as Owen Tippett would bookend another strong start by giving Philadelphia a 2-0 lead to end the opening frame. Washington went to the locker room at the intermission, needing to make some serious adjustments in this game to keep their playoff hopes alive. Philadelphia would need to maintain this play to get two necessary points and maintain their third-place spot in the division.

The Capitals would come alive in the second period of play, scoring three goals. Alex Ovechkin would score early in the period to cut Philadelphia’s lead in half. The goal is his 17th of the season and career goal number 839. The 2001 first-overall pick has spent his entire career with the Washington Capitals and currently sits second all-time in goals scored in league history. He would also set up John Carlson for the go-ahead goal. Washington would go on to score a total of five straight goals to dump Philadelphia by a final of 5-2.

Ugly Ending

Capitals goalie Charlie Lindgren followed up a game where he allowed eight goals to Detroit on 31 shots, to having a very solid performance against Philadelphia where he made 21 saves on 23 shots. Sam Ersson, on the other hand, had a rough game after his performance against Tampa Bay on Tuesday. He surrendered all five goals on 21 shots in the contest, leaving Philadelphia barely hanging on to that third position in the Metropolitan Division. Philadelphia welcomes the Ottawa Senators on Saturday at 7 pm.

Austin Hamell
Austin Hamell

Austin is the host of The Attacking Third (Tuesday nights at 9 pm). His passion for soccer started in the early 2000s because of his brother and father’s influence. He is a dedicated fan of all Philly sports and also is a fan of gaming.

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