Flyers right the ship against the Caps on Super Sunday, 7-4. Two teams riding three-game losing streaks met up on Sunday afternoon. A team struggling to find their identity, the Philadelphia Flyers (7-3-2) took on the Washington Ovechkin’s (6-3-3).
Washington jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead started by Tom Wilson setting up Ovechkin 2g,2a on the man advantage with just over eight minutes played. Five minutes later it was Ovechkin being playmaker on a play you will see a hundred times on highlight reels.
Ovechkin passed the puck between his legs, dance around a Flyer defenseman, and hit Wilson (1 g, 3a) for a slam dunk goal. Washington seemed to be on their way. With 1:27 to play, Joel Farabee (3a) and Erik Gustafsson (1a) set up Scott Laughton for his first of three on the day. The first ended with Philly on the short end of a 2–1 score.
Farabee was just warming up and teamed with JVR, once again, set up Laughton. The contest turned into a heavyweight battle with both squads exchanging goals. Wilson and Backstrom found Ovechkin again before the visitors got lamp lighters from Robert Hagg(1g) who registered his first of the season and James Van Riemsdyk (1g,1) who kept his point scoring streak alive at 7.
The goal chased Vitek Vanek and Craig Anderson came out of the bullpen. Nick Backstrom (1g, 2a) stopped the Flyers run and closed the second with the warriors knotted at 4-4. The ability to finish strong has been an issue for the Orange and Black but, the issue was settled, at least for this game.
The Flyers has a strong dominating final period. Couturier, in his first game back since January 15, took center stage. Just :31 seconds in, he registered what would be the game-winner when he converted setups from Justin Braun (2a) and Michael Raffl (2a).
Farabee and Raffl worked hard and set up the first career hat trick for Laughton with 2:09 to play. Braun and Ivan Provorov (1a) gifted Couturier for a clinching empty-net goal.
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Travis Sanheim was scratched due to injury to make room for Couturier. Once again, shots on goal were problematic as Washington fired 37 at Carter Hart. The Washington duo only had 23 to contend against. Kevin Hayes led the Flyboys with 3 while Ovechkin posted 4.
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