The Flyers Capitalize in Shootout Over Washington.

The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Washington Capitals in a shootout, 4-3. It all went down at the Wells Fargo Center last night. The Flyers extended their point streak to seven straight games. This was a battle for the orange-and-black attack. They fought back from a 2-1 and 3-2 deficit in regulation. The bonus point came in the shootout. The Flyers capitalize in a shootout over Washington.

With Carter Hart unavailable to play due to illness, the Flyers recalled Felix Sandström from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on an emergency basis to back up Ersson.

Scoring Throughout the Night

Bobby Brink continues to win the hearts of Flyers fans. He scored in regulation for the Flyers before scoring the winning goal in the bottom of the third round in the shootout. Joel Farabee and Owen Tippett added their own goals in the third period. Morgan Frost had two assists in the game. Sean Couturier successfully converted his first-round shootout attempt into a goal. 

The Capitals, Connor McMichael, Tom Wilson, and Dylan Strome scored in regulation. TJ Oshie netted the Capitals’ lone goal of the shootout. It was just not enough for Washington to overcome Philadelphia.

How It All Went Down

Coming off a week-long road trip, the Flyers came out flat early in the game and struggled with Washington’s defenses. A relatively uneventful first period was scoreless.  The Flyers took a 1-0 lead at 2:14 of the second period. Morgan Frost passed back to Marc Staal at the left point. Brink tipped the puck and then scored on the rebound. It was his 5th on the season. The assists went to Staal and Frost.

Just 46 seconds later, at the 3:00 mark, the Capitals tied the score at 1-1. McMichael got open near the net and took advantage of the low slot. Assists from Aliaksei Protas and Anthony Mantha. Washington was not down yet. They took a 2-1 lead with a power play goal at 15:28 of the second period. Tom Wilson scored from near the left post.

The Flyers evened the score at 5:25 of the third period as Farabee scored on a wraparound. It was his 11th on the season. Ryan Poehling with the assist.

The Capitals scored a puck-luck goal in the third period. Protas broke his stick on a shot attempt from the deep slot and the puck turned into a “pass” to Strome. The assist went to Wilson. The Flyers knotted it at 3-3 at 17:01 of the third period as Owen Tippett scored on a seeing-eye shot high in the Washington zone. Frost earned the lone assist.

Overtime

Sean Couturier used a quick shot release to surprise Capitals goalie Lindgren to score. Oshie is one of the NHL’s all-time best shootout performers. He faked out Ersson, moved around the goalie, and tucked the puck into the open side of the net. It was 1-1 in the first round. In the 2nd round, Foerster and Strome were stopped.

Bobby Brink went around Lindgren’s diving stick check attempt and tapped the puck into a half-open net. That would be what the Flyers needed to win. Mantha could not get Ersson to commit and shot the puck wide of the right post to end the game. 

Between the Pipes

Samuel Ersson got the start in goal for the Flyers. He stopped 27 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime and then went 2-for-3 in the shootout. For the Caps, Charlie Lindgren stopped 29 of 32 shots in regulation and overtime. The Washington goalie was 1-for-3 in the shootout.

The Flyers went 0-for-5 on the power play, including a two-man advantage late in the second period. The Capitals were 1-for-3.

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Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.

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