Flyers fall to Capitals 4-2
Alex Ovechkin scored his 17th goal in 18 career games against the Flyers and the Washington Capitals battled back from a 0-2 deficit to defeat Philadelphia 4-2 Wednesday night in the Nation's Capital.
After 20 mintues of play and the score locked at 0-0, the Flyers came out in the second period flying, Scott Hartnell scored a power-play goal just over three minutes in off of a beautiful play by Mike Richards on the power-play rush.
The line of Hartnell-Richards-Giroux really clicked and looked to be on the same page for much of the night.
Braydon Coburn gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead just over 14 minutes in on another power-play goal. Coburn ripped a one-timer from defensive partner Kimmo Timonen high above Washington goaltender Jose Theodore.
Theodore made 41 saves and kept the Capitals in the game. This was the Flyers game - a statement game. The Flyers came out fast, strong and hunted the puck. It was definitely a good site to see - but as hockey fans know, a two goal lead is the worst lead in hockey.
And the Flyers showed why Wednesday night.
Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom potted goals just under two minutes apart and before the Flyers could blink - the game was dead-locked at two - and the Verizon Center was absolutely rockin'.
The two Caps' goals came minutes after the Flyers killed a 5-on-3 penalty for over 1:30 minutes. Usually momentum would go to the Flyers, but momentum is a funny thing.
Alexander Semin broke the tie just over five minutes into the third period with a laser above Ray Emery's right shoulder to give the Caps the lead, scoring their third goal (third unnanswered).
Why head coach John Stevens didn't use any of his timeouts, I don't know. Why the Flyers have such a knack for blowing leads and games, I don't know. What I do know, is the Flyers need someone to light a fire under their be-hinds. Stevens does not get this Philadelphia team ready to play and they, like their head coach, show no intensity or purpose.
Flyers' forward Darroll Powe was stopped by Jose Theodore on a penalty shot, just minutes after the Semin-wicked-wrister, for a chance to tie the game up at 3-3.
Alex Ovechkin scored an open-netter with under a minute to play and the Flyers served up one that they obvsioulsy should of had. Two-goal lead on the road must turn into a win.
Emery stopped 32-of-35 shots in the loss.
NOTES: Entering Wednesday's game, the Flyers were 5-1-1 when scoring the first goal of the game; Timonen was minus-3 and is now minus-10 on the year; Coburn recorded his first goal of the game (still looks like he's skating in mud); Backstrom recorded four points on the night; Also, coach Stevens said the team WILL NOT have an off day tomorrow and will practice - he recently promised the team an off-day tomorrow (10/28).