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Capitals Dig Deep to Beat the Flyers in Washington

The Capitals were supposed to be the tired team coming into tonight.

Instead they were the aggressor in Friday night's match in Washington. They seemed to have the extra step on the Flyers throughout the game, winning 3-2.

A wild third period broke the game's stalemate.

Troy Brouwer scored an important goal early in the third period. Ilya Bryzgalov dropped to the butterfly too early and Brouwer beat him over his right shoulder to make it 2-1, Washington.

But it was Luke Schenn's big mistake three minutes later that gave Washington it's decisive third goal of the game. Wojtek Wolski stole the puck from Schenn at the Flyers blue line and skated in uncontested on Bryzgalov to beat him with the back-hand, making it 3-1.

The Flyers were able to cut the lead in half less than four minutes later. With the powerplay just ending, Matt Read's shot clanked off the post and Brayden Schenn buried to make it a 3-2 game with 9:30 left in the game.

But the Flyers couldn't get the tying goal. In fact, they barely got any scoring chances after that. With every attempt they made, Washington was all over the Flyers.

The extra burst of energy for the Capitals came as a result of two things: the hunger for a second win and the stellar play of Braden Holtby in net.

Holtby stopped 29 shots for his first win of the year. In his two other starts this season Holtby allowed a combined 10 goals.

Holtby was excellent in the first period. Along with Bryzgalov, they staved off constant attacks throughout the period stopping 11 shots each.

The Flyers got to Holtby first. In the second period, Bruno Gervais banged home the rebound on a wide open net that was created by Danny Briere to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. It was Briere's first point of the season.

The Capitals answered towards the end of the period. Nicklas Backstrom received an outlet pass off a bad Sean Couturier turnover at the other end and skated in uncontested to beat Bryzgalov on the back-hand.

The tie was broken in the third period on Brouwer's goal and Wolski's steal and score proved to be the important third goal that led Washington to their second win of the season.

The Flyers will head home for a four-game stint. They came off their four-game road trip with a 1-3-0 record.