Flyers Blow Three-Goal Lead in Third; Lose In Shootout to Caps
There have been a few rock-bottom moments for the Flyers this season.
Chalk Sunday afternoon as another one of those moments.
The Flyers spoiled a six-point effort from its top line, including a three-point game for Michael Raffl. Not only did they allow Washington to force overtime and get a point in the division, they surrendered the second point, losing 5-4 in a shootout to Washington.
The shootout loss dropped the Flyers to 1-3 in shootouts.
Steve Mason, who has been pretty good this season, gets a portion of the blame in this loss along with the Flyers latest atrocious defensive effort. He coughed up three goals in the remaining nine minutes as well as look bad in the shootout.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice for the Capitals. His first goal came 11 minutes, 17 seconds into the game to give Washington a 1-0 lead.
The Flyers tied the game up on Claude Giroux's goal in the final minute of the first. Raffl set up Giroux with a no-look pass that found Giroux's stick before the captain beat Philipp Grubauer.
The Flyers took the lead in the second on Mark Streit's second of the season as well as his 300th career point. Getting the helper once again was Raffl.
The Flyers expanded on their lead in the third to take a 4-1 lead. 2:18 and 3:32 in, Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek scored respectively with Raffl getting his third assist of the game on Voracek's goal.
It was looking like a Flyers win was in sight but it slipped through their fingers.
Mike Green cut the lead in half 4-2 with 8:40 left in the game. With 3:31 remaining, Dmitry Orlov pulled Washington to within one.
Then with 48 seconds left in the game Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game and 28th of the season to tie it up, 4-4, and to force overtime. After a scoreless overtime period, the game went to a shootout.
Both Eric Fehr and Nicklas Backstrom scored goals for the Caps, and only Giroux could beat Grubauer as Washington stole the second point.
The Flyers top line was impressive. Raffl had three assists, Giroux had a goal and assist and Voracek had a goal. Voracek's goal extended his point streak to four games (three goals, two assists).