Giroux, Hartnell Lead Flyers to Impressive 4-1 Win Over Caps
The Flyers played that 60-minute game Scott Hartnell was talking about on Monday.
The Flyers jumped on Washington early and often, capitalizing on a tired Caps team. Hartnell and Claude Giroux each tallied two points, leading Philadelphia to a 4-1 win over Washington Wednesday night in Philly.
The Flyers were all over Capitals goalie Braden Holtby this game from the very first shift.
Hartnell stole the puck from Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner on the red line and fed Giroux with a nice pass from his knees. Giroux slammed it into the empty net and put the Flyers up 1-0 just 23 seconds into the game.
Less than four minutes later, the Flyers power play kept their hot streak going and gave the Flyers some early distance.
Giroux set up Hartnell with his patented spinning one-timer from the right circle. Holtby made the initial save but Wayne Simmonds back-handed the rebound through Holtby's legs to make it a 2-0 game.
The second period didn't offer better results for Holtby, who was eventually pulled.
The power play continued to play well and Simon Gagne notched his first goal of the season in his first game back with the Flyers.
While on their second power play chance, Danny Briere's shot rebounded off Holtby right to Brayden Schenn's stick. Schenn flipped the pass over to Gagne who shot it into the open net to give the Flyers a 3-0 lead.
The Flyers finished the night 2-for-3 on the power play, improving their percentage to 21.9% on the season.
Gagne wasn't the only person to score his first goal of the season. With 5:05 left in the second, Max Talbot blasted a slap shot past Holtby to make it a 4-0 game, ending the night for Holtby.
Holtby gave way to rookie goalie Philip Grubauer, who was called up today before the game. Grubauer stopped all 14 shots he faced in the last 25 minutes, cementing a pretty good NHL debut.
Washington ended Ilya Bryzgalov's shutout bid late in the third period. With 2:04 left, Joel Ward tapped home a rebound after Bryzgalov failed to cover the puck to cut the lead to 4-1.
The goal aside, Bryzgalov still played a good game. He showed up despite not being tested often. But when he was tested, he made some big stops, totaling 23 saves for his 10th win of the season.
Despite all of the early offense, Jakub Voracek's six-game point streak was snapped tonight. Giroux extended his point streak to six games with his two points.
GUSTAFSSON HURT -- Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson left the game in the second period after suffering a lower body injury.
About seven minutes into the period, Gustafsson blocked a shot by Capitals winger Eric Fehr.
More information to follow after the game.