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Flyers Mesz Up Caps With 3-2 OT Win

The Philadelphia Flyers organization started their evening at the Wells Fargo Center with a press conference announcing a new three year contract extension with general manager Paul Holmgren.

Holmgren's contract will run through the 2014 season and totals 4.5 million dollars. He has been a pretty good GM and has had to make some tough decisions right from the get go when he had to buy out veteran's contracts and part ways with John LeClair and others to get ready for the cap.

He fired John Stevens early into the season last year and brought in Peter Laviolette. He has his stamp on this team and orange and black is in his veins, he is a true Flyer.

The Flyers started off quickly,just 1:31 into the first, Jeff Carter was by himself as he entered the Caps defensive zone. He swooped down the right wing using his size and speed to fend off the caps defenders who out numbered him 4-1.

Carter decided to hold onto the puck longer than usual, surprisingly did not shoot and continued to carry the puck around the net where he stuffed the puck off a Cap defender, off Neuvirth,nothing but net for the 1-0 Flyers lead.

Just a minute fourteen seconds after the Flyers scored Jody Shelley and DJ King dropped the gloves and fought to a draw. The Flyers would get the only power play opportunity in the first mustering up one shot on goal by JVR.

The Flyers and Caps had many scoring chances in the first but the Flyers lead in shots on goal 8-6 after one. There were some anxious moments in this period when Bobrovsky decided he was going to do his worst Hextall impersonation when he almost turned the puck over multiple times while trying to clear the puck.

The second period started off with a change in goal for the Caps as Neuvirth injured his groin in the first. The Flyers would waste no time as Varlamov had to make a sprawling save in the first minute of play.

This period was much different than the first as the action was much slower. The Flyers did manage to get on the board when they kept the puck in the Caps zone by cycling down low, then Jeff Carter found Giroux in the slot who rammed it home and give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.

Shortly after Bobrovsky would have make a nice Post to Post save on Chimera with 3:19 left in the period to keep that two goal lead. The Flyers would hold the lead going into the intermission. Shots on goal would be the same as the first, 8-6 Flyers.

The third period started with the Caps applying pressure right away when Backstrom hit the post in the first minute of play. The Caps changed their game plan this period and it seemed to work as they managed to capitalize on a Ville Leino turnover 7:58 seconds into the third.

Johansson took a shot hit Bob in the shoulder, hit the post and Mike Knuble slammed the rebound in to cut the score to 2-1. Then just 40 seconds later the Caps would again take advantage of another Flyer's turnover when Ovechkin batted the puck past Bobrovsky, the goal was reviewed.

It was hard to see if he had touched the puck with his stick after it left his hand but it was ruled a goal. From the replays they showed on tv it did not look like he touched the puck with his stick before it entered the net.

The Flyers and Caps would trade punches down the stretch with the Flyers landing more in the last minute. They would not be able to score on Varlamov sending these teams to Overtime for the third time this season. The Flyers and Capitals would take 12 shots a piece in this period.

In the overtime Claude Giroux would make a nice move on a dangle and was stoned by Varlamov. Shortly after Matt Carle would gain the zone and pass back to Meszaros who would snap a shot past Varlamov to pick up the 3-2 OT win.

It was his seventh career game winning goal. Overall the Flyers played a pretty solid game, look for the momentum changing plays to be non existent when Pronger enters this line up.He is a steadying force out there for the Flyers and an intimidating force for the opposition.

Bobrovsky played a good game making many good saves while controlling his rebounds very well. The line of Richards,Zherdev and Nodl played a good game and looked to be on top of their skates for most of the game.

The Flyers next game is on Thursday at home versus the Ottawa Senators at 7 pm EST. As the late great Hall of Fame announcer Gene Hart said after every game "Goodnight and Good Hockey".

Standout Players

1. Meszaros
2. Giroux
3. Jeff Carter