Photo: Rob Carr
The Washington Capitals wrapped up a weekend of early games by taking on the Philadelphia Flyers at noon on–
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— my grandmother riding by on a bicycle giving me the finger, and a duck!
The Caps and Flyers are a resurgent rivalry that rarely leaves us lacking drama. This was no exception.
Dmitry Orlov capped off some great zone time by putting a one-timer past Steve Mason. Claude Giroux tied it up with an in-and-out goal that took 90 seconds of game time before the refs figured it out. Marcus Johansson got in the paint to deflect in Jason Chimera’s pass as a power play expired. Nick Backstrom won a scramble with Steve Mason, but the war room in Toronto didn’t have enough evidence to overturn the no-goal call.
Alex Ovechkin abandoned the puck behind the net during a power play, allowing Adam Hall to tie the game with a shorty, but no worries: Jay Beagle got a pass off Joel Ward to score from exactly zero feet out. Dmitry Orlov got his second goal with a nice little mudskipper of a shot from the blue line and through some traffic up front.
Jakub Voracek scored on a screened Holtby during Orlov’s five-minute major penalty and then set up Giroux for the game-tying goal with just over a minute left.
Vincent Lecavalier won it in overtime.
Flyers beat Caps 5-4.
(There was a Bailamos here, but I removed it.)
In addition to woefully mismanaging their goalies, the Flyers are also known for playing scumbag hockey. With both Zac Rinaldo and Steve Downie in their ranks, they’ve elevated dirtbaggery to an art form. For example, Downie either tripped or slewfooted Ovechkin in the first, then sent Erskine to get stitches in the second with a high stick into the boards. Ersk demanded satisfaction in the third period, roughing up Downie during Orlov’s five-minute major.
The Capitals should be ashamed. They had the rego win, and they wasted it. Once again, they blow a multi-goal lead. Instead of seizing a playoff spot, the Caps remain on the bubble.
This is a crisis. There should be a war room meeting somewhere. The Caps need to hire Olivia Pope & Associates. Blowing leads is dooming this team. Today it ended their winning streak and cost them a playoff spot. The team just plays wrong. I’ll put the Fenwick timeline in the comments and you can go, “Oh yeah. That’s the exact moment they went into a shell and completely undid all the good work they did in the first 40 minutes.”
Ugh. This team is capable of being so much better, and it’s just dumb stuff– easily solvable stuff– costing them wins.
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