Photo: Patrick Smith
Alex Ovechkin didn’t get his record, but the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers, which isn’t bad for a consolation prize I suppose.
Jay Beagle whiffed on a clearing attempt, which led to Scott Laughton’s goal for the Flyers. The Caps struck back with a maddeningly pretty pass from Kuznetsov to Oshie.
In the second period, the Flyers finally converted on their 76th power play, and then the Caps, namely Jason Chimera, scored on their very first power play. Justin Williams notched his third goal of the season with the third line to give the Capitals their first lead of the night. Matt Niskanen’s power-play marker, tapped by Jason Chimera (again?!), extended that lead to two. (Before the period was up, Alex Ovechkin sorta scored that record-breaking goal for the second time, but nope nope nope, the NHL is stupid.)
Tom Wilson forced a turnover to set up Nick Backstrom’s gutshot goal in the third period, thereby making this a bailamos game. Ovi didn’t get his goal, but the Caps got the win.
Caps beat Flyers 5-2. Let’s dance.