Sleepy? Flyers beat Caps 3-2

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The Capitals’ gauntlet of intra-division games continued on Sunday afternoon with a matinee meet-up with the Philadelphia Flyers. A combination of factors led to the extinguishing of Washington’s win streak, but at least Jason Chimera earned some good will.

Starting on the top line, Jay Beagle quickly squandered the opportunity with an offensive-zone penalty that Claude Girioux converted for a goal.  Wayne Simmonds made it 2-0 Flyers in the second period by knocking in a rebound.

Two-goal hole. Big trouble, but then the secondary scoring showed up. Tom Wilson nabbed a turnover forced by Michael Latta to get the Caps on the board, then Joel Ward knuckled a loose puck to tie it up before the second intermission.

The Flyers were buzzing late in the third and finally broke though when Michael Del Zotto ripped one through traffic and past Holtby to put the Flyers up late. The Caps had a late-game power play, but couldn’t come back. Bummer.

Flyers beat Caps 3-2.

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This is literally every picture of the Caps and Flyers

This is literally every picture ever of the Caps and Flyers.

As if back-to-back matinees weren’t enough, today’s game against the Flyers comes hot on the heels of one of the best games we’ve seen in quite a while. In fact, we just canNOT wait for today’s match-up, so let’s get right to it.

It might feel easy to write off the Flyers this season, but not so fast. They can still surprise, both for being amazing and, alternately amazingly bad, so you just never know which team is going to show up.

For a little insight into this Jekyll/Hyde team, we were lucky enough to chat with Collin Mehalick, editor over at the excellent Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey and all-around smarty-pants about all things Philly, about today’s game, and just what sort of squad we’ll be facing at the Wells Fargo Center.

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Caps at Flyers Pregame: Hockey Day in America

NHL 2015 - Feb 19 - BUF vs PHI - Right Wing Jakub Voracek (#93) of the Philadelphia Flyers scores against Goalie Michal Neuvirth (#34) of the Buffalo Sabres

Oh. Wow. You can score on Neuvirth and the Sabres. You must be very proud.

Let’s make this quick because I gotta shovel my sidewalk.

The Caps won yesterday for the fourth time in a row, their best run of the season. No time to celebrate though, because evil Bettman scheduled them for back-to-back nooners. I’d say “don’t worry, it’s just the Flyers” except just because they’re a bad team doesn’t mean they can’t play dirty stuff and get a little lucky too.

Tune in at 12:30 on NBC proper.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 33-17-10 51.8% 100.3 24.3% 81.4%
Philadelphia Flyers 25-23-11 49.6% 100.1 23.0% 75.9%

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Power Play Pathetic: Flyers beat Caps 3-1

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Photo: Monumental Network

The imposters dressed as the Washington Capitals did not play up to their kidnapping victims’ standards on Sunday afternoon. Hosting the vastly inferior Philadelphia Flyers (at least, inferior when compared to the real Capitals), the fake Capitals seemed stuck in the mud. Even with a ton of power-play opportunities, the Copita1s couldn’t win this one.

Mark Streit beat Braden Holtby with a deflection late in the first period to put the Flyers up. That lead held for most of the second period, until Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal with an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot.

Wayne Simmonds scored the game-winner for the Flyers with a great release (and bad coverage by Alzner) just four minutes into the third. Then Jakub Voracek got an empty netter. The Caps played like a butt.

Flyers beat Caps 3-1. Philadelphia phugly.

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NHL: Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers

Photo: E Hartline 

I could use this space to talk about how Caps-Flyers games tend to devolve into nastiness and how Washington hasn’t really beaten Philadelphia yet as soundly as they should.

Instead, I want to talk about Al Koken, whose 30 years covering the Caps for CSN (and HTS) will be celebrated today. Is there anyone outside the team who knows them better than Al? He’s an institution; his voice has been a part of my experience with the Caps since the beginning. Before that even: Koken covered the Caps in their inaugural eight-win season.

A lot has changed, including the name of the network he works for. Also we eradicated smallpox somewhere in there.

Sunday’s broadcast will find Al in all sorts of roles: he’ll do play-by-play for one period, analysis for another, and ice-level reporting for the third. Game starts at 3 PM on the station formerly known as Home Team Sports.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 28-15-10 52.5% 100.8 23.4% 80.9%
Philadelphia Flyers 22-22-8 48.5% 100.6 23.3% 75.0%

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So ends a very successful home stand for the Washington Capitals. Defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in #rego, the Caps earned their seventh consecutive win at Verizon Center. It was all but decided in the first three minutes, but we went ahead and did another 57 minutes for fun.

When Jason Chimera notched a goal just three minutes into the game, we thought we’d have a goal-scoring bonanza on our hands. Instead, we went the distance without another entry on the scoresheet. I think we can all agree that’s okay.

Caps beat Flyers 1-0! Braden Holtby records his fourth shutout of the year! 

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Caps vs Flyers Pregame: Can’t Stop Winning

The Caps can’t stop winning. I’ve seen them try to stop winning twice in the last week, but they lost at stopping winning, so they won instead.

Maybe they’ll stop winning at tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, but they’ll probably blow it again.

Puck drops at 8 PM, so get some dinner beforehand. Maybe some pasta primavera? Your call. I’m not the boss of you. Game’s on NBC Sportsnet (boooo!).

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 23-11-8 50.9% 100.8 24.0% 79.0%
Philadelphia Flyers 17-19-7 48.4% 100.3 23.3% 74.0%

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Kuzy’s face (Photo: Bruce Bennett)

Did we expect anything better from Capitals at Flyers? The road-weary Caps played bad hockey and still got a point, thanks to our friends in black and white stripes and our old buddy PDO. Lemme tell you ’bout it.

Things started off well enough when Alex Ovechkin notched a power-play goal off an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot. The Flyers tied it up with a casual goal by Sean Couturier against Green-Schmidt and the fourth line. Then nothing happened for a long time.

In the third, Karl Alzner sent a shot from the blue line that Nick Backstrom deflected in to restore Washington’s lead. It didn’t last. R.J. Umberger scored on a one-timer after Holtby failed to settle a bounce from behind, pushing this one to overtime.

Someone in orange scored during OT.

Bleep bloop doop. Whatever. In Overtime.

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Caps at Flyers Pregame: End of the Road (Trip)

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Photo: 365 days of april

Listen up, you ignorant lemmings! You think the Caps are good just because they’re on a 103-point pace and haven’t lost a game since the late 80s? Well, you gotta be better than good to beat the Philadelphia Flyers. You think, just ’cause they’re 24th in puck possession, the Capitals are gonna run roughshod over ’em?

Yeah, probably.

But the Caps are on the back half of a road back-to-back, and the Flyers are gonna do nasty stuff after the whistle, so really anything can happen.

7 PM on CSN. Crash the net.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 21-11-7 52.0% 100.2 23.1% 79.2%
Philadelphia Flyers 15-18-7 48.1% 101.7 22.0% 75.0%

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My friend Steven Frietas did some cool stuff at the preseason game against the Flyers the other night. By now you’ve already seen Amanda Bowen’s beautiful photos, but now please check out some of that same action in slow motion.

My favorite spot is Niskanen, without a stick, smushing R.J. Umberger (I think) into the glass.

Enjoy, and please follow Steven on the Twitters; he’s hilarious.

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