Caps beat Flyers 3-2: Superb on Super Bowl Sunday

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday! Before you eat a bunch of super unhealthy food and then lose all productivity at the office on Monday, let’s rap about the Caps win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Caps looked sluggish in the first, giving the Flyers an early lead when MDZ knifed a redirected slapshot. The Caps rallied in the second, scoring twice on consecutive shots, the first knifed by Alex Ovechkin and the second knifed by Dmitry Orlov.

Carrying a lead into the third period, the Caps promptly surrendered it as Nick Schultz knifed a goal after a Caps icing. No matter: Matt Niskanen wrested back the lead by driving between the Philadelphia and knifing a gorgeous goal single-handed.

Caps beat Flyers 3-2!

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The Capitals first game in eight days ended with a deflating 4-3 overtime loss to the FlyersAndre Burakovsky opened the Caps’ scoring and also forced overtime after roofing home a beautiful pass from a dabbing Evgeny Kuznetsov. Jakub Voracek won the game for the Flyers 38 seconds into overtime.

Caps’ first-line center Nicklas Backstrom also scored.

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Swedes on Swedes on Swedes: Flyers beat Caps 4-3 (OT)

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Tom Wilson returns to his natural habitat.

Hockey back! Wee! Bye snow. Hi hockey! Stick and puck and Ovi and yay! Flyers bad, boo Flyers. But yay hockey! Caps goalie and old Caps goalie say grrr. Bad hockey but also good hockey. IKEA people score hockey goals two times plus one. Boo Flyers, but yay hockey back!

It seems I have forgotten how to write hockey. Maybe my fingers would remember their old strength better …if they recapped the goals.

Well, the Flyers owned the first period, scoring twice on the sticks of Brayden Schenn and Ryan White, but the Capitals woke up in the second period, erasing Philadelphia’s lead in a blink thanks to goals by Swedes Andre Burakovsky and Nick Backstrom. Jakub Voracek restored the Flyers leads before the third, but Kuznetsov fed Burakovsky to knot it again. Without a winner in rego, we went to overtime, where Voracek felled Holtby with a tricky release.

Flyers beat Caps. Washington’s home streak snapped at like 1329581635 consecutive wins. Oh well, got a point anyway.

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Caps vs Flyers Pregame: What Is A Hockey?

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Some sort of sporting event will be played at the Verizon Center tonight. Sources say the sporting event will be a game called hockey. Details are scarce at this time, but hockey is reportedly a game that was popular among humans in Washington DC prior to the great blizzard of 2016. We couldn’t get confirmation, but social media says this game is played on ice and often dominated by a team from DC that wears red.

If we’ve piqued your interest with this whole “hockey” thing, turn your television dial to the NBC Sports Network at 8 PM to see what it’s all about.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 35-8-3 52% 102.1 27.1% 84.8%
Philadelphia Flyers 20-18-8 49% 100.4 17.4% 77.7%

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GIF Recap: Kuznetstov and Chimera Lead Caps Over Flyers

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Jason Chimera scored twice to help the Capitals beat the Flyers 5-2 on Thursday night. TJ Oshie, Justin Williams and Nicklas Backstrom completed the scoring as Alex Ovechkin once again had a goal disallowed to delay him becoming the highest scoring Russian in the NHL.

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Ovi Can’t Score, Chimera Gets Two: Cap beat Flyers 5-2

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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.

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Caps at Flyers Pregame: Gettin’ Schmidty Wit’ It

It’s a dreary Thursday afternoon, but your hearts should be singing. The Schmidtuation: Nate Schmidt is penciled in to play with John Carlson tonight on the TOP FREAKING PAIR while Brooks Orpik is listed as a game-time decision.

Here’s to a speedy recovery for Brooks. Being excited about the Schmidtuation is not the same as celebrating an injury.

The Flyers are off to an uneven start under new head coach Dave Hakstol. Somehow, Jacub Voracek doesn’t have a goal yet, so cross all your fingers and toes whenever he touches the puck tonight. He’s due to score in bunches once the drought is over.

The game starts at 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 10-4-0 54.5% 99.9 20.5% 85%
Philadelphia Flyers 5-7-3 47.1% 100 13.6% 78.9%

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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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