Round 1, Game 6 Live Blog: Caps at Flyers

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The Caps are back in Philadelphia and on this lovely Sunday afternoon we’ll see if they can cash in on their 3rd opportunity to eliminate the Flyers and move on to the 2nd round to face the Pittsburgh Penguins. The effort the Caps put out on Friday was phenomenal and if they can repeat it again tonight, I have a feeling dancing will be going on in the postgame.

The stonewall that is Michal Neuvirth is still in net for the Flyers, Brooks Orpik is still hurt and I just woke up.

Game Six liveblog below.

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Remember When Michal Neuvirth Was a Terrible Goalie?

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Gigantic Czech infant child Michal Neuvirth stopped 44 of 44 shots in Friday’s shutout over the Caps. It was one of the best goalie performances in Philly history.

Whatever happened to the goalie who blew the 2011 playoffs for the Capitals?

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Round 1, Game 5 Live Blog: Caps vs Flyers

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Back in D.C. for Game Five and another chance to book a ticket to the 2nd round, where the Caps would likely meet up with the Pittsburgh Penguins in a series that shouldn’t have happened until the Conference Finals, but the NHL has a stupid playoff set up. As you can tell, I am annoyed by this. However, the Caps cannot be like me and overlook Philadelphia tonight as we know the Caps tend to struggle when they’re up 3-1 in a series.

Michal Neuvirth is back in the cage for the Flyers, Brooks Orpik is still out and the French dude that boarded Orlov is back for Scott Laughton who did not travel with the team after this scary collision with the boards.

Another liveblog full of even more snark below.

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The city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, has a history of less-than-brotherly behavior when it comes to sports.

Most recently, we’ve seen Philadelphia fans pelt athletes with plastic bracelets after a scary near-injury, but there have also been snowball-struck Santas, Michael Irving lying on the field with a career-ending injury while Eagles fans boo, and the constant threat of ballistic weaponized batteries.

RMNB commemorates the spirit of Philadelphia fandom in our newest t-shirt.

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Caps vs Flyers Pregame: Take Two

Washington Capitals' Brooks Orpik (44) is helped off the ice after an injury during the second period of Game 3 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers, Monday, April 18, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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The Caps return to Washington tonight in hopes of finally closing out this series. After failing to eliminate the Flyers in Game Four, the Caps have one mission: end it. End it now.

I’m not particularly picky about how the Caps win; I’d just like to see them lock this series up already. Alas, it would be nice to see some of that mythical even-strength scoring, the kind that’s been nearly nonexistent for the past four games.

Will they or won’t they? Tune into CSN-DC at 7 PM to find out.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 56-18-8 52.0% 101.1 21.9% (5th) 85.2% (2nd)
Philadelphia Flyers 41-27-14 50.1% 100.5 18.9% (11th) 80.5% (20th)

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Round 1, Game 4 Live Blog: Caps at Flyers

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Unfortunately, we are still in Philadelphia for Game Four, where at any minute you could be hit in the face by a glowing plastic bracelet. Let’s hope the Caps can get out of that city tonight not only securing their health and safety, but also with a ticket to the 2nd round.

As I have said previously, only 4 teams in the history of the NHL have been able to come from behind and win a series after starting down 3 games to none. Let’s not put any ideas into the heads of the Flyers and their fans, and just further end their hopes and dreams tonight.

Michal Neuvirth starts for Philly, Taylor Chorney is in for Brooks Orpik and Pierre Hit From Behind Bellemare isn’t. Liveblog below.

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Round 1, Game 3 Live Blog: Caps at Flyers

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The Caps are in Philadelphia for Game Three. After taking a 2-0 series lead at home, the team now has the opportunity to basically put this series out of reach for the Flyers. Only 4 teams in NHL history have ever come from behind and won a series after going down 3 games to none, one being the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers that eventually reached the Stanley Cup Finals.

Tonight we’ll see if Steve Mason can recover from the laser beam that Jason Chimera put past him in Game Two and if the Flyers have learned that Alex Ovechkin is best not left alone.

Crash the Schenn. Liveblog below.

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Caps at Flyers Pregame: Glass Case of Emotion

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Photo: Patrick Smith

After winning both home games, the Caps are in Philadelphia tonight to see if they can’t put the Flyers in a stranglehold. It won’t be easy. The Flyers are mightily pissed about games one and two, and they’ve got sentimental reasons not to play like garbage tonight.

The saying goes, “you’re not in trouble until you lose at home.” Here’s rooting for trouble tonight at Wells Fargo center in what is sure to be an emotionally charged game.

Caps lead the series 2-0. Puck drops at 7 PM on CSN-DC.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 56-18-8 52.0% 101.1 21.9% (5th) 85.2% (2nd)
Philadelphia Flyers 41-27-14 50.1% 100.5 18.9% (11th) 80.5% (20th)

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Round 1, Game 2 Live Blog: Caps vs Flyers

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Game Two is upon us. The Caps pulled out a very solid 2-0 victory over the Flyers in Game One, which calmed some nerves for the D.C. area, but I assume those same nerves are back in full force before puck drop tonight. Going up 2 games in the series would be a great start to the playoffs and would put all the pressure on Philadelphia, so another Caps victory would be very sweet.

Tonight we’ll see if there is any retaliation for the rough stuff in Game One and whether or not Brayden Schenn has learned that he’s not going up for a basketball rebound when he’s hitting. Here’s hoping that the Caps stay out of the stupidity and just beat up on Philadelphia by putting multiple pucks behind Steve Mason.

Another playoff liveblog for you below.

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Caps vs Flyers Pregame: Will Cooler Heads Prevail?

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The Caps are off to a rockin’ start against the Flyers. Their 2-0 win on Thursday gave us a lot to smile about. Nate Schmidt, here’s to you.

Now it’s Saturday, and Sean Couturier is out, plus the Flyers have yet to score a goal this series. They’re a feisty team and eager to remedy some of their mistakes from the other night. Caps fans: hold onto your hats and hold onto your hearts.

Puck drop. 7 PM. CSN-DC. It’s gonna be lit.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 56-18-8 52.0% 101.1 21.9% (5th) 85.2% (2nd)
Philadelphia Flyers 41-27-14 50.1% 100.5 18.9% (11th) 80.5% (20th)

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