The Capitals came into game two looking to make the most of their home ice advantage, and it worked in their favor. The Flyers were short one Sean Couturier after suffering an reported bruised shoulder from a clean hit from Alex Ovechkin in game one.
By the end of the game, Alex Ovechkin would sit one point shy of tying Dale Hunter’s 72 point franchise title for playoff points. John Carlson became the fifth defensemen in Caps playoff history to score two power play goals in one series, and Nick Backstrom recorded his seventh multi-assist in his playoff career, tying for third place in franchise history (CapsPR) Not a bad second night.
First Period: Caps Control
The Flyers came out strong taking full control of the ice and it was over six minutes before the Caps would even get their first shot on goal. On the first Capitals power play of the game, John Carlson converted to give the good guys a 1-0 lead. Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson picked up assists on Carly’s goal. In the final minutes of the period, the Capitals’ penalty kill was up to the task of killing a Flyers 5-on-3. In the first period alone, the Flyers matched their shot count from Game One (19) but the Capitals had lead 1-0.
Second Period: Weird Goal
The second period was a weird period. The teams started the period with 4-on-4 hockey after two-minute minors at the end of the first. Jason Chimera doubled the Caps’ lead with his first goal of the playoffs–from center ice. Andre Burakovsky was assessed a roughing penalty along with Nick Cousins, and there was more 4-on-4 hockey. Jakub Voracek put the Flyers on the board halfway through the period. And then captain Alex Ovechkin scored on a late period power play–his first post season goal. The Caps would lead the Flyers 3-1 after two periods.
Third Period: Big Hits
The Capitals and Flyers continued to trade big hits. John Carlson and Mike Richards made some huge hits that had Verizon Center cheering. Nicklas Backstrom scored with less than three minutes left in regulation. T.J. Oshie and John Carlson picked up the assists on Backstrom’s first of the playoffs. Braden Holtby faced 42 shots from the Flyers, he was incredible during the game. The Capitals defeated the Flyers, 4-1, and took a 2-0 series lead to Philadelphia.
That’s two down, 14 to go. But lets get there one game at a time!
Practice: The Capitals were given Sunday off and will have an optional skate at 11:30am on Monday in Philadelphia.
Game: Game Three is on Monday at 7pm at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.