The Washington Capitals looked to end the Philadelphia Flyers’ season with a fourth consecutive win in Philadelphia–no such luck. Defenseman Brooks Oprik did not play due to an upper-body injury and Taylor Chorney came into the lineup. On the other side, former Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth was in net for the Flyers. Neuvy seemed to be the change the Flyers needed.
First Period: Scary Hit
The Flyers finally got a power play goal, thanks to Shayne “GhostBear” Gostisbehere and they took a 1-0 lead. With less than four minute left in the period, John Carlson and Scott Laughton battled for puck and Laughton lost an edge and went hard into the boards. Laughton did not move after the hit and was taken off the ice on a stretcher. He was later transported to the hospital. Preliminary reports indicate that he is doing well and hopefully his injury is not serious. The Capitals ended the period with some quality shots on former teammate Neuvirth. Through one period, the Capitals trailed the Flyers, 1-0.
Second Period: Too Much Passing
Andrew MacDonald doubled the Flyers lead, 2-0 at the beginning of the second period. The Capitals would get their first chance on the man advantage with five and half minutes left in the period, but could not produce anything. Nicklas Backstrom was sent to the box for holding with a little over two minutes left in the period. 28 seconds later, Jakub Voracek went to the box so the teams skated 4-on-4 for 1:32. The Capitals had some chances but were being outshot 21-19 and outscored 2-0 after two periods.
Third Period: Almost…
The Capitals needed a big third period to get back in the game. T.J. Oshie scored his first of the playoffs at 2:38 minutes into the period. The road team had come out determined to score on their former teammate. Michal Neuvrith was solid in net for the Flyers, stopping everything that came his way after the Oshie goal. There would be no sweep in this series as the Flyers hung on to win, 2-1, even though they were outshot 13-4 in the third period.
Practice: At the time this is being written, no practice has been scheduled for Thursday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. There should be a morning skate Friday at 10:15.
Game: Game Five on Friday at Verizon Center at 7pm. Rock the Red and be loud.