The Capitals were back in Washington for a second chance at sending the Flyers to the golf course. A day later and we are still trying to figure out what happened. Fans in Verizon were stunned and just as frustrated as the team must have been leaving. Hopeful about Game 6, but dismayed over what they just saw.
First Period: Physical and Penalties
10 seconds in and T.J. Oshie dropped the gloves with Brayden Schenn to even the score. Schenn ended the last game with a nasty knee hit on Evgeny Kuznetsov. All even now..
Alex Ovechkin was hitting everything and anything in orange and black. Individually, Ovechkin had five hits in the period, the same number as the entire Flyers lineup had. Hard as he tried, he couldn’t get one through Neuvy.
The Capitals got traffic to Michal Neuvirth but could not get one past their former teammate. The teams ended the first period scoreless with the Capitals outshototing the Flyers 14-6. No one could figure out what was going on.
Second Period: Hockey is a Weird Sport
There were way too many penalties by the Capitals, specifically Justin Williams who ended up with a hat trick of penalties. And then it happened, a crazy puck went off Taylor Chorney and past Braden Holtby right into the net. The goal was credited to Ryan White and was the Flyers first shot on goal of the period.
The Capitals were completely dominant in puck possession and shots during the second. The only thing that was missing was that game-tying goal. Even though the shots on goal were 30-8 in favor of the Caps, they trailed the Flyers 1-0 after two periods.
Hockey is weird y’all.
Third Period: Caps Can’t Crack Neuvirth This game did not make any sense. The Capitals had another 14 shots on goal in the third period, bringing the final total to 44. The Flyers had 11 in the entire game. Also, the shot attempts in the game were 82-27 Washington.
The only reason the Capitals did not run away with this game, and ultimately the series, was goaltender Neuvirth. Neuvy was a literal brick wall and stopped every single one of those 44 shots by the Capitals. Even on a power play halfway through the period, the Capitals were unable to crack Neuvirth.
Adding injury to frustration, the Flyers added an empty net goal, final score 2-0 Flyers.
Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center in Philly is at Sunday at noon.
Get ready for some lunchtime with the Caps and Flyers. Keep believing!!