Back in Philadelphia for the third time for Game 6; the Washington Capitals found that the third time was the charm to eliminate the Flyers.
Way to go boyz.
The Flyers’ game plan seemed to be injure the Capitals with some dangerous hits and uncalled penalties. Or set up imaginary penalties to send the Caps to the penalty box. It didn’t go as they planned…
First Period: Fast Start and Chances
The Capitals needed to have a good start and enforce their will on the Flyers. Andrew McDonald leveled Andre Burakovksy in the first period. Burakovsky briefly went to the Capitals locker room and fans breathed a sigh of relief when he returned.
At the end of the first period, the good guys would get some opportunities on the power play. They had some chances with the man advantage but they decided to pass more than shoot the puck.
In the final minutes, the Capitals would get a 5-on-3 advantage and they tried to put one past Michal Neuvirth. After the horn sounded to end the period, the teams were scoreless, Caps leading the Flyers 12-5 in shots on goal.
Second Period: Unbelievable.
The Capitals started the second with 13 seconds left on the two-man advantage. The power play did not produce the game’s first goal.
Then something completely atrocious happened. Nicklas Backstrom was given a double minor for hi-sticking Ryan White. Except it was not Backstrom’s stick that caught White in the nose, it was a fellow Flyer. The penalties were not overturned and the Flyers were on a four-minute power play.
While on the power play, Matt Niskanen was assessed a tripping penalty. The Flyers had a lengthy 5-on-3, in which the Capitals’ penalty kill was successful and awesome.
Backstrom, the Swedish wonder, finally solved Neuvirth and gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead. Payback for a bad penalty call????
Brayden Schenn laid a dirty hit on TJ Oshie late in the period. Oshie went to the locker room. At the end of two periods, the Capitals lead the Flyers 1-0.
Third Period: Victory!
T.J. Oshie returned for the third period after that Schenn hit. There were some scary chances for the Flyers to tie the game but Braden Holtby and the Capitals remained strong. The Capitals had an early period power play but did not bury an insurance goal. That insurance goal would not be needed.
The Capitals would be able to fend off a desperate Philadelphia Flyers team. A 1-0 shutout for Holtby and the Capitals eliminated the Flyers.
Caps will “welcome” Pittsburgh once everyone else finishes up their Round One games! Schedule to be announced at a later time.
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