Ok, lets keep this simple. The Philadelphia Flyers flew into Washington DC after a 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday hoping to end the Caps eight game streak. It didn’t happen!
Here is proof that the Flyers were there: photos from pre-game skate.
The Flyers stated with Steve Mason in the net. That worked pretty good, in large part because the Caps were having a hard time getting any shots on goal. That is until the second period when Andre Burkovsky, unassisted we might add, scored. By the end of the second period the Caps had 10 SOG to the Flyers 17. Caps also had four penalties to the Flyers two.
We aren’t sure what happened during the intermission but the Capitals jumped back on the ice determined to win and determined to get Grubauer his second shutout. They out-shot the Flyers 12 to seven and made each attempt count. Mason couldn’t keep up so they tried our old friend Michal Neuvirth. That didn’t work either.
Justin Williams scored with the assistance of Johansson and Kuznetsov
Matt Niskanen scored with the assistance of Ovechkin and Backstrom
Nisky decided to score again, this time with the help of Wilson and Beagle.
And just to sweeten the deal – Stick scored again, this time with the assist to Backy and Orpick.
And Grubi had 24 saves for for his second shutout!!
There is no way to adequately explain what was going on in the phone booth other than to say that from the moment Nick Backstrom was honored for 500 career assists to the fan salute at the end–but we loved it!!
The Caps took their ninth win and sent the Flyers back to Philly with their ninth consecutive loss on the road.
On the downside, John Carlson left the ice in the second period and it is reported he is suffering with a ‘lower-body’ injury. Lets hope it isn’t serious and he isn’t out too long.He is scheduled to travel with the team to Pittsburgh for Monday’s game, according to Coach Trotz.
And lets hope that whatever they are doing as a team — they keep on doing. They sure seem to be having fun now and so are we!!!