Capitals Sweep Flyers and Lead Division by Three Points

It was a pretty awesome day for Capital One Arena where the Capitals defeated the Flyers for the fourth time this season. The sweep added two points for the Caps in the NHL and pushed the Flyers seven points behind the Canadiens for a wild card spot. And there was a sweet marriage proposal too!

All-in-all it was a good day in Washington as the Capitals got back to winning after losing their last two games. Jakub Vrana broke out of his five-game scoring slump to make it a 3-1 victory in the third period. The boys in red were in their road whites today. Made it a little confusing at the start but then everyone realized the guys in white were the ones scoring!

There were more changes to the lines with Michal Kempny out and Evgeny Kuznetsov and Carl Hagelin back from their bout with a ‘bug’.

The Caps got off to a good start in the first period. On a redirect from Nick Jensen, Tom Wilson nicely deflected the puck past Brian Elliott and into the back of the net. Alex Ovechkin added an assist point to his tally on the play too. The Caps and Flyers were neck-and-neck for shots on goal (11) by the end of the period, demonstrating both teams determination for offensive and defensive play. 1-0 in the Caps favor at the end of play.

It didn’t take long into the second period for the Flyers to get a chance with a power play after Ovi was tagged for slashing. Not to worry, the Caps PK took control of the situation. And then it was Travis Boyd with a “filthy” goal. With Boyd in front of the Flyers goalie, he took a pass from Matt Niskanen to tip in the puck for a 2-0 Caps lead. Another sweet redirect from Nic Dowd to Nisky to Boyd. It was his first goal after 25 scoreless games.

As fans stood to the salute and honor the military, a sweet moment unfolded. She said YES! Well played Specialist Hagelberger.

Back to business as the Caps took two more trips to the sin bin – first Tom Wilson and then TJ Oshie. We agree with this Flyers’ fan assessment!

Unfortunately the second PK was the chance the Flyers needed to rob Braden Holtby of a shut out as Jakub Voracek scored his 20th goal, unassisted. The Caps were outshot 20 to 7 in the second period. All hail The Holtbeast because this game could have turned really bad for the Caps. 2-1 at the end of the second.

The third period went a bit better. Most importantly Jakub Vrana came back to life with a breakaway goal to secure the win for the Caps.

Coach Reirden was generally pleased with the game. He thought there were some problems in the second period; however, he felt the team leaders stepped it up in the third to seal the win. The Caps walked away with two more points and a sense of accomplishment.

Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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