According to Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette had them skating suicides in practice today (which, as someone who’s got a few skating suicides to his name, is not a lot of fun). Pretty much sums up yesterday’s game.
(Ed. Note: I’m going to try a new format today. I’ll give you all the goals and then some other key plays) Recap: 0-1 Flyers, 14:25 in 1st: Wayne Simmonds poke checked Semin at the blue line. Claude Giroux grabbed it and took it in all alone and deked out Vokoun for his 5th goal in 6 games.
1-1, 18:40 in 1st: After a bad clear by the Flyers, Mathieu Perrault fires a wrister towards the net, which hits off the stick of Braydon Coburn and into the goal.
2-1 Caps, 19:48 in 1st: Alex Ovechkin fires it in at the goalmouth with 12 seconds left in the 1st.
3-1 Caps, 2:23 in 3rd: Roman Hamrlik just dumps it towards the goal from the blueline and it deflects off Andreas Lilja and winds up in the goal.
4-1 Caps, 3:54 in 3rd: On the Power Play, Alex Ovechkin fires it in on a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Backstrom.
5-1 Caps, 4:48 in 3rd: Joel Ward deflects a Jeff Schultz shot in front of Bryzgalov for his first goal as a Cap
5-2 Caps, 19:45 in 3rd: 1st round pick Sean Couturier knocks it in goalmouth to reduce the Caps’ lead to 3 with 15 seconds left in the game.
Key Plays: James Van Riemsdyk and Danny Briere were both stopped by Vokoun in front of the goal in the middle of the 3rd period when it was 5-1 Caps. If not stopped, those goals would have made it interesting.
Plus: Tomas Vokoun made 40 saves for his fifth straight win…Alex Ovechkin had his first multi-goal game of the year…Matt Hendricks, Joel Ward and Mathieu Perrault were all +2…Nick Backstrom tallied 2 assists…Van Riemsdyk had 7 SOG…
Minus: Brayden Schenn, playing in his first NHL game for the Flyers after being acquired from the Kings in the Richards trade, was a -3, as was Scottie Hartnell…The Flyers allowed 3 goals in the first 5 minutes of the 3rd period…
3 Stars: 1. Ovechkin 2. Vokoun 3. Backstrom
Nightly Nugget: Tomas Vokoun’s 5-game winning streak is the longest of his career since 2005-06
Next Up: The Caps welcome fellow humanoids, the Red Wings, to the Verizon Center on Saturday.