The Capitals gave one away early, came back with two, held down the fort in the second and put the game away in the third in their biggest win of the young season, blowing out the previously 4-0-1 Flyers, 5-2 on the road, and going to 6-0-0 for the first time in franchise history.
Capitals Head Coach Bruce Boudreau said after the game,
“That’s a really good team over there, it was a 5-2 game obviously, but we got the breaks when we needed to get the breaks and you know, we capitalized.”
Alex Ovechkin, the Flyers killer, scored two goals and now has 37 points (22 goals) in 23 regular season games vs the Flyers and he led the charge tonight. Mathieu Perreault, Roman Hamrlik and Joel Ward each got their first of the season and Tomas Vokoun continues his stellar play stopping 40 shots en route to his 5th win in a row.
In the first period an Alexander Semin turnover led to a Claude Giroux breakaway goal and an early 1-0 Flyers lead. But with 1:20 left in the first Mathieu Perreault tied it up shooting it off a Flyers stick and in, but the Caps scoring in first wasn’t done just yet, with 12 seconds left in the first Alex Ovechkin game the Caps the lead from a nice goal crease pass from Nicklas Backstrom giving them a late lead.
The second period though was the biggest story of the game, the Flyers got all the momentum in the period and Tomas Vokoun bailed the Caps out with 14 saves in the period and didn’t have much help.
Vokoun gave his point of view of the second period,
“Obviously they’re a good team with lots of skill and they got the momentum in the second period there for, I would say the first half of the period, you know that’s going to happen when you play teams like that.”
Vokoun also added that he held the puck a few times trying to slow down all the momentum the Flyers were building.
Late in the second period the Caps had a goal disallowed due to “incidental contact”, but it gave them some life that they took advantage to start the third with three goals in the first five minutes to make it a 5-1 game and effectively end it.
Alex Ovechkin said “we knew they [Flyers] going to come out hard because they losing and we just tried to play simple and things happened.”
Four of the Caps six wins have been one goal games, Boudreau was happy this didn’t come down to the end,
“I’m not used to it yet, I’ll breathe a sigh of relief when I get on the plane, it was good and it was totally unexpected against this team.”
The Caps played arguably their best overall game of the season and now have goals from 13 different players this season. The power play still needs some tweaking as they were only 1 for 6 on it tonight, but the penalty kill went a perfect two for two. They now head home for another tough game, this time they’ll host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
1 18:40 Perreault (1), unassisted
1 19:48 Ovechkin (2), Backstrom (6), Brouwer (1)
3 2:23 Hamrlik (1), Hendricks (1), Perreault (2)
3 3:54 PP Ovechkin (3), Backstrom (7), Wideman (4)
3 4:48 Ward(1), Schultz (2)
Listen here to what Bruce Boudreau, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Joel Ward & Tomas Vokoun had to say about the big road win over the Flyers.
Bruce Boudreau Postgame Audio
Alex Ovechkin Postgame Audio
Nicklas Backstrom Postgame Audio
Joel Ward Postgame Audio
Tomas Vokoun Postgame Audio