The Philadelphia Flyers may have lost on Saturday afternoon, but Wade Allison scored his first NHL goal!
The Capitals beat the Flyers by a final score of 6-3, but the game wasn’t all that close. Washington dominated throughout the 60 minutes with the Flyers having a few spurts here and there. It was another disappointing effort.
The Flyers got a bit of bad news before the game even began. Carter Hart was expected to start, but Alex Lyon led the team onto the ice for warmups. Hart was ruled out for the game due to a lower-body injury.
Lyon played well enough in the loss, making 35 saves on 40 shots. He didn’t get much help on most of the Capitals goals.
The Capitals were the better team in the first period. There’s no doubt about it.
Washington dominated in nearly every statistical category; at 5-on-5: 16-8 attempts, 8-2 shots, 6-1 scoring chances, .31-.12 xGF. However, at the end of the period it was a tie game.
I mean, you just have to admire the Ovechkin one-timer at this point. The Capitals had a 1-0 lead 3:38 into the game.
The Flyers failed to get a shot on goal until after the first commercial break. The Capitals had the game’s first five shots at that point.
Samuel Morin took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after getting hit into the boards hard.
Here’s the hit by Nic Dowd on Morin.
And then Garnet Hathaway laid a clean hit, but Morin didn’t like it.
Morin was called for the penalty and the Capitals had another power play.
The Flyers looked better on this one and even got a shorthanded shot on goal for their first of the game.
Washington continued to carry the play throughout the rest of the period. It looked like they would take a 1-0 lead into intermission, then Ivan Provorov struck.
The puck had eyes.
That tied the game up with one second left in the period.
The Flyers were lucky to have a goal at the end of a bad period. They trailed in shots 11-6 in the first frame.
It didn’t get any better for the Flyers in the second period.
They lost a battle in the corner and the Capitals took advantage. Orange sweaters outnumbered white sweaters, but it didn’t matter.
That was just 33 seconds into the period on the first shot of the frame.
The Flyers would tie it up, though, with James van Riemsdyk scoring on a breakaway.
Nicolas Aube-Kubel picked off a pass and JVR did the rest.
It was his first goal since March 15th, a span of 17 games.
Aube-Kubel helped set up that goal, but he then took a penalty just 43 seconds later.
Four seconds after that, Ovechkin had his second goal of the game.
The Capitals continued to dominate the period. It looked like they had a sure-fire goal, but Philippe Myers got a piece of the shot to keep the Flyers within one.
It didn’t really matter, though. The Capitals extended their lead with 4:58 left in the period. Evgeny Kuznetsov just walked through the slot and was all alone in front of Lyon.
That was the Capitals’ fourth goal and Lyon didn’t really have a great chance on any of them.
The Flyers got a power play in the final minutes but failed to convert.
The Capitals led 4-2 in goals and 30-16 in shots after two periods of play.
It was much of the same in the third period, but Wade Allison did score his first NHL goal!
The Flyers failed on their first power play of the period, but Allison drew another one just past the five-minute mark of the frame. Allison drew the penalty and then scored on the power play.
Allison was the recipient of a great passing play by Claude Giroux and Kevin Hayes.
Allison made no mistake about it and he was pumped up.
It’s fantastic to see Allison get his first NHL goal after his hardworking debut on Thursday night.
Unfortunately, that was the last goal the Flyers would score.
The Capitals added on another one at even strength and an empty-netter. They beat the Flyers 6-3.
The Flyers will get right back at it on Sunday night against the Islanders at 6:30 p.m. ET.