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Jakub Voracek scored the game-winning goal, on the power play, 1:28 into overtime, to lift the Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals.
Sean Couturier and RJ Umberger both lit the lamp for the Flyers. Matt Read and Nick Schultz were both credited with a pair of assists, while Claude Giroux and Mark Streit tallied the assists on the game-winner. Steve Mason was strong in net for the Orange and Black, as he turned away 26/28 shots. The Flyers have now won two in a row, both needing extra time to do so.
Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were the goal scorers for Washington. Mike Green tallied two assists while Marcus Johansson and Karl Alzner each recorded one. Brayden Holtby was tested eary and often, stopping 30/33 shots.
Better competition apparently brings out a more competitive version of the Philadelphia Flyers. Facing the possible playoff bound Washington Capitals, the Flyers dominated most of the game and the result was a win for the home team.
Washington struck early into the game, as Ovechkin potted his 21st of the season just 34 seconds on the Caps first power play. Ovi received a one-time pass from Green, and blasted the puck passed Mason, who had little chance.
Following Washington’s early ambush, the Flyers finally woke up, starting with Couturier’s 10th goal of the season. Matt Read’s shot on net allowed Couturier came streaking down the right wing, where he was able to corral the rebound and beat Holtby, to knot the game at 1-1.
The first period would come to a close, but not without some hard hitting, mostly from Washington. Capitals pest Tom Wilson deposited Nicholas Grossmann with a hard check into the corner that would knock the Flyer defenseman out for the game.
The second period started and the Flyers attacked like gangbusters. Despite not scoring, Philadelphia played perhaps it’s best second period in months, as Washington played back on their skates for most of the period.
The Flyers wasted an early power play in the third period only to see the Caps score a weak goal against an unsuspecting Mason. Defenseman Karl Alzner took a feed from Mike Green at the point and threw it on net. The shot from the left point rose on the Flyers goaltender and was tipped in by Backstrom. After a lengthy review, the referees (and Toronto war room) concluded the goal was good, and the Capitals center was credited with his 13th goal of the season.
Just one minute and fourteen seconds later, Umberger would knot the game at two goals apiece on a rebound from Schultz’s point shot, to give the Orange and Black new life.
Once again, regulation was not enough to determine a winner for the Flyers, as they headed back to overtime for the second game in a row.
The Flyers would need just 1:28 in overtime to send the Flyer faithful home happy, as Voracek blasted a one-timer from the high slot on a feed from Giroux.
Philadelphia continues their home stand Saturday, in a matinee matchup versus the Boston Bruins.