Flyers Drop Capitals 6-3

Sunday night, less than 22 hours after their come from behind win against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Flyers dropped the Washington Capitals at home 6-3.

Petr Mrazek manned the net for the Flyers stopping 25 of 28 shots in the win. Philip Grubauer got the nod for Washington.

The first period featured no scoring as the Flyers and Capitals played a more evenly matched game.

In the second the Flyers turned it on. Shayne Gostisbehere got his 12th goal of the season with a quick blast directly off a face off win from Claude Giroux early in the second.

Late in the second on broken coverage, Alex Ovechkin redirected a puck past Mrazek to tie it.

Just over three minutes later, Jake Voracek stole the puck and found a wide open Oskar Lindblom in front of the net, Lindblom took the feed and picked the top corner for his first career NHL goal.

Late in the period, with less than 20 seconds left, an Ivan Provorov shot banked in off a Christian Djoos’s shin pad for Provy’s 13th goal of the season to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead.

Early in the third, Wayne Simmonds redirected a Robert Hagg shot into the net for his 22nd goal of the season to put the Flyers up 4-1.

The three goal lead was short lived, as a Radko Gudas misplay sent the Capitals in on an oddman rush and Chandler Stephenson buried the goal to make it 4-2.

Wayne Simmonds would answer that with a solo effort, stealing an errant pass from a Capital and roofing the puck over the shoulder of Grubauer to make it 5-3.

The third period was rough to Travis Konecny, who blocked two shots, including needing time in the room after the first one for repairs, then was clipped by a high stick after returning. Between the pain and frustration, he threw down the gloves with TJ Oshie and the two engaged in a fight that saw Konecny hold his own as best he good despite a large size disadvantage.

John Carlson beat Mrazek to make it 5-3 after Andrew MacDonald was stung by a shot block of his own.

With a back to back with travel, short night and short bench in the third period due to the Konecny major and shot blocking and the fact that Michael Raffl left the game with an upper body injury, the Flyers could have been expected to give up the lead and end up in overtime. However, after Sean Couturier missed an open net, Jake Voracek sealed it with an empty net goal to give the Flyers the 6-3 win.

The Flyers next play in Detroit on Tuesday.

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