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Flyers blow 4-1 lead, Caps win in shootout

Dec 15, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

The Philadelphia Flyers saw a 4-1 lead evaporate over about eight stunning minutes against the Capitals on Sunday, as Washington eventually won 5-4 via a shootout.

Halfway through the third period, it seemed like the story of Sunday’s Flyers – Capitals game would be all about Michael Raffl‘s emergence, as he collected three assists today. Instead, Steve Mason & Co. couldn’t hold off a mad rush by the Capitals.

Mike Green gave the Capitals a shot with this 4-2 goal 11:20 into the third period:

Dmitri Orlov scored his first goal of 2013-14 with about three and a half minutes left, as things started to get a little anxious:

Finally, Alex Ovechkin collected his league-leading 27th marker of the season* to tie things up with less than a minute remaining in the game:

The Capitals continue to ride Ovechkin’s ridiculous scoring, Nicklas Backstrom‘s underrated work (two assists, shootout-winning goal) and Philipp Grubauer‘s continued competence to another win. They’re now 18-12-3 on the season as they’ve won six of their last nine games.

The Flyers flubbed a chance to return to .500, as they’re now 14-15-4 and have dropped four of their last five games. At least they’ll get a chance for quick revenge against the Capitals, as the two teams meet again in Washington on Tuesday.

* – Scorekeepers seemed to go back and forth on Washington’s first goal either going to Ovechkin or Marcus Johansson, so Ovi either finished Sunday with 27 or 28 goals.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Never say die! Caps with two amazing comebacks in one week! That being said, Phil just flat out quit with 10 minutes left

    • ravenscaps48 - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Johansson’s Goal got changed to an Ovechkin goal, it deflected in off of Coburn. 28 and Counting

      • James O'Brien - Dec 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        Katie Carrera reports that it was changed back to 27, but the box score still has it as Ovechkin. Hence the confusion.

      • joey4id - Dec 15, 2013 at 8:38 PM

        it deflected off of Timonen

  2. panicatthedistrict - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Another amazing comeback by the Caps, but the Flyers also had a great game. They dominated for the first two periods, but in the end couldn’t stop the rush.
    Orlov is also becoming quite a stud

  3. bmoreredfury311 - Dec 15, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Great come, and very happy for the win.

    But with that being said, that’s 4 games in a row that Grubber has saved them and kept them in it. The kid is playing great!

    Caps better be more ready for Tuesday game, then they were today. I don’t think the Flyers, will let them come back like that anymore this season. We’ll see what Tuesday brings, love to see them win it out right. Go Caps!

  4. crazemastercraze - Dec 15, 2013 at 7:37 PM


  5. capsrockva - Dec 15, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Well, at least one of my teams won. GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - Dec 15, 2013 at 7:50 PM


  7. mcphillthy - Dec 15, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Wow they F’d that one up, didn’t they??! Unbelievable….

  8. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Dec 15, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    That was a disgrace we blew a 4-1 lead. There’s no reason we shouldn’t of won that game. That was ours for the beginning. We dominated most the game. I give all the credit to Washington for not giving up. They deserve that win. Flyers should be ashamed of themselves. On a plus, Raffl and and that top line looked real good together. I hope that turns into something cause hartnell ain’t cutting it. Raffl has 6 points in his last 4 games and has gotten giroux goin with 5 points in his last 3 and vorachek has upped his game lately with 5 in his last 4. Flyers better learn how to secure a lead cause we’re hittin a crucial part of the season to start gettin them points

    • joey4id - Dec 15, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      I know you’re still praying that you make the playoffs, but like I have been telling you, you don’t have enough depth and with the bad start you can ill afford to lose points. BTW, were you dressed or a healthy scratch today? I’m assuming you’re on the squad by the way you use the ‘we’ word.

      • thephillyfanclub - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:20 AM

        yeah joey because philly fans are the only fans on the planet that refer to themselves as “we” when talking about our teams, man you really showed us, I Feel so BURNED right now, how original

      • joey4id - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:48 AM

        I know. It was tongue-in-cheek. Flyers fans are very passionate.

  9. csilojohnson - Dec 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Should be funny to me but the Pens have had similar 3rd periods on a few occasions this season. Boston being the most recent. Horrible way to lose a game. Hurts the soul. I feel your pain Philly.

  10. crazemastercraze - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:18 PM


    My thoughts exactly

  11. flyerspsu - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Real disappointing, the Flyers actually played a really good game for the first 45-50 minutes and then sat back and watched as the Caps brought on an onslaught in the final minutes. The last 10 minutes really werent that terrible, the Caps had a couple screened point shots that found their way in to get them within one when Mason stumbled behind the net and couldnt square himself up in time for Ovi’s tying goal

    also can we please get rid of the shootout, its a bogus sideshow that decides way too many points in the standings, i mean the Caps now have as many regulation wins as they do shootout wins, 8

    • critter69 - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:29 AM

      Back before the shoot-out, the old saying for a successful team in any hockey league was “Win at home, tie on the road.” Two points for a win (regular time or OT), zero for a loss (regular time or OT), one (per team) for a tie (at the end of an OT game).

      Some people complained that a tie game was like marrying your sibling. Then again, if it’s on the road, a tie is MUCH better than a loss.

  12. penzfan329 - Dec 15, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Caps better hope it doesnt come down to a tiebreaker for playoff positioning loo

  13. c9castine - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    hahahaha..mason is dominant though and the flyers are really coming on. they are almost to .500 as we approach the halfway mark. haha

  14. blomfeld - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:14 AM


    If stepping on lowly ants on the sidewalk and then celebrating about that afterwards is ‘certain’ people’s idea of a good time, then I suppose all one can really say is ‘God bless’ man ? Of course I know that the majority of Capital’s ‘mean well’ and all. However the question which needs to be asked is this … ‘how in the hell did you even get down 4-1 to a lowly criminal organization like the Flyers in the first place?’

    OVI ROCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) v (courtesy of Wo Fat Entertainment Systems)

    • thephillyfanclub - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      a criminal organization? your an idiot, that is all that can be said

  15. westof1club - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    The wins and goals count the same against all teams, not just the squads you praise as worthy opponents for the game’s best goal scorer, hands down. Eat it blowhard.

  16. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    Half full, half empty. Good shot, goalie missed it. Great comeback, choke.

  17. kastout11 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Here goes the Flyers goaltending woes that I was worried about. When they weren’t scoring, the goaltending was great. Now that they are finally scoring, the goaltending has been suspect. I know Mason and Emery were playing over their heads, but they are better than the way they have played the last week or so.

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