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Discuss: Flyers hold on despite Capitals’ comeback attempt

Mar 5, 2014, 11:07 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers had the lead all night, never relinquished it, but a third-period comeback by the Washington Capitals sure made for an interesting finish.

The Flyers managed to hold on for a 6-4 victory over the visiting Capitals on Wednesday on NBCSN, moving into sole possession of second in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals remain fifth in the same division.

Let’s discuss:

  • What a wild third period that was. The two teams combined for five goals, with Washington scoring three times to make it a one-goal game, providing for an exciting finish in the final meeting of the season between these division rivals.
  • It’s become clear this season that these two teams do not like each other. A line brawl broke out in the first period of tonight’s game. Shame they don’t play each other again this season.
  • Alex Ovechkin hasn’t hit the 50-goal mark since the 2009-10 season. On Wednesday, he scored his 44th of the season. Looking like he’ll get back to the half-century mark once again.
  • Still on the Ovechkin front: He threw a massive hit on Flyers’ forward Michael Raffl in the second period. Perhaps a high hit, too?
  • Not a great night for goalies. Philadelphia’s Steve Mason gave up four goals on just 25 shots. Braden Holtby was pulled in the second period for Washington, giving up four goals on 18 shots.
  • Quite a night for Claude Giroux. He had a three-point night, including a pair of goals and now has 11 points in his last seven games.

  1. crazemastercraze - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    The Caps are a joke.

    • blomfeld - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      LOSS SCHMOSS !

      Who cares ? … all that counts is Ovi scoring and he did that yet again tonight !!! :)

  2. jhaegs - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Time for the “Halak Net Monster”. Terrible game by Holtby…

  3. ibieiniid - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    gotta give a thumbs up to Cam Tucker for his game analysis lately. giving the PHT night crew some credibility back.

  4. steelwarriors55 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    To be honnest though Mason wasnt as bad as Holtby.Most of the Caps goal were on PP or bad defensive coverage

  5. phillyfan11 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Way to close for comfort, but I’m glad the Flyers got the win.

  6. jimw81 - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Flyers defense still looks like garage if you give them a 4 goal lead.that was almost a choking situation.

  7. bethgoesglobal - Mar 5, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    The Caps looked horrible for the first 40mins of this game. The came out slow, sloppy, and appeared completely disorganized. Mike Green was a disaster but was able to get a couple shots thru. They may have shown up in the 3rd period but at that point it was just too little too late for the Caps. To their credit the push they made in the final 20mins was good to see given that it looked like a done deal. They were able to make it a game and that should count for something (I suppose).

    I wonder if the Caps acquisition of Halak did something to rattle Holtby. He certainly seemed a bit off, although that has happened to him more than once this season without the background noise.

    Let’s hope for 60mins of the Caps 3rd period play tomorrow.

  8. stakex - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Well I think its safe to say that neither of these teams are going anywhere this year. The complete lack of defense and goaltending on display over the last two games was baffling….. and its not just these two games either. The Flyers and Caps are 22nd and 25th in goals allowed, which is a sure fire way to not win a Cup.

    To back up that point, the team that was first in goals allowed last year? Chicago…. and Boston was 3rd. The year before that the Kings were 2nd, and the Devils 8th. In 2010-2011 Boston was 3rd, and the Canucks were 1st. In 2010 Chicago was 5th. The only real oddball in the last few years was when the Pens were 18th and the Red Wings 19th in goals allowed in 2009…. but the year before (when Detroit won) the Red Wings were 1st and the Pens were 8th.

    So while one or both of these teams might make the playoffs…. its highly unlikely they will be successful with their lack of defensive play and goaltending.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      The thing you’re missing is that the playoff format could lead to a 1st round matchup between these teams (if they finish 2-3 in the division)… and that’s not an outlandish scenario. For arguments sake lets say the Flyers win, then take on a team like Pittsburgh in round two. That rivalry always seems to be an offensive affair and one that the Flyers could potentially win. I’m not saying the Flyers are legitimate Cup contenders but it’s not completely unlikely that they win a series or two. They have the firepower up front to beat someone in the East. And Steve Mason has done a solid job… it’s hard to blame him for those 4 goals. He keeps Philly competitive, night in and night out.

    • President Charles Logan - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      stakex quit taking your bad mood out on these flyers fans cause your team in new york is taking a nosedive as of late.

  9. kastout11 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    I did not watch the 3rd period, so I did not see the flurry of goals and the poor defense for Philly, but I think in the first 2 periods, McDonald looked pretty good and was efficient at turning the puck up the ice and getting it out of their own end. I will take the 2 points, but again, the Flyers did not play 60 minutes. I am not sure if they let their foot off the gas, or the Caps just brought the heat. Giroux is on fire now, and think he is still disappointed about not being selected for Team Canada. Their offense is more than good enough to make some noise in the playoffs, but their defense needs to improve. I think the pairings will be McDonald-Striet, Grossan-Schenn and Timmonen-Colburn. The should be better than they are playing right now.

  10. vbcaps - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    The whiff/turnover mike green did from behind the crease that lead to a Philly goal was just pathetic

  11. irish1136 - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Mason had tough luck on three of those goals, one bounced off McDonald, the second by ovi was in and out of his glove(if it was over the line in the glove idk cus nbcsn doesnt like replays for some reason.) and the third was a very close high deflection, the fourth was just a let down by the d and a great pass from the caps.

  12. chalkruz1989 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I just want to thank Team Canada for leaving Claude Giroux off the team. The omission has clearly motivated Giroux which has allowed him to crank out seven points in the first three games since the break.

  13. isithockeyseasonyet - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    I’m still wondering how simmonds got the extra minor in that whole altercation…Wilson started all that and while I believe it should have evened out, if anyone got an extra minor, it should have been the capitals…guess the refs had to keep it close for the national tv game

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