Fourth line propels Caps to victory in Philadelphia: Capitals beat Flyers 5-3

The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers met for the second time this season. The Metropolitan Division game has been a tough one in the past and the Caps badly needed two more points heading into their next bye week.

Michal Kempny propelled the Caps into the lead with a traffic slapper that beat Martin Jones. Gerry Mayhew tied the game on a Flyers power play. Joe Snively stayed hot with his own power play goal. Travis Sanheim responded late in the second with an odd rush count.

Mayhew with the count to give the Flyers their first lead of the game. Garnet Hathaway with two huge straight goals to restore the Caps to their lead. Empty Net by John Carlson.

The Capitals beat the Flyers 5-3!

  • This first period for the Caps was their best period in what feels like weeks. You could say they should have scored three goals, but you’ll take any lead right now. Martin Jones was… good. Weird sentence to write.
  • Michel Kempny returned to the lineup for the first time since Jan. 26 and was immediately involved in the game on his first shift as he was taken on a tripping penalty. The penalty was excellent and Kempny soon after put the Caps ahead with a slapper through several screens that found string. He took another penalty in the third which wasn’t great.
  • Ian wrote this really cool article which features quotes from Joe B, Locker and the NBCSWA TV crew about hitting the road again to cover Caps away games. You should read it.
  • Everything the Caps did right in the first, they just reset with a bad second. They were stuck in their zone for what felt like minutes at a time and let the Flyers get right back into the game. After the first twenty minutes at five-on-five, they had a 5-0 advantage on the high danger odds. The second period ended with that total tied at six apiece.
  • Trevor Van Riemsdyk was called for an instigator after Michal Kempny boarded. If you recall, the Caps didn’t get the exact same call against the Senators when Tom Wilson was forced into a fight after dropping Thomas Chabot with a big hit. Officiating in the NHL is nothing but consistently inconsistent.
  • Joe Snively again on the board. That’s four goals and seven points in nine NHL games this season. The former Little Cap pleads to remain a Big Cap for the remainder of this season. What a nifty little gem the Caps found in him.
  • There has been a lot of commercial buzz around Caps recently. They’ve been linked to the Canucks, Kraken and Stars in their search for trade deadline additions, which seems more forward-focused than goalie-focused right now. When you look at the rosters of these teams, which guys would you most like to see wearing a Caps uniform soon? I would love Jared McCann or Yanni Gourde from Seattle personally.
  • Garbage third against a team of garbage. Typical for the Caps lately. The last forty minutes border on the terrible in all areas. Luckily, the fourth line is incredibly hot right now because the Caps probably didn’t deserve anything from this game.
  • Absolutely fantastic work on this penalty extended to five against three in the third. Huge saves, blocks and pass deflections. It was fun to watch.
  • I was thinking Ilya Samsonov was great again. I can’t blame him for any of the goals against. It’s really nice to see him play like that.

The Caps have a full week off before facing the New York Rangers at MSG. I’m sure one won’t be spicy at all.

Title photo courtesy of @trash__em/Twitter

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