Philly is completely blazed: Capitals beat Flyers 9-2

The Washington Capitals took on the Philadelphia Flyers at home on Tuesday as they go for their fourth straight win. Could they make it happen or could Philly play the spoiler?

Alex Ovechkin kicked off with a backhand behind Carter Hart. TJ Oshie finished a nice passing game to take the lead two. James Van Riemsdyk almost immediately hit on a breakaway to halve that lead. Martin Fehervary cut the lead to two before the end of the first period.

Lars Eller completed another excellent passing game to add to the advantage early in the second. Conor Sheary was left all alone in net and he dangled the goal tally to five. Matt Irwin found the end zone for six. Lars Eller, the extra point was good. Garnet Hathaway scored the eighth and I’m out of shots to describe the incoming goals. JVR for random pinball purpose. Johan Larsson for nine.

The Capitals beat the Flyers 9-2!

Oh yeah, we have to do this.

  • I didn’t like the start of the first period, but once Ovi scored, things calmed down and the Caps started going after the Flyers. They created a group in transition by turning the puck over defensively, which is always good to see.
  • As has already been said, Alex Ovechkin got the good guys first with the 776th goal of his career and 46th of his current season. Ovi has goals in four consecutive games now and 14 in his last 18. Keep it up, O.
  • That second goal was a magnificent thing and it starts with some really impressive work under the goal line from Nicklas Backstrom. His legendary ability to protect the puck and give it to an open teammate will always be fun to watch. John Carlson was the open teammate in this case and he executed a perfectly slapped pass to TJ Oshie who netted his ninth of the season into an empty net. Carlson, who is ridiculously hot right now, hit the 50 assist mark for the fourth time in his career on goal. Via Caps PRhe is only the 17th defenseman in NHL history with four seasons of 50 assists.
  • The Caps absolutely stomped on the Flyers in the second. Philly looked like a team that really didn’t care at this point in their season. 13 chances to score at five against five only in the second period for the team dressed in red.
  • Conor Sheary was left as open as I’ve ever seen an NHL player who wasn’t on a breakaway or in the middle of a shootout attempt. He could have pitched a tent in front of Martin Jones, rested one night, woke up and still had time to drop that puck.
  • Martin Fehervary took out the puck skill bag multiple times in this game. The first earned him a loss at home for his eighth goal of the season. The second resulted in Kevin Connauton almost launching himself through the glass as he attempted to punch Marty and failed due to the rookie’s fluid movements.
  • Lars Eller with two other goals. Competition is a good thing.
  • The third was played at scrum pace as the Caps just lit up the scoreboard. You love a game like this. The only thing that would have made him better was more Ovi goals.
  • matt irvin marked his first as a member of the Capitals and his first overall in the NHL since Dec. 6, 2018. John Larsson also got his first as a Cap. Well done, boys.
  • The end of this game was sure something. Maybe the Flyers should try not to get scored nine times.
  • Chris Kreider with perhaps the luckiest fifty-goal season in league history outside of Jonathan Cheechoo.

The Caps will then head north of the border as they travel to Toronto to face a Leafs team led by Auston Matthews who apparently scores two goals in every game he plays these days.

Headline photo courtesy of @dunnbe

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