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Fly-by: Flyers 1, Capitals 0

Sunday, 03.04.2012 / 8:22 PM / News
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Fly-by: Flyers 1, Capitals 0

  Laviolette    Wellwood    Bryzgalov
Flyers rookie Eric Wellwood, recently recalled from the Phantoms, hasn't played in too many 1-0 contests, let alone score the game-winning goal in them.

But that's not what was impressive about the Flyers victory in Washington. It was that the Flyers had perhaps their best, most complete game of the year when their normally high-powered offense didn't provide four or five goals.

“I think it was an outstanding team effort," said Flyers net minder Ilya Bryzgalov. "Guys sacrificed themselves. They cleared out the front of the net. They did everything coach asked. We did everything we needed for the win.“

The complete win came at a much needed time to say the least. Not only did the Flyers earn another two points in the standings which moved them past the New Jersey Devils and within one game of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Atlantic Division, but they did it upon receiving bad news on two members of their defense.

It was announced before the game that All-Star defenseman Kimmo Timonen as well as Andrej Meszaros were suffering from lower-body injuries and would be out indefinitely. In stepped Andreas Lilja and rookie Erik Gustafsson who each played over 15 minutes of time on blue line.

Of course as the saying goes, a team's best defense starts in net and Bryzgalov was every bit as good as the 1-0 victory indicates. In turning aside all 34 shots on the night, he faced breakaways, one-timers in the slot and deflections to keep Alex Ovechkin and company at bay.

The Flyers have now strung together two consecutive victories for the first time since mid-January. They will be looking add a third in-a-row when they take on the Western Conference leading Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his third shutout of the season.  He is just the third Flyers goaltender to record three shutouts in a season since the lockout (Biron 5, 07-08; Emery 3, 09-10).
The game was the Flyers’ first 1-0 win since Dec. 30, 2007 at Florida (Niittymaki).
Claude Giroux took 10 faceoffs tonight, the fewest he’s taken in a game this season.
The Flyers’ 41 attempts on net (23 SOG, eight attempts blocked, 10 misses) is the team’s third-fewest this season. (11-2 at BUF, 38; 1-21 at NJD, 32).  The Flyers won all three of those games.
Eric Wellwood’s goal was the 46th of the season for a Flyers rookie, which accounts for 22.1 percent of the team’s goals this season.
Ilya Bryzgalov
For his 34-save performance, Ilya Bryzgalov gets tonight's Flyers star of the game.

Bryzgalov was tested early and often in the game, facing 12 shots in total in the first period, which included a 2 on 1 opportunity that saw Caps forward Jay Beagle deflect a pass towards the net.

Bryzgalov would go on to stop Mike Knuble on a partial breakaway in the second frame and a deflection close in front from Caps star Alex Ovechkin.

The shut was his third of the year for the Flyers and 26th in his NHL career.

“I thought the first period was a good period. We came out just a little bit flat in the second period. We were watching just a little bit too much. I thought we responded really well after {the timeout}. And not just that, but {after} the goal too. We got back in it and started generating some offense.”
- Peter Laviolette

“February wasn’t a good month for us. To win a game on the road against a very good offensive team, it’s good for the mindset of the team. To come in here and Bryz playing well. It’s not a secret. In the playoffs, this is the type of hockey that you have to play if you want to win.“
- Danny Briere
Tonight's turning point came at the 13-minute mark of the second period when Ilya Bryzgalov stopped Caps power forward (and ex-Flyer) Mike Knuble in all alone on a breakaway.

Knuble faked a shot and went to his backhand in an attempt to slide it through Brygalov's five-hole, but Bryzgalov shut the door to keep it a scoreless game.

Less than a minute later, Pavel Kubina would fire a shot from the point with rookie Eric Wellwood cutting to the net. Wellwood deflected the shot past Washington goaltender Michal Neuvirth to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead which would be the difference maker.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Teammates on the bench congratulate Eric Wellwood on his goal.   

Flyers 1, Capitals 0
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eric Wellwood scored less than a minute after Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette called a timeout to give his players an earful, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 34 saves, leading the Flyers to a 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday night.

Bryzgalov earned his third shutout of the season, and the 26th of his career, even though the Flyers were missing two defensemen who sat out with injuries: Kimmo Timonen and Andrej Meszaros.





1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52


C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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