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Fly-by: Flyers 2, Capitals 1 (SO)

Thursday, 03.22.2012 / 6:25 PM ET / News
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Fly-by: Flyers 2, Capitals 1 (SO)

   
      
  Laviolette    Giroux    Simmonds    Bryzgalov
1. WRONG FOOT AGAIN
The Flyers got off on the wrong foot tonight by allowing the first goal to the opposition again for the fourth straight game. The Caps scored just 26 seconds in. The period would end with the Flyers down 1-0, and although not as severe as the previous games, another comeback was the task at hand.

2. THE PENALTY SHOT
Midway through the second period, a penalty shot was awarded to the Capitals after Matt Carle attempted to poke check Washington center Marcus Johansson on a breakaway play. Bryzgalov aggressively shut down Johansson to keep the score tied at 1-1. The stop was a game-changer especially considering the Flyers had just evened the game on a semi-breakaway goal from Claude Giroux.
 
3. THE GROSSMANN EFFECT
Nicklas Grossmann made his presence known tonight in the defensive zone. Grossmann recorded a total of six hits on the night, the highest total of both teams AND double the amount of the next closest Flyer.  Additionally, Grossmann appeared in over 20 minutes of time-on-ice.

4. SHOOT TO THRILL
The Flyers earned a valuable extra point in the standings thanks to Wayne Simmonds' game-winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout. Ilya Bryzgalov denied three of the Caps four shooters while Matt Read got the Flyers on the board by leading the shootout off with a nice shot through Holtby's five-hole.

5. ONE-GOAL IS ALL IT TAKES
For the third time in their last four games, the Flyers found themselves yet again in extra time and for the second straight time they emerged victorious. The Flyers have now had five straight games decided by one goal, going 3-1-1, while improving their record to 26-4-5 in one-goal games.
Tonight marked the sixth time this month that Ilya Bryzgalov has been named the #1 star of the game.  He now has a 9-1-1 record, a 1.27 GAA and a .956 save percentage in the month of March.
 
Sean Couturier took 22 faceoffs tonight, which ties his season high.
 
The Capitals committed just three giveaways tonight, all of which came in the third period/overtime.
 
Sixteen of the Flyers 18 skaters recorded a shot on goal.

Braydon Coburn recorded a team-high 24:55 of ice time tonight.

The Flyers have now won three of their last games that have been decided by a shootout.
Ilya Bryzgalov
Tonight’s standout star of the game is Ilya Bryzgalov, who only allowed just one goal on 31 shots and denied three of the four Capitals in the shootout for his ninth victory in the month of March.

Bryzgalov shut out the Capitals in the second, third and overtime periods, after allowing an early goal. A key turning point of the game is when Bryz effectively poke checked the attempted deke on Caps' Marcus Johansson on a penalty shot.

He also made a tough pad save on Alex Ovechkin and flashed some leather on a save from defenseman Mike Green towards the end of the second period.

 "We are just trying to take it one game at a time and win some games. We will see how it goes. That's what we are trying to do, just win the games. It is nice when you win the games because it is a good attitude and good mood in the locker room. It is fun."
- Ilya Bryzgalov

"Yeah you know it's always good to get that extra point. Every night you know it's going to be a battle unfortunately we went down early again but yeah we're really resilient and we never give up."
- Wayne Simmonds
For the Flyers, the flow of the game shifted after Giroux’s second period goal.

Capitalizing on a takeway, Giroux took a perfectly placed long pass from Jaromir Jagr, fought off a Caps defenseman and to top it all off, toe dragged the puck around Capitals goalkeeper Braden Holtby to tie the game up at 1-1. 

The Flyers would shut down the Caps in the second period and remainder of the game which included a penalty shot opportunity by Marcus Johansson to give Washington the lead again, but Bryzgalov was there to deny him.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Ilya Bryzgalov stops Marcus Johansson on a penalty shot in the 2nd period.   

Flyers 2, Capitals 1
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds scored shootout goals to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.

Claude Giroux scored his 27th goal for the Flyers, and Alex Ovechkin had his 33rd for the Capitals.

Read scored on the first shot of the shootout against Braden Holtby, and Matt Hendricks beat Ilya Bryzgalov on Washington's first attempt.

  FULL RECAP

SCHEDULE

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PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 78 22 45 -8 67
W. Simmonds 81 32 28 -7 60
B. Schenn 80 26 33 3 59
J. Voracek 73 11 44 -5 55
S. Gostisbehere 64 17 29 8 46
S. Couturier 63 11 28 8 39
M. Raffl 82 13 18 9 31
M. Read 79 11 15 -5 26
M. Streit 62 6 17 -1 23
S. Laughton 71 7 14 -2 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 23 19 10 .918 2.51
M. Neuvirth 18 8 4 .924 2.27
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