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

Thursday, 03.22.2012 / 6:25 PM / 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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