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GAME RECAP: FLYERS 6, CAPITALS 4

The Flyers power through a nerve-wracking third period to beat the Capitals 6-4 for their third-straight win.

Wednesday, 03.5.2014 / 11:08 PM ET / News
By Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter
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GAME RECAP: FLYERS 6, CAPITALS 4
PHILADELPHIA – It started with a hit – or five – it was followed by a couple quick goals, some tenacious hits and a line brawl.

But it ended in unorthodox manner – with the Flyers, usually a strong third period team, looking a little discombobulated – but as nerve-wracking as the third period became the Flyers did enough to hold off the Capitals and win for their third straight 6-4 over the Washington Capitals.

Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek each scored twice while Michael Raffl scored another fourth line goal and Steve Downie potted an empty-netter for the Flyers who held onto second place in the Metropolitan Division with the win.

It wasn’t Steve Mason’s finest game, but with the exception of a goal by Alex Ovechkin on the power play that popped in and out of Mason’s glove, the other three tallies for Washington were all on crazy re-directs.

Nevertheless, the Flyers helped their goalie with some excellent offense. The pressure was relentless in the opening two periods as Giroux led the way, scoring on a nifty move off a nice play by Sean Couturier in the first period to strip the puck from Jack Hillen, and later in the second period making it 3-0 when he was given a gift off a turnover by Mike Green that he rocketed off of Braden Holtby’s shoulder and into the net for his 23rd goal of the season.

Raffl scored on a deflection  moments later on a shot by Luke Schenn and that was all for Holtby who was replaced by Philip Grubauer.

Voracek also scored twice, once on a wrister from the high slot on a first period power play and the eventual game-winner on a give-and-go with Scott Hartnell.

Luke Schenn had one of his better games as a Flyer with a strong physical presence and picking up an assist on the Hall goal and it as his thumping hit on Ryan Stoa that triggered the first period line brawl.

It was kind of apropos that the brawl occurred on this night, the 10th anniversary of the 419-minute penalty-filled contest between the Flyers and Ottawa Senators, an NHL record.
Andrew MacDonald, who made his Flyers debut, picked up an assist on Raffl’s goal.

Steve Downie added an empty-netter to seal the win for the Flyers (33-24-6, 72 points) who now lead the third place New York Rangers by two points, fourth place Columbus by three points and fifth place Washington by four points in the always nip and tuck Metropolitan Division.

Stay tuned for more…

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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