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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
It started with a hit \u2013 or five \u2013 it was followed by a couple quick goals, some tenacious hits and a line brawl.\r\n\r\nBut it ended in unorthodox manner \u2013 with the Flyers, usually a strong third period team, looking a little discombobulated \u2013 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.
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.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 77 21 56 7 77
C. Giroux 76 23 46 2 69
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 76 9 37 -9 46
B. Schenn 77 16 25 -6 41
S. Couturier 77 13 18 2 31
M. Del Zotto 59 9 20 -6 29
M. Read 75 7 22 -6 29
M. Raffl 62 20 6 8 26
V. Lecavalier 53 8 11 -8 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 16 17 11 .928 2.22
R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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