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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, 03.05.2014 / 11:08 PM / 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.

Stay tuned for more…

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 65 19 46 6 65
C. Giroux 64 18 42 1 60
W. Simmonds 65 26 18 -1 44
M. Streit 65 9 33 -5 42
B. Schenn 65 12 23 -6 35
S. Couturier 65 13 16 4 29
M. Del Zotto 53 9 17 -3 26
M. Read 65 6 20 -7 26
M. Raffl 50 15 5 6 20
V. Lecavalier 46 7 10 -9 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 13 13 8 .926 2.24
R. Emery 10 10 4 .893 3.15
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