PHILADELPHIA, PA–Despite the Philadelphia Flyers peppering Washington Capitals netminder Tomas Vokoun with 42 shots, they could only get two past him as the Caps rolled to a 5-2 win.
Alex Ovechkin who had started a little slow this season tonight was able to put two goals in the net on three shots. Ovechkin now has 22 goals and 37 points in 23 regular-season games against the Flyers.
The Flyers got out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Claude Grioux (5) put in a wrist shot past Vokoun at 14:25. The Caps scored two goals late in the first just a little over a minute apart from Mathieu Perreault (1) and Ovechkin (2).
With no scoring in the second Washington was leading headed into the third, and they put an end to game early in the period. The Capitals scored three goals in the first five minute to make it 5-1; goals came from Roman Hamrlik (1), a powerplay goal from Ovechkin (3), and Joel Ward (1). The Broad Street Bullies would get a late goal with 15 seconds left from Sean Couturier (2). ”I think we lost our composure there at the start of the third period for three, four, five minutes maybe,” Flyers forward Danny Briere said, “and they kind of took control.”
Ilya Bryzgalov has now dropped his last two contest the overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday and tonight against the Caps. In his last three games Bryz has a 4.00 GAA and .872 save percentage.
The Flyers gave the Capitals six powerplay chances but were able to kill off five of the powerplays. ”We went to the box too much, that’s obvious, and there were some tough breaks out there as well tonight,” said a frustrated Peter Laviolette.
The Capitals remain unbeaten on the year and move to 6-0-0 and the Flyers suffered their first regulation loss falling to 4-1-1.
The Flyers will be in action again on Saturday night when they host the St. Louis Blues (2-4-0 4 pts).
Machurek’s 3 Stars of the Game
1. Alex Ovechkin 1G 1A 2P +2
2. Tomas Vokoun 40S 42SA .952 save percentage
3. Mathieu Perreault 1G 1A 2P +2