Philadelphia Flyers Stun Capitals With Unlikely Comeback
Today was another storybook ending on the roller coaster that has been the Philadelphia Flyers in the third period. The Washington Capitals became the latest victim of the “comeback kids” who seem to have the knack for making up for less-than acceptable play in the early periods of a game, by willing themselves to victory in the end.
After looking like the lesser team through the first two periods of the game, lacking against the Capitals at full strength and having trouble keeping up with them for the most part, the Flyers turned it on to score two goals in the third, tying the game and shocking the Washington crowd. It was partly due to a major penalty taken by the Capitals that left the door open for the Flyers’ comeback, but they took full advantage of the opportunity. It was then in overtime that they sealed the deal, scoring the winner and assuring their spot in the standings above the Capitals, in the process leaping the New York Rangers.
The big story for the Flyers was the inspired and infectious play of captain Claude Giroux. After struggling against the Rangers in a Philadelphia win on Saturday, Giroux led the team with his up-tempo, gritty play to score two goals and push the game to the brink. It was then that the other story developed. Veteran forward, Vincent Lecavalier, put the icing on the cake when he captured his 900th career point and the game winner. It signifies a big pick-me-up for both players and a good sign for Philadelphia moving forward.
The win marked the Flyers’ fifth in their last six games and sets up must-see rematch against the Capitals in Philadelphia’s portion of the home-and-home series, on Wednesday.