The Philadelphia Flyers head into the all-star break on a high note as they bounced the Washington Capitals in an overtime thriller Wednesday night, 4-3. The Flyers began the game strong enough and capitalized on some of Washington’s careless passing in the first period. Heading into the second stanza, the Capitals found their footing and dominated Philly before an evenly played third. In overtime, Flyers’ Jake Voracek scored his second goal of the game, giving Philadelphia their 21st win of the season.The Flyers received goals from Brayden Schenn (12th), Ryan White (5th), and Jake Voracek (7th, 8th) in the winning cause. The team received some solid individual performances in the win too, as players such as Scott Laughton, Matt Read, and the team’s third line helped provide some decent play when the top line struggled; Giroux and Voracek found the scoresheet but did not have their best games away from that.
Winning goaltender Michal Neuvirth played well, as he stopped 27 of 30 shots fired his way. The win gave Neuvvy his 11th win of the season.
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The Flyers penalty kill played a pivotal role in this one but not in the way the Capitals would have hoped. Philadelphia brought the 26th ranked PK into Wednesday’s contest, while the Caps have the league’s best man advantage unit. The Flyers were able to neutralize Washington’s powerplay by keeping the Cap attackers to the outside, sealing off the passing lanes.
After losing three straight in less than inspiring fashion, the Flyers picked a much needed win Wednesday. The club has fallen to five points out of the playoff chase and while it is likely that they will miss the playoffs at this juncture, it’s imperative that the team keeps pushing towards the playoffs. The team’s younger players like Laughton, Ghostisbehere and Weal could only benefit from the experience of playing in meaningful games down the stretch.