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Facing elimination on Wednesday night, the Flyers were finally able to pull through and defeat the Capitals by the slimmest of margins. Philadelphia was able to capitalize on some of the good things they did in game 4 before they imploded so they’ll look to build on that tonight in yet another elimination game in D.C.
The Flyers received goals from Shayne Gostisbehere and Andy MacDonald in the win. Something that will be essential for the duration of this series will be Flyers ability to stay out of the box as they did in game 4. Washington only received 2 man advantages for the game and if the Flyers can limit how many times they cut ruts to the box, it will give them a fighting chance in game 5. In addition to this, Philadelphia had 29 blocks in this one as they did their best to get into shooting lanes to prevent high quality looks at their net. Overall, a much better effort in all three zones than in the last 3 games.
Winning goaltender Michal Neuvirth was strong in goal as he made 31 saves in the win. Neuvirth wasn’t as busy in the 1st and 2nd periods but by the third period, he needed to be excellent and he was. Neuvirth has earned the right to start game 5, while the club gives Steve Mason some much needed rest. This is the benefit of being able to have 2 capable goaltenders, folks.
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Flyers forward Scott Laughton was involved in a horrifying collision with Capitals defensemen John Carlson in which was carried off on a stretcher. As of this writing per multiple beat reporters, Laughton has been released from Jefferson hospital and is in good spirits. He will not travel with the team to D.C. for game 5 so we’ll have to wait on an update to see when he’ll return to the ice.