Flyers Crush Caps

Published on February 28th, 2013

by Mike del Tufo

Wednesday February 27, 2013
The Philadelphia Flyers easily defeated the Washington Capitals 4-1 in Simon Gagne’s 1st game back as a Flyer.

This game was the Flyers’ 4th of a 5-game home-stand.  They have gone 2-2 so far.

For this game, Braden Holtby started in net for the Capitals and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:

Flyers defensemen pairings:

The Flyers came roaring out of the gate with captain Claude Giroux scoring a mere 23 seconds into the game.  They then struck again at 4:04 of the 1st period when Wayne Simmonds converted a power-play goal.  The Caps settled down after that and got several scoring chances.

The Flyers got going again early in the 2nd period at 3:54 when Simon Gagne added another power-play goal.  He received thunderous applause after scoring in his first game back in the orange and black.  Max Talbot then added his 1st goal of the season at 14:55 to put the Flyers up 4-0.  This chased Holtby from net.  Philipp Grubauer replaced him in the crease.  The Flyers limited the Caps to only 3 shots in the 2nd period. 

Grubauer made some strong saves in the 3rd period to keep the score 4-0.  The Flyers controlled the flow of this period and most of the game.  It was one of their better performances of the season.  The Caps were able to ruin the shutout with Joel Ward scoring at 17:51.

On the return of Gagne, Flyers winger Scott Hartnell said, “Seeing him for the first time coming to the rink a little after 4:00 p.m. was pretty cool.  I think he obviously feels comfortable. He played here 10-plus years. He definitely adds a lot more excitement to the dressing room and it showed right from the get-go.”

Gagne said, “I was so excited to be back and it was hard to fall asleep.  I tried to get a nice night of sleep, but at the end I wanted to come in here and get a big win.  Scoring that tap in goal, it’s a good scenario for sure.”

On his team’s play, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette said, “The bottom line is we finished this month 8-6-1. We’d rather be 15-0 but we’re  not 0-15 either. Sometimes we get too focused on the ones that you lose and lose sight of the big picture. Certainly, there are things this month that we could have done better but it was the first month that really put us behind eight-ball.”

The Flyers’ next game is Saturday at home vs. the Ottawa Senators.

Gagne scores in his 1st game back as a Flyer | Source: Andrew King


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