Flyers Fall to Caps 5-2

Published on October 20th, 2011

by Mike del Tufo

Thursday, October 20, 2011
In a battle of two of the top teams in the NHL, the Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2.  Prior to the game, Caps were 5-0 and the Flyers were 4-0-1.  This was the 1st game of a 3-game home-stand for the Flyers.

Tomas Vokoun started in net for the Capitals and Ilya Bryzgalov for the Flyers. 

Flyers forward combinations:

Flyers defensemen pairings:

The game started with a parade of penalties that took away from the flow of the game.  Flyers winger Claude Giroux got a breakaway and buried it past Vokoun at 14:35 to open the scoring.  The Flyers played a strong 1st period that was ruined by two mental lapses near the end of it. Flyers Scott Hartnell made a blind pass in his own zone that was intercepted and put in at 18:40 by Caps Mathieu Perreault to make it 1-1.  Alexander Ovechkin then just over a minute later scored at 19:48 to make it 2-1 Caps.

The Flyers seemed to have Brooks Laich in their cross-hairs in this game.  In the 1st period, Hartnell high-sticked him in the face for a bloody double-minor.  Then in the 2nd period, the only penalty of the period was another high-sticking minor by Danny Briere again bloodying Laich.  After 6 minors called in the 1st period, the referees apparently decided to let the teams play in the 2nd.  Neither team was able to score in this period.

The Flyers came into the 3rd period looking for the equalizing goal but instead fell apart allowing 3 goals in the 1st five minutes of the period effectively ending the game.  Sean Couturier scored a late goal for the orange and black to make the final score 5-2. 

Brayden Schenn playing in his 1st game as a Flyer said, “We thought we had a great second period… a lot of chances and a lot of momentum.  The start wasn’t there for us in the third.  They got an early one on us and it almost like deflated us.”

On the loss, captain Chris Pronger said, “Decent start to the first but the last five or six minutes weren’t  pretty…well again the penalties in the first ruin the flow and then we did a pretty good job killing them, but again they ruin the flow of the bench. We turned the puck over in the last five minutes a number of times and eventually the turnovers got to us and they scored a couple of goals on us. A decent second but still turnovers and that seems to be the word of the day is turnovers and penalties and I’m going to stick with it.”

The Flyers next game is at home Saturday vs. the Blues.

Giroux vs. Vokoun | Source: Andrew King

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