The Philadelphia Flyers penalty kill key to victory over Washington Capitals.
Back on home ice and back to winning ways as Philadelphia Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 at the Wells Fargo Center, ending a four-game losing streak. The Capitals struggled during the power play, going 0-for-5 whilst giving up a short-handed goal that proved to be the difference between the two teams.
The Flyers grabbed the first goal of the game after Sean Couturier forced a turnover from Nick Jensen, Travis konecny with his 14th of the season.
Lars Eller struck the post prior before Nicklas Backstorm tied things up. Tom Wilson with the feed from behind the net as Backstorms snap shot sailed through the arm of Carter Hart for his 9th of the season.
Braden Holby produced a fine save from Nicolas Aube-Kubel 34 seconds later keep the game tied at 1-1. Carter Hart failed to gather shot, Evgeny Kuznetsov pounced on the rebound, fed the puck to Jacub Vrana for his 19th of the season to give the Caps 2-1 lead.
Flyers tied the game with just 42 seconds remaining in the opening period. Robert Hagg grabbing his first goal of the season with a thunderous slap shot from just inside the offensive zone.
Carter Hart redeemed himself during the second period as the Flyers were out shot 11-3. The Flyers showcased their penalty kill prowess by thwarting the Caps on three occasions whilst grabbing the go-ahead goal with 2.27 left in the period. Kevin Hayes with a backhand shot past Braden Holtby for the short-handed goal on the breakaway.
The Capitals registered just nine shots on goal during the third period as they squandered a further two power-play opportunities. Tom Wilson produced a fantastic save from Carter Hart as he drove towards the net after gathering a beautifully placed stretch pass.
After a somewhat shaky opening frame, Hart proved to be the difference as the Flyers ended the Capitals three-game winning streak.
The Washington Capitals entertain the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.
The Philadelphia Flyers host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.
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