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by Matthew Tate on 12/17/13 at 11:11 PM ET
The Capitals run came to an end tonight, with a 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. What was a back-and-forth game, took a huge turn when Tom Wilson was ejected for charging Brayden Schenn. On to the ReCap:
Washington Goals: Ovechkin 28 PP (Backstrom, Johansson); Fehr 5 (Brouwer, Erat)
Braden Holtby: LOSS; 30 Saves; 5 Goals Allowed
Philadelphia Goals: Voracek 7 (Coburn, Timonen); Read 10 (Downie, Grossman); Streit 3 PP (Read, VandeVelde); Voracek 8 PP (Timonen, Giroux); Simmonds 6 (Hartnell, Gustafsson)
Steve Mason: WIN; 24 Saves; 2 Goals Allowed
Great play by Green to stop a Hartnell breakaway early in the first period. Cleanly lifted Hartnell's stick, allowing the puck to trickle to Hotlby, who promptly covered.
Steve Mason is going to want that first one back.
In what has become a worrisome trend, the Capitals continue to struggle holding leads. It took all of 58 seconds for Voracek to answer Ovechkin's power play tally.
I've looked for things not to like about Eric Fehr's game and I just can't find anything. A great example was seen on his goal. He had a great chance to send Brouwer in on a breakaway, but his pass was a couple inches too far. He followed the play, took a pass from Brouwer and put the Caps up 2-1.
I still hate when a Capital agrees to drop the gloves after they have just taken the lead. Mere seconds after Fehr had made it 2-1, Volpatti agreed to go with Adam Hall. It was a good bout with about 50 punches thrown and no clear winner. More importantly, it zapped the Caps' momentum. The Flyers won the next faceoff, gained control of the zone, and drew a penalty. They might not have scored, but I don't see why take that risk.
Tom Wilson has to be better than his play in the second period when he ran Brayden Schenn into the end boards. He took about twenty strides before launching Schenn into the boards. That play is not, and can not, be acceptable. He was given a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. I'm sure Shanahan will review it. Schenn definitely moved late, but I think Wilson's unnecessary speed will erase that. What was interesting was the lack of an instigator penalty for the Flyers in the ensuing fracas. The Capitals saw a similar play when Gudbranson hit Fehr. Brouwer challenged him and was given an instigator. This would be too much for the Caps to overcome.
The Caps are back at it Friday against Carolina
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