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Third Period Outburst Send Caps past Flyers: 5-2

The Washington Capitals continued their impressive start to the season as they handed the Philadelphia Flyers their first regulation loss of the season by a score of 6-2.  Despite a second period that saw the Flyers dominating the time of possession, the Caps played a rather sound game at both ends of the ice.  Even when the Flyers did go one their runs of dominance, the Caps’ defense forced them to keep the puck along the board and at the point, effectively leading to them taking some low quality shots.  When the Flyers did manage to get the puck into the slot, Vokoun was magnificent as he repeatedly stone walled the Flyers forwards. 

Even with the great game by Vokoun, fans have to be most pleased with the 2-goal performance by Alex Ovechkin.  While we may never see Ovechkin put up the goals he used to, I think it surprised most people that it took him 6 games to record a multi-point night or score a goal that wasn’t a deflection.  Ovechkin, like the majority of his teammates, has gotten progressively better over the winning streak but he needs to keep working.  The days are long gone when he could just skate in the zone, fire the puck at will and expect to put up 50 goals.  Both goals last night were a result of Ovechkin getting to open areas and being ready.  For Ovechkin the shot volume does matter, but so does shot location and timing.

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