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Why Backstrom’s Goal Wasn’t

In the first period of today's game between the Washington Capitals the Philadelphia Flyers, Nicklas Backstrom's shot trickled through Steve Mason and was heading into the net until Mark Streit cleared it off the line.  When play eventurally stopped, the referees held a lengthy review.  Eventually, the call on the ice of no goal was upheld, much to the chagrin of Capitals fans.  Using some crude tools around my house, I'll show why the referees were correct.

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What Can We Expect for Tom Wilson?

Earlier tonight, Tom Wilson was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for charging Braden Schenn.  At the time, it looked really bad and talk of suspension took over social media.  I decided to sit down, look at the hit again as well as the history of charging suspensions to see what we can expect from Shanahan.

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Capitals 2 Flyers 5 ReCap

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:

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Capitals 7 Flyers 0 ReCap

The Washington Capitals turned in one of their best performances of the season tonight en route to a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.  What started sloppy, became high scoring, and eventually became a circus.  It was the first shutout of the season for the Caps as well as their largest offensive outburst.  On to the reCap.

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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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