The Capitals’ gauntlet of intra-division games continued on Sunday afternoon with a matinee meet-up with the Philadelphia Flyers. A combination of factors led to the extinguishing of Washington’s win streak, but at least Jason Chimera earned some good will.
Starting on the top line, Jay Beagle quickly squandered the opportunity with an offensive-zone penalty that Claude Girioux converted for a goal. Wayne Simmonds made it 2-0 Flyers in the second period by knocking in a rebound.
Two-goal hole. Big trouble, but then the secondary scoring showed up. Tom Wilson nabbed a turnover forced by Michael Latta to get the Caps on the board, then Joel Ward knuckled a loose puck to tie it up before the second intermission.
The Flyers were buzzing late in the third and finally broke though when Michael Del Zotto ripped one through traffic and past Holtby to put the Flyers up late. The Caps had a late-game power play, but couldn’t come back. Bummer.
Flyers beat Caps 3-2.
Apropos of nothing, and in lieu of a Joe B suit of the day, this is how Caps goalie coach responded to our tweet about top-line Beagle:
— Mitch Korn (@mitchkorncaps) February 22, 2015
(I love him.)
That wasn’t the best performance by the Capitals, nor was it the best lineup. A bad power play and a diminished top line gave the Flyers the edge– despite Braden Holtby’s better efforts. So much for the win streak.
Alright, no hockey till Wednesday night. It’s the dang Penguins again, and they’re gonna be ornery. See you then.
p.s. Snapshot coming tonight.
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