In Game Three, the Washington Capitals magnanimously spotted an early goal to the grieving Philadelphia Flyers. But dirty play by the home team squandered that good will, so the Flyers had to be put down. Without mercy.
Philadelphia, feeling the high of a pregame tribute to Ed Snider, scored in the first minute off the stick of Michael Raffl. The Caps returned fire with a power-play goal, Marcus Johansson’s tip-in of John Carlson’s slapper.
Alex Ovechkin scored the lone goal of the second period, the end result of some great neutral-zone work by the top line.
In the third, Evgeny Kuznetsov joined the rodeo, grabbing a weird bounce and pantsing Steve Mason to put the Flyers in a two-goal hole. Alex Ovechkin buried it during a supersized power play late in the game, but a bunch of hardcore Philly fans had already headed towards the exit by then. They didn’t even see Jay Beagle make it a six spot.
Caps beat Flyers 6-1! Caps take a 3-0 series lead!
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 19, 2016
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Joe B suit of the night
Secondary scoring in the postseason? I didn’t know this was possible. It’s such a new feeling– watching goals come easy, having absolute unwavering faith in the goaltender, waiting with rapt excitement for who will score next.
This is the most fun I’ve had watching Caps playoff hockey in 7 years.
The opponent gets frustrated? The Caps bury them in goals. The other team gets dirty? The Caps bury them in goals. The opponent’s fans throw trash and then leave to beat traffic? Goals, goals goals. There is no better response. Except for possibly dancing. Let’s dance.
For the first time in franchise history, Washington has a 3-0 series lead. On Wednesday the Caps have a chance at a sweep, which would be appropriate given the rancid trash that has been Flyers hockey this series.
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