The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers played a mostly sleepy game through 40 minutes. Then the third period happened.
Washington exploded for four goals in five minutes. To complete the scoring, Nicklas Backstrom found Justin Williams with a no-look, between-the-legs pass. The tally gave the three-time Stanley Cup champion his 14th goal of the season.
It was Backstrom’s second stunning assist of the period.
After taking a pass from Brooks Orpik, Backstrom either saw something from the Flyers defense or simply had a hunch Williams would be wide open. So he sent a pitchforked a pass through his legs on his backhand.
It was an easy goal.
“This one, it just kind of snowballed into a bad thing for them,” Just Williams said to NHL.com’s Katie Brown. “We scored a bunch of goals in a few minutes and all of a sudden it looks lopsided. I didn’t really care for our start. I thought we were kind of slow, not many shots. But our goalie seemed to be not letting anything in. It’s always nice.”
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