The evil geniuses at NBC Sports knew what they were getting when they secured the Capitals and Flyers for Rivalry Night. This was a nasty game, even if the Caps won it handily.
Nick Backstrom opened up the scoring with a rare call-his-own-number snipe, then Evgeny Kuznetsov did the same on the power play. The Flyers struck back with a Brayden Schenn goal from way outside. Things looked grim, but then Kuznetsov added an another with a tip-in by Radko Gudas. Alex Ovechkin woke up in the fourth, crashing the net to make it 4-1 with a final touch by TJ Oshie.
Caps beat Flyers 4-1! But man, was that ugly.
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) February 23, 2017
Dmitry Orlov what are you doing to your upper lip of the night
It’s a nice win to take from an ugly game, but if the Caps miss Matt Niskanen, their best defenseman, for any length of time, it will quickly hurt their on-ice performance. If that’s the price for two standings points in February, it’s not worth it. Yech. I hate Flyers games. It’s like winning means less to them.
Now everyone join me in wishing happy birthday to Elyse!
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