The Washington Capitals finally met the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time this season, which is good because I was worried they’d get better before it happened. That turns out not to be the case, so here’s the story of how the Caps got two points off the Flyera.
Tom Wilson put the Caps on the scoreboard by tipping in Jakub Vrana’s pass from the goal mouth. Jakub Voracek replied with a fine goal after an unfortunate turnover by Michal Kempny.
In the second period, TJ Oshie slayed his mini-slump by deflecting a point shot from Lars Eller to restore the Caps lead. Vrana doubled that lead with a solo rush goal created from a turnover he forced, then he added a power-play goal just for fun.
The Flyers pushed hard late in the third, paying off in a greasy goal for Wayne Simmonds. In a chaotic final couple minutes Claude Giroux one-timed a goal to make it close, but Oshie sunk an empty-netter right afterwards.
Caps win 5-3!
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) January 9, 2019
This was a fine game. Watching this game was a much better use of your time than watching any other DC-based television events.
The Caps head up to Boston now. The Bs are looking mighty right now. Should be another good one. Definitely don’t watch the news instead.
Headline photo: Patrick McDermott
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