The Washington Capitals jumped out to a commanding lead early in Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, but a late-game surge by the home team almost made it interesting. Almost.
Tom Wilson scored the game’s first goal, taking a pass from Ovi on his knees. Brett Connolly made it 2-0 with an in-and-out goal that required an official review to be ruled a goal.
In the second period, Alex Ovechkin got left alone on the Ovi Spot to record his 46h goal of the season. Andre Burakovsky stayed red hot with a solo effort, then Nicklas Backstrom caught a goal-line pass from Jakub Vrana to roof the five-spot. Before the second period was up, Claude Giroux set up rookie Philippe Myers for his first NHL goal.
Giroux opened the third period with an early goal as well, and the Caps’ lead diminished to two with 12 minutes left when Scott Laughton got a clear shot up the slot past Holtby.
Caps win! Five in a row!