1. WRONG FOOT AGAIN The Flyers got off on the wrong foot tonight by allowing the first goal to the opposition again for the fourth straight game. The Caps scored just 26 seconds in. The period would end with the Flyers down 1-0, and although not as severe as the previous games, another comeback was the task at hand.
2. THE PENALTY SHOT Midway through the second period, a penalty shot was awarded to the Capitals after Matt Carle attempted to poke check Washington center Marcus Johansson on a breakaway play. Bryzgalov aggressively shut down Johansson to keep the score tied at 1-1. The stop was a game-changer especially considering the Flyers had just evened the game on a semi-breakaway goal from Claude Giroux.
3. THE GROSSMANN EFFECT Nicklas Grossmann made his presence known tonight in the defensive zone. Grossmann recorded a total of six hits on the night, the highest total of both teams AND double the amount of the next closest Flyer. Additionally, Grossmann appeared in over 20 minutes of time-on-ice.
4. SHOOT TO THRILL The Flyers earned a valuable extra point in the standings thanks to Wayne Simmonds' game-winning goal in the fourth round of the shootout. Ilya Bryzgalov denied three of the Caps four shooters while Matt Read got the Flyers on the board by leading the shootout off with a nice shot through Holtby's five-hole.
5. ONE-GOAL IS ALL IT TAKES For the third time in their last four games, the Flyers found themselves yet again in extra time and for the second straight time they emerged victorious. The Flyers have now had five straight games decided by one goal, going 3-1-1, while improving their record to 26-4-5 in one-goal games.
Tonight marked the sixth time this month that Ilya Bryzgalov has been named the #1 star of the game. He now has a 9-1-1 record, a 1.27 GAA and a .956 save percentage in the month of March.
Tonight’s standout star of the game is Ilya Bryzgalov, who only allowed just one goal on 31 shots and denied three of the four Capitals in the shootout for his ninth victory in the month of March.
Bryzgalov shut out the Capitals in the second, third and overtime periods, after allowing an early goal. A key turning point of the game is when Bryz effectively poke checked the attempted deke on Caps' Marcus Johansson on a penalty shot.
He also made a tough pad save on Alex Ovechkin and flashed some leather on a save from defenseman Mike Green towards the end of the second period.
"We are just trying to take it one game at a time and win some games. We will see how it goes. That's what we are trying to do, just win the games. It is nice when you win the games because it is a good attitude and good mood in the locker room. It is fun." - Ilya Bryzgalov
"Yeah you know it's always good to get that extra point. Every night you know it's going to be a battle unfortunately we went down early again but yeah we're really resilient and we never give up." - Wayne Simmonds
For the Flyers, the flow of the game shifted after Giroux’s second period goal.
Capitalizing on a takeway, Giroux took a perfectly placed long pass from Jaromir Jagr, fought off a Caps defenseman and to top it all off, toe dragged the puck around Capitals goalkeeper Braden Holtby to tie the game up at 1-1.
The Flyers would shut down the Caps in the second period and remainder of the game which included a penalty shot opportunity by Marcus Johansson to give Washington the lead again, but Bryzgalov was there to deny him.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Ilya Bryzgalov stops Marcus Johansson on a penalty shot in the 2nd period.
Flyers 2, Capitals 1 Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds scored shootout goals to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
Claude Giroux scored his 27th goal for the Flyers, and Alex Ovechkin had his 33rd for the Capitals.
Read scored on the first shot of the shootout against Braden Holtby, and Matt Hendricks beat Ilya Bryzgalov on Washington's first attempt.