Call it a gutsy effort, call it one for their fallen teammates, call it domination in DC, but whatever you want to call it, you can call it a total team victory.
The Flyers came into Washington D.C. to face a Capitals team that had dominated them in their home building, and turned the tables by out-working them, beating them to every puck and coming out of the corners each time with possession to control the action.
They didn't allow any energy in the building from the start, recording the first goal of the game and holding a 1-0 first-period lead.
The Flyers improved their mark to 13-3-3 when recording the game's first goal and a perfect 12-0-0 record when leading after one period of play.
The Flyers had 13 of their 18 players record at least a point with 16 of 18 players recording at least one shot in the game that wasn’t supposed to go their way following a string of injuries to key players in the lineup.
The Flyers received all five goals from different players, while the defensive tandem of Matt Carle and Marc-Andre Bourdon posted a plus-3 on the night. Carle had two assists and Bourdon recorded his first NHL goal.
Speaking of the defense, tonight was just the fourth time in 24 games against the Flyers that Alex Ovechkin has not recorded a point.
The Capitals came in winning three of their last four games, but yielded to the Flyers streak which has now hit six straight wins, four of which have come on the road.
This streak has seen no shortage of offense despite the injuries either. In five of the six games, the Flyers have recorded four or more goals and have averaged 4.33 goals per-game. They continue to lead the NHL in goals and are the first and only team to break the 100-goal mark on the season (106).
Scott Hartnell extended his career-high streak of consecutive games with a goal to six when he scored his 200th NHL goal in the first period. It’s the longest goal-scoring streak for a Flyer since Jeff Carter scored in six consecutive games from Feb. 8 to March 3, 2010. Hartnell has a chance to tie his career-high for overall consecutive games with a point (seven) on Thursday in Montreal.
Hartnell’s streak ties Patric Hornqvist of Nashville as the longest goal-scoring streak in the NHL this season.
Wayne Simmonds has scored in three consecutive games, which is also a career high. He’d scored in two consecutive games twice in his career.
This is the first time the Flyers have beaten Washington in regulation since Feb. 24, 2009. The Caps were 7-0-3 against the Flyers in 10 games since then.
The Flyers are now 11-3-1 on the road this season. The Flyers have never had 11 wins in their first 15 road games before this season. The Flyers are on pace for 30 road wins, which would shatter the franchise record of 24 road wins set in 2002-03.
Bryzgalov shut the door early on, fighting off back-to-back power-plays given to the Caps within the first 12 minutes of the game and facing pressure in the zone almost the entire time.
Bryzgalov also stopped the tandem of Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, who had two good scoring chances on one-timers in the first period.
The only blemish on Bryzgalov’s night was a bouncing rebound that caught the inside of the net to get the Capitals on the board. The game was securely in-hand by that point as Bryzgalov and the Flyers cruised to their sixth straight victory.
“I’m really happy. It was, I thought, one of our better team games; just a complete start to finish, all lines, all defensemen, goaltender and everybody going.” - Peter Laviolette
“We have another game in two days so it’s one of those things where we have a lot of young guys and a lot of older guys; we keep saying that we can enjoy this today, but tomorrow is a new day.” - Kimmo Timonen
“I worked really hard this summer and really hard down there [Adirondack] too. I changed my practice habits and I think it paid off.” - Marc-Andre Bourdon
Tonight's turning point came at the 14:19 mark of the second period when Wayne Simmonds tallied the Flyers third goal.
After getting out to a 2-0 lead, the Caps were in the game with still half of it to go.
Simmonds planted himself in front of starting goaltender Tomas Vokoun and deflected a shot from the point by Andrej Meszaros to give the Flyers a three-goal lead.
The goal gave the Flyers even more confidence and the notion to throw pucks at the net. Just over three minutes later, Max Talbot recorded his eighth goal of the year to give the Flyers a 4-0 lead.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Marc-Andre Bourdon poses with his 1st NHL goal puck.
Flyers 5, Capitals 1 Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Scott Hartnell extended his goal-scoring streak to six games, Marc-Andre Bourdon got his first NHL goal and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 5-1 Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.
Philadelphia, which owns the best record in the Eastern Conference, built a 4-0 lead in the second period and coasted to the finish. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 31 shots, the lone flaw in his performance a tap-in by Jeff Halpern with 6:01 left.