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POSTGAME 5: Capital Loss

Caps weather early storm from Flyers to walk away with a 4-1 win

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Caps scored the first two and the last two goals of the game to take a 4-1 victory over the Flyers on Wednesday night.

The opening periods saw a combined 27 shots on goal, 14-13 in favor of the Flyers, but the Caps took a 2-0 lead… The Flyers seemingly kicked off the scoring just 27 seconds into the game as Jakub Voracek put in a rebound, but the Caps challenged for goaltender interference on Dale Weise and won, reversing the call on the ice.

The Flyers fought back to get within one goal as Brayden Schenn scored his 19th goal of the year on a deflection from Brandon Manning seven minutes into the second period… The Caps regained their two-goal lead with two minutes left in the period as Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his second of the night by firing the puck off of defenseman Radko Gudas and between the legs of Michal Neuvirth.

TJ Oshie scored the only goal of the third period to lead the Caps back into the win column after dropping two straight heading into tonight.

2. TURNING POINT
Tonight's turning point came on the first Capitals goal… The Flyers came firing right out of the gate, putting pressure on Washington, scoring an early goal that was overturned and dominating them in shots, but couldn't solve Braden Holtby… Evgeny Kuznetsov's goal to open the scoring put the Flyers behind again, deflating their momentum and forced them to play catch up hockey the rest of the way.Video: Highlights & locker room reaction after a tough loss

3. THREE STARS

1 - Evgeny Kuznetsov: Recorded two of the four goals including what proved to be the eventual game winner, for his second multi-goal game of the year.

2 - TJ Oshie: Set up the first Caps goal and added his 24th of the year scoring the final goal of the night.

3 - Brayden Schenn: Scored the lone Flyers goal, his 19th of the year, to extend his goal scoring streak to three straight games.Video: WSH@PHI: Schenn deflects Manning's blast into the net
 
4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* The Flyers had 16 of their 18 skaters record at least one shot on goal with 11 of those 16 recording at least two shots on goal… Radko Gudas, Ivan Provorov and Sean Couturier led the way with four shots each.

* Brayden Schenn posted his 19th goal of the year, which ranks second on the team, and recorded his first even strength goal since Jan. 8. 

* Schenn now has a three-game goal-scoring streak with four points in that stretch.

* Up next, the Flyers hit the road again to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2017 Stadium Series outdoor game at Heinz Field on Saturday at 8 p.m. on NBC & 97.5 The Fanatic.

5. THEY SAID IT
"No. To be honest with you I was trying to brace myself so I didn't pull him over and it comes back the other way. I don't know what else to do there. I'm trying to poke the puck with one hand and brace myself so I don't hit him."
- Dale Weise Video: Weise on key goalie interference call

"We keep telling that we've been playing pretty well but lose a lot of hockey games. We just got to find a way. Yeah we did a lot of good things. We had a few chances and didn't get the bounce at the beginning and they might have got it but that's just the way it goes. They've been winning a lot of hockey games. Then you got the bounce a little bit on the other side right now. We have to find a way to turn it around, to get the bounces, just to get a little bit lucky out there, and to get the ugly goal. It's tough. It's frustrating. But it's also the bloody truth." 
- Mark Streit

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