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POSTGAME 5: Caps use offense to take down Flyers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers got on top with an early goal from Scott Laughton and led 2-1 early in the second period off a power-play goal from Claude Giroux. But from then on it was all Capitals, who scored four unanswered goals en route to a 5-2 win… Steve Mason made his return in net and stopped 27 shots in the loss, while the Flyers fired 20 shots on Caps’ goaltender Braden Holtby… The Flyers used their first “Coaches Challenge” in team history since it was implemented into the NHL this season. They were successful in challenging an offsides, which resulted in a no-goal for Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals.

The turning point in the game came on a power-play goal from Jason Chimera late in the second period which put the Caps up by a score of 4-2 heading into the third period… From there the Flyers posted nine shots on goal in the third period, but never gained momentum,  nor received a power-play opportunity, to cut the lead to one and climb back into the game… Washington tacked on another goal with just over six minutes left to seal the victory.
1ST - Jason Chimera: Recorded two goals and an assist for a three-point night in 13:38 of ice-time and first multi-goal game of the season.

2ND - Justin Williams: The former Flyer recorded the game-winning goal, his third tally of the season, and added an assist on the game-tying goal. He had three shots on net in nearly 16 minutes of ice time (15:56)

3RD - Scott Laughton: Posted his third goal of the season and gave the Flyers the start they needed with the opening goal.
The Flyers had 29 shot attempts that didn’t reach the net – 15 that were blocked and 14 that missed… Wayne Simmonds had seven attempts, while Claude Giroux had six and Jake Voracek had four… With his goal tonight, Claude Giroux now has five points in his last three meetings against the Caps… Simmonds also had six hits, while Radko Gudas, Michael Raffl and Chris VandeVelde registered five each… Gudas now has 68 hits in 13 games this season and has five hits or more in nine of his 13 games.
“Tough spot right now. It’s not fun losing and the only way we can get out of it is sticking together here. It’s going to be the guys in this room that pull us out of it. That’s all we can do.”
(Scott Laughton)

“I don’t think we’re shooting the puck enough. I think we’re turning down too many opportunities, not necessarily on grade A opportunities but entering the zone getting pucks to the net that’s something that we’ve got to do a better job of and something were talking about.”
(Dave Hakstol)
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