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POSTGAME 5: Downed in DC

Flyers suffer 5-0 loss at Washington to enter bye week

by @NHLFlyers

The Flyers held the Washington Capitals to just 10 shots in the first two periods and were down 1-0 after 40 minutes, but the Caps scored four goals in five minutes early in the third period to take the 5-0 win. 

Alex Burakovsky put Washington on the board 9:08 into the second period, and then Matt Niskanen and Justin Williams each scored two goals during the third-period flurry. 

Steve Mason stopped 12 of 17 shots in 46:36 before yielding to Michal Neuvirth, who stopped five shots the rest of the way. Phillip Grubauer made 24 saves to earn the shutout.

Justin Williams goal at the beginning of the third period to put the Caps up, 2-0, put the Flyers comeback attempt at a halt and made the uphill climb a little steeper. The play began in the corner as Caps' forward Marcus Johnasson took the puck behind the net and slid a nifty pass behind him to Williams who roofed it in close on Mason for his first goal of the night. The Caps tallied three more goals in quick succession to put the game out of reach.Video: Coach Dave Hakstol on the loss at Washington


1 - Phillip Grubauer: Stopped all 24 shots he faced for his second career shutout.

2 - Matt Niskanen: Recorded two goals and was a +4 while logging close to 26 minutes of ice time.

3 - Justin Williams: Posted two goals for his 27th career multi-goal game and his second of the season. 


* The Flyers now enter their bye week, and will next be in action on Saturday the 21st when they host the New Jersey Devils.

* The Flyers held Washington to 10 shots in the first two periods, which set a season low for shots allowed through 40 minutes. The Flyers allowed 11 to Montreal through two periods on November 5.
* Mark Streit led the Flyers with five shots on goal and eight total attempts. The Flyers had 56 total shot attempts, with 32 not reaching the next in addition to the 24 that did.
* The Flyers became the fourth team to be shut out by Washington since December 31. They're the sixth team in that timespan (nine games) against which the Capitals have scored five or more goals. That includes a 6-0 Washington win over Chicago and a 5-0 win over Columbus.
* The Flyers faced just two shorthanded situations in the game after giving up a total of 14 shorthanded situations over the past two games.
* Radko Gudas led the Flyers with six hits, while Michael Del Zotto added four.
5. THEY SAID ITVideo: Giroux talks about the loss at Washington

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