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POSTGAME 5: Getting the point

Flyers gain important point but fall in OT on a power-play goal, 2-1 to Caps

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

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED

The Flyers got on the board first after a scoreless first two periods, but Washington answered quickly and then got the OT winner to take down the Flyers, 2-1 in the Nation's Capital.

Despite a few power plays, the Flyers and Caps skated to a scoreless tie in the first period, while the second frame mirrored the first as the Caps dominated the first half of the period, while the Flyers came on and outplayed Washington towards the end. 

Sean Couturier finally broke the scoring drought 1:19 into the third period, but Dmitry Orlov scored 1:21 later to even the score again. Nicklas Backstrom then scored on the power play 3:25 into overtime. Steve Mason stopped 22 shots for the Flyers, while Braden Holtby turned away 30.

2. TURNING POINT
Tonight's game turned on an overtime tally by the Caps to extend their home winning streak to 15 games… Coming down the stretch in the third period, Steve Mason made the saves he had to and more, giving the Flyers the advantage and allowing them to control the play early in the overtime, but a holding call gave a dangerous power-play unit a full two minutes at 4 on 3 where Backstom finally converted.

3. THREE STARS

1 - Nicklas Backstrom: Scored his 20th of the season, which turned out to be his fourth game-winning goal and second in overtime.

2 - Braden Holtby: Stopped 30 of 31 shots for his 12th victory out of his last 13 starts, improving to 12-0-1. 

3 - Dmitry Orlov: Scored his fifth goal of the year, which brought the Capitals back from an 0-1 deficit 1:21 after the Flyers scored to open the game.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING

* Steve Mason started his third consecutive game. He is 2-0-1 in that stretch with a 0.96 GAA and a .969 save percentage.
 
* Travis Konecny returned to the lineup after missing the last nine games with a lower body injury. He recorded two shots on goal in 10:48 of ice time.
 
* Andrew MacDonald led the Flyers with seven blocked shots, five of which came in the first period. Radko Gudas led the Flyers with five hits.
 
* Ivan Provorov played 24:28, his second consecutive game of 24+ minutes.

5. THEY SAID ITVideo: Jakub Voracek on his hit and OT loss at CapsVideo: Dave Hakstol's postgame press conference

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