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3/30/16 Capitals vs. Flyers

game recap

Flyers score late, defeat Capitals in shootout

Philadelphia moves two points ahead of Detroit for Eastern wild card

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

Gagner's game-winner in shootout

WSH@PHI: Gagner clinches the win for the Flyers

3/30/16: Sam Gagner unleashes a wrist shot through Braden Holtby's legs in the shootout, clinching the win for the Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time this season, the Philadelphia Flyers have a lead in the race for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Nick Cousins and Sam Gagner scored the shootout to give the Flyers a 2-1 win against the Washington Capitals at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

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game preview

Flyers face Capitals in potential playoff preview

Win extends Philadelphia's lead for second wild-card spot in East; Washington's Oshie game-time decision

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

CAPITALS (54-16-5) at FLYERS (37-25-13) 

TV: 8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360

PHILADELPHIA -- It could be a preview of an Eastern Conference First Round series when the Washington Capitals play the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

A win by the Flyers would go a long way toward cementing that future matchup.

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Weekes on the Web

Flyers resume playoff push vs. Capitals

Philadelphia desperate for points; Washington has clinched Presidents' Trophy

by Kevin Weekes @KevinWeekes / NHL Network Analyst

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season, Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The Washington Capitals clinched the Presidents' Trophy with a 4-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday. They have seven games remaining and, although those games are meaningless in the standings, the Capitals want to win every one of them.

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

Schenn now sure thing for Flyers

Forward has been filling net for Philadelphia since trade of older brother Luke

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- For most of the past four seasons, Luke Schenn and Brayden Schenn's paths ran on parallel lines as teammates with the Philadelphia Flyers.

But on Jan. 6, as they waited to board a plane for a game the next day at the Minnesota Wild, a fork suddenly appeared in the road.

Luke, 26, was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. Brayden, 24, went on to Minnesota alone.

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Wednesday Night Rivalry

Flyers hope climb continues vs. Capitals

Giroux leads Philadelphia against Holtby, Presidents' Trophy winners

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

The Washington Capitals have climbed as far as they can until the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin; they've already clinched the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's top regular-season team. The Philadelphia Flyers are scrambling for a playoff berth, and they can help themselves by defeating the Capitals at Wells Fargo Center in the latest Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN360).

The Capitals have dominated the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference for most of the season. Not so for the Flyers; they've had to dig their way out of an early hole and are battling for one of the final playoff spots in the East, and a potential first-round series against the Capitals.

As the Capitals get ready for the playoffs and the Flyers strive to get in, here are four players helping their teams make the climb:

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