Skip to main content
playoffs

Five reasons the Flyers were eliminated

Could not overcome lack of scoring, size against Capitals

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers were six points out of a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Feb. 18.

They went 16-6-4 in their final 26 games and clinched the second wild card in the Eastern Conference with a win in their second-to-last game of the regular season

All the momentum they built during that run, however, was wiped out in six games by the Washington Capitals.

View More
playoffs

Five reasons Capitals advanced

Holtby, special teams too much for Flyers

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

The Washington Capitals were the victors in a hard-fought six-game Eastern Conference First Round series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Washington shut out Philadelphia in Games 1 and 6, scored five power-play goals in Game 3 and dominated practically every area on the ice during the series, despite being shut out in Game 5. Special teams were a deciding factor; eight of Washington's 14 goals in the series were scored on the power play and its penalty kill shut down the Flyers.

Here are five reasons the Capitals advanced to the second round:

View More
playoffs

Flyers' power play fails against Capitals

Philadelphia's missed 5-on-3 chance in Game 6 highlights struggle throughout first-round series

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers had the perfect situation in the second period of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. 

Nicklas Backstrom, one of the Capitals' top penalty killers, was in the penalty box for four minutes because of a high-sticking double-minor. Five seconds later, he was joined by teammate Matt Niskanen, giving the Flyers a two-minute, 5-on-3 advantage. 

View More
playoffs

Capitals finish off Flyers, prepare for Penguins

Washington prevents Game 7 vs. Philadelphia; Second-round series against Pittsburgh features star power

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- In the moments following the Washington Capitals' 1-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday, the sound of clapping and some cheering could be heard in the hallway outside the celebratory visiting locker room at Wells Fargo Center.

After finishing off the Flyers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round, the Capitals could finally exhale and get ready for a star-powered second-round matchup with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

View More
playoffs

Game 6 win special for Capitals

Killing off Flyers' 5-on-3 advantage turned clinching victory around for Washington

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

PHILADELPHIA -- After killing off a two-minute 5-on-3 power play early in the second period of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers, the momentum shift for the Washington Capitals was tangible.

"The 5-on-3 today, if we don't get through that, this building probably explodes," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said.

View More
playoffs

Instant analysis: Flyers vs. Capitals, Game 6

Washington's talent proves too much for resilient Philadelphia team

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday to win the best-of-7 series 4-2.

Nicklas Backstrom's goal 8:59 into the second period gave the Capitals their first lead since the end of their 6-1 win in Game 3 and ended Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth's shutout streak at 106 minutes and 21 seconds. That was enough for Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, who made 26 saves for his second shutout of the series.

The Capitals advance to the second round to face the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins, who dispatched the New York Rangers in five games in their first-round series. It will be the second playoff series -- and first since 2010 -- between Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

View More
game recap

Capitals defeat Flyers to advance to second round

Backstrom scores, Holtby has shutout in 1-0 win in Game 6; Washington plays Pittsburgh next

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal in the Capitals' 1-0 victory of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday.

The Capitals won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. The Penguins defeated the New York Rangers in five games in their first-round series.

View More
playoffs

Flyers giving out 'Stay Classy Philly' T-shirts

Promotion based partly on PA announcer's message to disgruntled fans during Game 3

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers public address announcer Lou Nolan was the voice of the organization's embarrassment in the third period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Washington Capitals. 

Now he's the face of a giveaway T-shirt for fans attending Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday (12 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

View More
playoffs

Five keys for Flyers vs. Capitals, Game 6

Pressure is on Washington against Neuvirth, Philadelphia

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers play Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday (noon ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The Capitals lead the best-of-7 series 3-2, but the Flyers won the past two games.

Here are five keys for Game 6:

View More
game preview

Capitals aim to play with confidence in Game 6

Washington looks to end series Sunday after losing two straight to Philadelphia

by Katie Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

Game 6: CAPITALS at FLYERS

Eastern Conference First Round

Washington leads best-of-7 series 3-2

TV: Noon ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports

Since 2008, when the Washington Capitals qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time after selecting Alex Ovechkin with the No. 1 pick at the 2004 NHL Draft, they have lost four of five best-of-7 series they led by two games at some point.

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.