Capitals 8, Flyers 2
New coach, same result for the Philadelphia Flyers.
With Peter Laviolette making his Flyers debut behind the bench,
Tomas Fleischmann and Mike Green scored two goals apiece, and
Nicklas Backstrom added a goal and four assists, leading the
streaking Washington Capitals to a 8-2 win over Philadelphia on
It was the seventh loss in eight games for the Flyers, who were
considered to be a Stanley Cup contender before the season.
Philadelphia fired coach John Stevens on Friday and hired
Laviolette to replace him.
Washington stormed ahead with three goals during a
momentum-changing 9-minute power play that began at 14:33 of the
first period and carried into the second. Dan Carcillo and Matt
Bradley got into a shoving match at center ice, and Philadelphia’s
Carcillo landed a big punch as Bradley was dropping his gloves.
“Obviously not the start we wanted,” defenseman Chris Pronger
said. “Getting down 1-0, the battle back to finally get a goal and
start feeling good about ourselves and shoot ourselves in the foot
with a nine-minute penalty that ultimately led to (three)
“From that you’re (4-1) and it starts to become pretty
embarrassing. We struggled on penalty killing. Until we get that
figured out, we’re going to be in this predicament again.”
The Southeast Division-leading Capitals didn’t miss two-time NHL
MVP Alex Ovechkin, who served the final game of a two-game
suspension. In winning its fifth straight, Washington set a season
high in goals scored.
Philadelphia’s poor play continued. The Capitals took a 1-0 lead
just 57 seconds in when Fleischmann knocked in a rebound off
Brendan Morrison’s slap shot.
Mika Pyorala tied it at 12:06, putting a rebound past goalie
Jose Theodore and ending Philadelphia’s goal-less streak at 172
minutes, 10 seconds. The Flyers’ previous goal was scored on Nov.
27 in the first period against Buffalo. They were shut out in
consecutive losses to Atlanta and Vancouver before Stevens was
The tide tied after Carcillo and Bradley tangled. Following
Carcillo’s punch, Bradley fell to the ice and left the game.
Despite being in the process of dropping his gloves, Bradley wasn’t
penalized. Carcillo received 19 minutes and a game misconduct,
resulting in the power play. The Flyers’ 18 penalty minutes per
game lead the NHL.
“I saw him drop his gloves, so I started punching,” said
Carcillo, who spoke with Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren after
the game. “It was pretty quick, and emotions took over. I’m not
happy about it. I thought we were in a fight. I don’t know why he
waited so long to drop his gloves. Once you see that, you’re in a
fight, and you start punching.”
“I hadn’t dropped my gloves yet,” Bradley said. “Maybe it’s
my fault for not expecting that, but I was willing to fight him.
Obviously, I didn’t get started.”
Philadelphia captain Mike Richards said he spoke with Carcillo
and reminded him about the consequences of undisciplined play.
“All I can do is hold people accountable in here, and I don’t
think it will happen again,” he said.
With the advantage, Fleischmann scored his second goal of the
game with 3:20 left in the period, on a wrist shot from just
outside the circle that beat Ray Emery to the glove side. Just 20
seconds later, Green scored on a wrist shot from the top of the
circle that sailed over Emery’s shoulder.
“Matt is one of the most popular players on the team, so when
somebody takes liberties with him like that, I think the guys
rallied around and wanted to make them pay,” Capitals coach Bruce
Boudreau said. “We didn’t want this to be for nothing.”
The Flyers trailed 4-1 after the power play.
Emery was pulled in the second period after allowing a goal to
Chris Clark. Brian Boucher came on and surrendered three more
Laviolette, who led the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup
championship in 2006, wants the Flyers to be a more disciplined
“I’ve never seen a nine-minute power play,” he said. “My
thought is the whole thing never should’ve happened. We got hit; we
should’ve skated away and kept playing. There ended up being a
confrontation. I didn’t see it after the two-minute original
penalty which shouldn’t have happened because if we’re going to go
to the (penalty) box in an undisciplined manner we’re not going to
win hockey games.
“It should’ve been avoided.”
NOTES: The eight goals were the most scored by the Capitals this
season and allowed by the Flyers.