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 fired
coach John Stevens on Friday and hired Laviolette to replace
The Southeast Division-leading Capitals didn’t miss two-time NHL
MVP Alex Ovechkin, who served the final game of a two-game
suspension. Washington won its fifth straight.
Philadelphia’s poor play continued, as 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, knocking 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
Washington stormed ahead with three goals during a 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.
Bradley fell to the ice and left the game. Carcillo received 19
minutes of penalties and a game misconduct, resulting in the power
play. The Flyers’ 18 penalty minutes per game lead the league.
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.
Emery was pulled in the second period after allowing a goal to
Chris Clark, and Brian Boucher came on and surrendered three more
NOTES: The eight goals were the most scored by the Capitals this
season and allowed by the Flyers.