Washington Capitals Defeat Flyers 6-1; Take 3-0 Series Lead
In Game 3 of their 7-game series, the Washington Capitals Defeat Flyers to take a 3-0 series lead.
On a night when the late Ed Snider was honored, the Wells Fargo Center was rocking for Game 3 between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers had hoped to use that emotion to come roaring out of the gate and establish their first lead of the series.
It didn’t take long as Michael Raffl hammered home a rebound off a Brandon Manning shot to score his first career playoff goal just 57 seconds in. After getting exactly the start they had hoped for, the Flyers set the tone early in this game.
Once again, however, it was the Capitals power play making the difference. Just minutes later, the Caps tied the game on the man advantage. Shortly thereafter, they used a neutral zone turnover that found Alex Ovechkin jumping off the bench going into the Flyers zone one-on-one with defenseman Radko Gudas. He fired a quick wrist shot that seemed to catch goaltender Steve Mason off guard and snuck underneath his glove.
After that, in somewhat of a microcosm of this series for the Flyers, Justin Williams innocently fired the puck into the boards in the Flyers’ zone and it took a crazy carom that saw the puck end up in front of Mason’s net. Evgeny Kuznetsov pounced and put it past the Flyers goalie to make it 3-1.
As if a 3-1 3rd period deficit against a team that hadn’t blown one in regulation all season wasn’t enough, the Caps once again went on the power play and once again cashed in. With the score 4-1 and the game seemingly over, Flyers’ forward Pierre-Eduard Bellemare was called for a 5:00 hitting from behind major on what was an awkward hit into the boards of Dmitry Orlov. Orlov was able to get up under his own power, but the hit was enough to warrant the major penalty.
Immediately following the hit, a brawl ensued between everyone on the ice aside from the goalies. In the end, the Flyers were given two game misconducts and the Caps went back to the power play for the full 5:00, where they added two unnecessary tallies to bring their game total to FIVE. They completed a dominant 6-1 victory.
The Flyers now face the daunting task of trying to come back from a 3-0 playoff series deficit. If anything is on their side it’s the fact that, of the four teams to ever complete such a comeback, the 2010 Flyers were the third team to do it on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Another interesting and contradictory stat to point out is that the Washington Capitals have never won a playoff series in which they jumped out to a 2-0 lead. This was actually the first time in such a situation that they won game 3 so that stat could be moot.
After watching each game in this series, I don’t foresee the Flyers magically turning things around, but you never know. That’s why many regard the NHL playoffs as the best of the four major sports.
With their backs against the wall, the Flyers will have to muster up any fight they have left in hopes of avoiding the sweep Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
(Washington Capitals Defeat Flyers)