Caps rout the Flyers in Philly
No Alex Ovechkin for the Washington Capitals. No problem for the Washington Capitals.
With the team captain out tonight with an upper body injury, the Caps went into Well Fargo Center and routed the home team Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 7-0.
The Capitals only took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a goal by Nicklas Backstrom, the first of a two goal night for the Swede. Backstrom’s tally at the 17:28 mark broke the scoreless deadlock. The Backstrom goal was assisted by Martin Erat and Nate Schmidt. The Flyers out shot the Caps 8-4 in the first period.
The big damage came in the second period as the Capitals put up five goals, stunning the Wells Fargo crowd and ushering in a chorus of boos aimed right at the Flyers. Joel Ward started the onslaught taking a Steve Mason rebound and putting it passed the Flyers goalie. It was the first of two goals on the night for Ward. Originally, Mikhail Grabovski was credited with the goal, but it was changed to Ward in the third period. Grabo and Jason Chimera assisted the goal. Speaking of Chimera, he would put the Capitals up 3-0 on a mini-breakawy at the 2:44 mark, the goal that would end up chasing Mason to the bench. It was Chimera’s fifth of the season as he extended his career long goal scoring streak to four consecutive games.
Niklas Backstrom added his second of the game with a strong wrister just a minute later that went right past. Joe Ward scored later in the second period to make it 4-0 Caps. Ward’s tally was assisted by Grabovski and and Chimera. Troy Brouwer ended the second period assault with a Troy Brouwer goal on the power play. Washington out shot the Flyer 15-9 in the second period, with 5 of those 15 shots going in the net.
Ward topped off his first career hat trick at the 5:23 mark of the third period to put the Caps up 7-0. Wardo’s 6th of the season came on the man advantage. His goal also led to four different fights at one time, commencing with Tom Wilson and Wayne Simmonds, and a brawl that included a goalie fight between Braden Holtby and Ray Emory. Although Emory got the best of the fight, he also exited the rink and will likely face NHL discipline.
Braden Holtby stopped all 29 shutouts for another shutout. For special teams, the Washington man advantage was 2 for 7 and the penalty kill unit was a perfect 4 for 4.
Multi-Point Scoring Night:
Joel Ward: Hat Trick, 3 goals
Nicklas Backstrom: 2 goals, 1 assist
Jason Chimera: 1 goal, 3 assists
Martin Erat, 2 assists
Eric Fehr, 2 assists
Mikhail Grabovski, 3 assists
Jason Chimera has scored point in FOUR consecutive games and scored a goal in FOUR consecutive games.
Mikhail Grabovski has scored a point in FIVE consecutive games.
Mike Green has scored in THREE consecutive games.
Nate Schmidt has scored a point in THREE consecutive games.