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Flyers 4, Capitals 3, 2OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Mike Vogel  - Senior Writer

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Flyers 4, Capitals 3, 2OT
Washington Capitals 3, Philadelphia Flyers 4

The Less Said, The Better – The Caps played a strong and solid hockey game in Philadelphia on Thursday night, easily their best game of the series to date. In the end, the Flyers were credited with one more goal than Washington was credited with. Philly wins.

Game 5 is at Verizon Center at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

OT Heartache – Each of Washington’s last two overtime playoff games has been a multiple-overtime affair, and the Capitals have come up on the short end of both contests.

Prior to Thursday’s overtime setback against Philadelphia, Washington absorbed a triple-overtime defeat in Game 6 of its 2003 first-round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Apr. 20, 2003. The Lightning’s Martin St. Louis supplied the game-winner in that one.

The New York Islanders’ Pat Lafontaine, Brian Mullen and Ray Ferraro, the Penguins’ Petr Nedved and the Bruins’ Darren Van Impe are the other players who have victimized the Caps in a multiple-overtime contest over the years.

Washington’s last win in a multiple-overtime playoff contest came on Apr. 26, 1998 when Joé Juneau gave the Caps a win in double-overtime against the Bruins. Juneau and Mike Gartner are the only Caps who have ever scored a double-overtime game-winner for Washington. Gartner scored his in double-overtime against the Islanders on Apr. 11, 1985.

The Caps are now 14-18 all-time in overtime games and are 8-11 in overtime playoff games on the road. Washington is now 2-2 in overtime playoff games against the Flyers.

The Caps have now lost four consecutive overtime playoff contests. Washington has lost seven of its last eight Stanley Cup playoff games overall.

Shot Selection – Once again, the Caps finished the game with more intended shots that missed their mark – 28 were blocked and 18 missed the net – than shots on goal (41).

In the four games in this series, the Capitals have 111 shots on goal. They have had 85 shots blocked and have missed the net with 62 of their tries. For the series, Washington has gotten just 43% of its intended shots on goal. The Caps got 47% of their shots on net in Thursday’s game.

Caps left winger Alex Ovechkin led the NHL with 446 shots on goal during the regular season, the second most shots on goal ever and an average of about 5.5 shots on goal per game. Tonight, Ovechkin had one shot on goal, three shots blocked and six shots that missed the net.

For the series, Ovechkin has 13 shots on goal (3.25 per game), 14 shots that have been blocked, and 14 that have missed the net for a shots on goal rate of just 31.7%.

Borrowed Lid –
Ovechkin’s helmet was damaged in an early-game scrum, and he was forced to borrow the bucket of teammate Boyd Gordon. When Ovechkin made the pass to set up Nicklas Backstrom’s power play goal at 2:41 of the first, he was wearing Gordon’s visorless helmet.

As one observer upstairs commented, “It looks like one of those Slapshot Sundae helmets on his head.”

Three Firsts -- Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Steve Eminger each netted their first career Stanley Cup playoff goals on Thursday.

Make It Stop – When Philly’s Jeff Carter netted his second goal of the game at 18:33 of the first period, it marked the fourth consecutive period in which Washington surrendered a goal within the final two minutes of the frame.

Better Than Usual –
Even though Carter’s goal prevented the Caps from taking a 2-1 lead to the first intermission, Thursday was the first time in three games that the Caps were not down by two goals after 20 minutes. It also marks the first game of the series in which the Caps were never down by two goals at any point in the contest.

44 Caliber – Eminger skated 21:27 in Thursday’s game, the most he has logged since Apr. 4, 2007 when he skated 21:38 in a game against the Thrashers in Atlanta.

Eminger scored his first NHL playoff goal on Thursday, his first NHL goal since Jan. 16, 2007 in Ottawa. He turned in a strong game overall, recording a plus-1 and dishing out five hits on the night.

“I’ve been playing or practicing all year,” said Eminger on Wednesday. “I’m not going to change anything. I thought my first [playoff] game was pretty solid. That’s the way I’m going to play, [be] physical and make the simple pass. Hopefully we can get things turned around.”

Good Boys – Philadelphia was whistled for one minor penalty – a delay of game call on defenseman Braydon Coburn for knocking the net off its moorings in the final minute of the second period – in the final 73:54 of Thursday night’s game.  

A Night Off – The person responsible for the in-game entertainment at Wachovia Center was apparently given the night off on Thursday. For an hour or so before the game, the scoreboard showed nothing but quotes clipped from Washington Post columnist Mike Wise’s Wednesday piece.

Nice that they would supply patrons with reading material, but odd that there was nothing that compelling in any of the local papers.

A First – Mike Knuble’s overtime game-winner was the first game-winning goal of the veteran winger’s 27-game Stanley Cup playoff career.

Multiple Overtime Winner – Knuble’s game-winner was the fifth multiple-overtime game-winning goal in Flyers history, and the team’s first ever in Philadelphia.

Knuble joins Don Blackburn (Apr. 16, 1968 at STL), Ken Linseman (Apr. 11, 1980 at EDM), Keith Primeau (May 4, 2000 at PIT) and Mark Recchi (Apr. 16, 2003 at TOR) among Flyers who have netted an overtime playoff game-winner beyond the first overtime.

Derian Haters? – Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher worked hard to come back from a broken leg, and this is the thanks he gets. When Hatcher went to the penalty box for slashing at 12:46 of the first period, the Wachovia Center crowd responded with loud chants of, “a**hole, a**hole!”

Tough town. ;)

Condolences – To Flyers defenseman Jaroslav Modry on the loss of his father, who passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Down on the Farm – Congratulations to the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, who have advanced to the second round of the Kelly Cup playoffs. The Rays fell into an 0-2 hole in their best-of-five opening round series against the Augusta Lynx, but the Stingrays eliminated the Lynx last night after winning three straight with their backs against the proverbial wall.

Next up for the Stingrays, a best-of-five set against the Gwinnett Gladiators. Game 1 is Friday night at North Charleston Coliseum and Game 2 is at the same venue on Saturday.


scoring summary
1st Period
Jeff Carter (2) ASST: Mike Knuble (3), Scottie Upshall (2)
1 - 0 PHI
PPG - Nicklas Backstrom (1) ASST: Alex Ovechkin (3), Mike Green (2)
1 - 1 Tie
PPG - Alexander Semin (1) ASST: Nicklas Backstrom (2), Alex Ovechkin (4)
2 - 1 WSH
Jeff Carter (3) ASST: Jaroslav Modry (1), Braydon Coburn (3)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
Steve Eminger (1) ASST: Alexander Semin (3), Brooks Laich (1)
3 - 2 WSH
3rd Period
PPG - Daniel Briere (5) ASST: Mike Richards (3)
3 - 3 Tie
1st OT Period
2nd OT Period
Mike Knuble (2) ASST: Jeff Carter (1), Scottie Upshall (3)
4 - 3 PHI
penalty summary
1st Period
Daniel Briere  Holding the stick against  Alexander Semin
Daniel Briere  Roughing against  Alexander Semin
Alexander Semin  Roughing against  Daniel Briere
Steve Eminger  Interference against  Mike Richards
Matt Cooke  Tripping against  Jeff Carter
Alex Ovechkin  Too many men/ice - bench
Daniel Briere  Slashing against  David Steckel
Derian Hatcher  Slashing against  Nicklas Backstrom
Milan Jurcina  Cross checking against  Scottie Upshall
2nd Period
Mike Green  Roughing against  Derian Hatcher
Braydon Coburn  Delay of game
3rd Period
Alex Ovechkin  Too many men/ice - bench
Viktor Kozlov  Interference on goalkeeper against  Martin Biron
1st OT Period
2nd OT Period
goalie stats
Cristobal Huet
SA: 46TOI: 86:40
Saves: 42EV: 33 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .913SH: 1 - 1
Martin Biron
Martin Biron
SA: 41TOI: 86:21
Saves: 38EV: 30 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .927SH: 2 - 2