Philadelphia Survives late Surge By Washington in the Third Period

The Flyers held off the shorthanded Washington Capitals Saturday night 2-1. Philadelphia played a complete game against Washington since their poor defensive skills against Arizona this past Wednesday. On the other hand, The Flyers dominated in the offensive zone and gave the Capitals no breathing room in their defensive zone. My only issue with Philadelphia was their late play in the third; the Flyers made crucial mistakes defensively and the Capitals took advantage.

Capitals Make it Interesting late

The boys in orange and black-controlled the whole game until Philadelphia stopped their dominant play in the third period and allowed opportunities. For instance, Philadelphia’s defenseman Nick Seeler went to the penalty box for holding the stick of Alex Ovechkin while Seeler was in front of the net; this was a horrible decision for the Flyers with how much time Philadelphia gave other teams on the powerplay. How did the Flyers do defending the power play? The Flyers did have some difficulty with time against the Capitals late in the third but the difference was, they closed open gaps. During the powerplay Sean Couturier was putting pressure on John Carlson and Flyers center Nate Thompson moved to the right side of the zone to cover a wide-open Evgeny Kuznetsov. While Kuznetsov had the puck, he was forced to shoot the puck with a little open area to score but the puck bounced off Martin Jones and it landed in Alex Ovechkin's stick on the left side of the net, and Flyers defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen gave Alex Ovechkin no breathing room. The Flyers won this matchup 2-1 against the Capitals but Philadelphia did make mistakes for Washington to go on a small run.

By Contributor Blogger,

Jacob Mauriello

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