July 28, 2017

Washington Capitals Game 76 Recap: Flyers take down Caps in shootout

LATE FLYERS GOAL TIES IT, CAPS FALL IN RARE SHOOTOUT LOSS

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

A third period essentially bookended by a power play goal from a star on both the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers was a fitting penultimate frame in a potential preview of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Both teams had over 60 shot attempts and 30 hits each, and the atmosphere was befitting of this traditional Metropolitan Division rivalry.

Behind shootout goals from Nick Cousins and Sam Gagner and two stops in the skills competition from Steve Mason, the Flyers prevailed 2-1 in a shootout at the Wells Fargo Center.

The overtime was marked by a goaltender interference call on Sean Couturier that would have given Washington their second man advantage of overtime if not for a retaliation roughing call on Braden Holtby.

CAPS NOTES

  • The physicality on display should be encouraging to those who were looking for the Caps to continue coming out of their recent swoon. The Flyers are squarely on the playoff bubble and the fact that Washington was able to just about match their opponents’ desperation is surely a good sign.
  • Alex Ovechkin scored his 44th goal of the season 1:28 into the third.
  • Braden Holtby stopped 33 of 34 shots faced.

NEXT GAME: At Colorado on Friday at 9 p.m.

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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