September 19, 2018

Washington Capitals Game 15 Recap: Caps recover from sluggishness against Detroit to take down Philly

CHIMERA SCORES TWICE AS CAPS BEAT DIVISION RIVALS ON ROAD; OVECHKIN STUCK AT 483 GOALS

Three goals in the second period and a three-point (2g, 1a) night from Jason Chimera helped the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center, moving Washington’s record to 11-4-0 on the year.

An efficient power play (2-for-3 on the night) helped pave the way for Washington, as both of Chimera’s tallies came on power plays in the second. T.J. Oshie’s fifth goal of the season tied it at one just past the midway point of the first.

Claude Giroux gave the Flyers the lead back early in the second on the power play, but Justin Williams’ third of the year was bookended by Chimera’s two goals.

Ovechkin nearly had his record-breaking 484th goal late in the second, which would have been the most all-time by Russian players in the NHL. But Williams was a touch offside, wiping out the milestone for the second time in three games.

Nicklas Backstrom put the exclamation point on the rivalry win, after a Tom Wilson check helped accelerate the Washington forecheck.

Braden Holtby had 18 saves on 20 shots faced.

Calgary is up next, on Friday night in Washington.

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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