After being unable to register a shot in the game’s first 15 minutes, the Alex Ovechkinless Washington Capitals dominated the remainder of the game to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 7-0.
Missing Alex Ovechkin because of an upper-body injury, the Capitals seemed doomed by yet another slow start in Philadelphia, but the Flyers weren’t the team to take advantage of that.
The Capitals’ second shot on goal with less than four minutes left in the first period, a one-timer from Nicklas Backstrom, was also the game’s inaugural goal. Defenseman Nate Schmidt saved the puck smartly at the blue line and fed it to Backstrom, who slapped it past Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who didn’t last much longer in net. He was pulled in favor of Ray Emery midway through the second period after allowing three goals on 17 shots. [Read more...]