Desperate for standings points to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Washington Capitals took and then frittered away a two-goal lead in the third period to fall 5-4 on the road to the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday night in Philadelphia on a last-gasp goal by Kimmo Timonen to send the game to overtime, where Ruslan Fedotenko put the Caps out of their misery.
Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Marcus Johansson, and Alexander Ovechkin all scored for Washington, while Braden Holtby made 29 saves in the losing effort.
Although Timonen’s goal only tied the game, it clearly deflated Washington, who mustered no offensive pressure in the extra frame. D.C.’s nominal shutdown defensive pair of Karl Alzner and John Carlson failed to react to slick passing between Timonen, Sean Couturier, and Fedotenko, while the forward duo of Ovechkin and Mike Ribeiro could only look on helplessly as Fedotenko easily slotted Timonen’s cross-ice pass into the empty net for the win. [Read more...]