To start off, this article is going to be extremely depressing for me to write, so bear with me. The Capitals came into the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night with an impressive 5-0-0 record as they prepared to take on my Flyers. Thomas Vokoun, who was acquired by the Caps in the offseason, has impressed so far as well has Ilya Bryzgalov has for the Flyers. I believed that this would be a good game and I honestly believed the Flyers would win (not because I’m a Flyers fan) and put a dent in Washington’s loss column, but was I wrong.
It seemed like the same old song and dance (Aerosmith reference). The door to the penalty box was opening and closing and opening and closing like every other game so far. THE FLYERS HAVE TO STAY OUT OF THE BOX. Even if the PK can kill off the penalty, it still means less time for the Flyers to score. Brayden Schenn got his first start in tonights matchup as well which was exciting for the fans to see. Early in the game, Claude Giroux continues to impress with a breakaway goal that put the Flyers up 1-0. So far so good. That goal is quickly countered by the Caps and in the dying seconds of the 1st, Ovi scored to put his team up 2-1.
The rest of the game is hard for me to even discuss. I think that all of Washington’s goals with the exception of one was redirected mostly by FLYERS. Although most of the goals were cheap, the Flyers still have to tighten up a little bit defensively and work on their power play, which was also a problem last year. Sean Couturier put up his 2nd goal, but it was too late as the Flyers would lose 5-2. Couturier has more goals then Danny Briere and Jaromir Jagr combined which is a problem because those two guys are supposed to put up numbers. The Flyers second of three games of their home stand will be played Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues. Lets hope for a completely different outcome then what we witnessed tonight.
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