Monday, April 21, 2008

Playoff Game #6 Recap - Capitals 4 Flyers 2

The Flyers nightmare came into being as the time bomb went off. Alex Ovechkin scored 2 third period goals and Washington defeated Philly 4-2 sending the series back to Washington for Game 7. After giving up the first two goals, the Caps took the game over after a brilliant passing play by Brooks Laich, Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom ended up in the Flyers net. Then a booming slapshot from John Erskine left a juicy rebound
that Semin deposited in the net to tie the game. A little over two minutes into the third period, Viktor Kozlov hit Ovechkin with a stretch pass and he beat Biron on a breakaway to give the Caps the lead 3-2 (see photo). The Caps didn't make it easy for themselves as they took a couple of penalties but were able to kill off a Philly 5-on-3 advantage. The Flyers were then sited for a too many men on the ice penalty. Sergei Fedorov made a nice chip pass to Brooks Laich in the high slot. As the defense drew to him he passed the puck to Ovechkin who blasted a one-timer into the net for a two goal lead. The Caps held off a late rush by the Flyers and the two teams meet again tomorrow in Washington for a deciding Game 7.

Of Note:
  • Alex Ovechkin pumped 9 shots on goal for the game and scored 2 goals including his second game-winning goal of the series.
  • Backstrom and Semin each had a goal and an assist each. Brooks Laich recorded 2 assists.
  • Kozlov, Fedorov, and Erskine each had one assist.
  • Erskine and Steve Eminger were both a plus-3 for the game. Erskine also had a game high 5 hits.
  • The Caps out shot the Flyers 40-35 but were out drawn 35-27.
  • After a tough start Cristobal Huet was solid in goal with 33 saves.
  • In a rare occurrence both Ovechkin and Donald Brashear were held without a hit.
Official Summary
Game Summary
Super Stats

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