Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Game #74 Recap: Caps 5 Philadelphia 4 (OT-SO)

The Capitals gave up a 3-0 advantage but pull out a 5-4 shootout victory against the Philadelphia Flyers. With the win the Capitals clinch a birth in this season's Stanley Cup playoffs. The Caps built 3-0 lead on 9 shots before Philly replaced their struggling goaltender 1:22 into the second period. From that point on the Flyers took control of the game putting up 4 consecutive goals to give them a 1-goal lead with five minutes left in regulation. The Capitals looked down in out but a clutch shift from Jason Chimera, Mike Knuble, Scott Hannan, Dennis Wideman and Marcus Johansson led to Johansson one-timing a Mike Knuble pass into the net for a 4-4 tie score with 3:19 remaining in the third period. The game would go to overtime and ultimately the shootout. All 3 Washington shooters hit the mark with Alexander Semin converting the game deciding goal and Michal Neuvirth stopped 1 of 3 to give the team a 5-4 victory. The two teams split the season series with 2 wins apiece and all 4 games decided in overtime or the shootout. The Caps are off until this weekend when they wrap up their 6 game road trip with a two games north of the border.

Of Note:
  • For the second straight game Mike Knuble recorded 3 points. He had 1 goal and 2 assists and for the 8th consecutive season hit the 20 goal plateau.
  • Marcus Johansson scored the tying goal and, along with Jason Chimera, assisted on the Knuble goal in the first period. 
  • Washington went 1 for 2 on the power play with Dennis Wideman scoring his first goal as a member of the Capitals. The Caps penalty killers did the job by not allowing a goal on 3 Philly power plays.
  • Michal Neuvirth stopped 29 of 33 shots for his 24th win of the season.
  • In his second game back from injury Nicklas Backstrom got back on the score sheet with a goal and an assist. 
  • Brooks Laich and Scott Hannan each had 1 assist in the game.
  • In the shootout Matt Hendricks, Backstrom and Alexander Semin all beat Brian Boucher for a 3-2 win in the tie breaker.
  • The Caps are now 36-0-3 this season when they score 3 or more goals.
Official Recap
Game Summary
Event Summary
Shootout Summary

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