Flyers Upset Capitals With 4-2 Win


Sean Couturier



What a gut punch to the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are coming off an emotional victory on Wednesday against the New York Rangers. The main storylines of the game were the Tom Wilson effect and TJ Oshie. Oshie managed to complete a hat-trick in his gist game since the passing of his father. That is one of the most emotional stories of the entire season. As for Tom Wilson? He managed to escape with only an “upper-body injury” which is total bullshit if you ask me. Tonight, they take on the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Philadelphia Flyers are officially out of the playoff race. The season hasn’t gone as expected for a team with such high expectations for the year. Carter Hart has had one of the most dramatic drop-off seasons we have seen in a while. The whole team hasn’t performed to the potential it can. That doesn’t mean they can’t play spoiler to teams looking for seeding in the playoffs. That is exactly what they did tonight.


The Rookie Comes Up Huge

The Flyers got the scoring started thanks to a goal from Joel Farabee (18). The goal came just 1:44 into the first period. Daniel Sprong (13) would respond later in the period to tie the game at 1-1. With the game deadlocked at 1 in the second, the Flyers got some offense from a promising young player.

Wade Allison made his debut a few weeks ago and has looked right at home in this lineup. He is fearless and has a lot of skill to get into a position to score on the attack. Tonight he showed that exact amount of skill he has by putting home two goals (3, 4) in the second period. This propelled the Flyers to a 3-1 lead at the time and would be the eventual game-winner for the Flyers. The Capitals would make a push thanks to a TJ Oshie goal (22), but it would be too little, too late.



Big Loss For the Capitals

The Capitals are playing for seeding in the East Division for the playoffs right now. They currently hold on to the second seed behind the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Boston Bruins are fresh on their heels as they only trail the Capitals by two points. With this loss, the Bruins now have a game in hand on the Capitals to try and leap them in the standings. By the looks of it, the Islanders are more than likely going to get the fourth seed. We will probably see a Washington vs Boston series start the playoffs.

Home ice advantage will have a huge factor. The Bruins are set to have their arena at 25% capacity for the playoffs. The Capitals will only be at 10% capacity. This loss to the Flyers is huge for the Capitals as the Bruins now have a chance to earn home-ice advantage as we head into the final stretch of games to end the season.


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