The Washington Capitals wrapped up a busy weekend of hockey Sunday evening falling 5-4 in overtime to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. The Caps held 2-goal lead entering the third period only to watch their advantage slip away. Washington was coming off of a dominating performance against the Boston Bruins Saturday, but was unable to continue the momentum falling in a heart breaker to the Flyers.
Washington’s Dmitry Orlov opened the night’s festivities with an early first period goal just 6 minutes into the contest. The Flyers, as they would do all night, responded with the first of Claude Giroux’s two goals on the evening. Then, it was Marcus Johansson’s turn ripping a shot past goalie Steve Mason to close a busy first session.
After Adam Hall of the Flyers knotted the score at two, the Caps flourished as Jay Beagle put away the puck in front to regain the lead. Finally, Orlov netted his second goal of the night, but in the third period committed a crucial five-minute major penalty that paved the way for a Flyers comeback.
During the penalty, Jakub Voracek cut Washington’s lead in half with a slap shot from the right wing. Next, Voracek’s shot was altered by Claude Giroux to get past goalie Braden Holtby.
Finally, Washington fell on a Vincent LeCavalier wrist shot beating Holtby for the win. Sunday’s contest was extremely physical leading to six power-play opportunities for the Caps. Although Washington had these chances, they never capitalized despite having one of the best power play units in the league. Washington will wrap up a home and home series with the Flyers Wednesday.