Nicklas Backstrom scored his first goal for the Capitals at the 17:28 mark of the first period to give the Caps an insurmountable 1-0 lead. The Capitals would go on to win 7-0.
Backstrom finished the night with two goals and an assist. Joel Ward recorded a hat trick and an assist for Capitals as Mikhail Grabovski had three assists. The other goal scorers for the Caps were Jason Chimera and Troy Brouwer. Goaltender Braden Holtby faced little pressure all night, stopping all 30 shots he faced for the shutout.
The Flyers were shut out for the first time all year. Steve Mason started the game in goal for the Flyers, but was pulled after letting up three goals on 17 shots. Ray Emery replaced Mason and was not any better, surrendering four goals on 15 shots. The Flyers have now lost two in a row and face New Jersey tomorrow night.
For most of the night, the Flyers looked overmatched against the Capitals, who were playing without superstar Alex Ovechkin. In the first period, the Flyers hung with the Caps, but only regressed to what appears to be the norm after the backbreaking (and game winning) goal by Backstrom.
The Capitals came out with a flurry in the second period, scoring three times in a two minute and twenty-five second span. Ward netted his first of the night from Chimera and Grabovski. Chimera then followed with a goal of his own, also from Grobovski. Backstrom finished the two-minute onslaught with his second of the game from Eric Fehr and Martin Erat.
Washington would net two more goals in the second from Ward (assisted by Grabovski and Chimera) and Troy Brouwer on the power play from Mike Green and Backstrom.
The third period would be much of the same for the Flyers, except for a line brawl that head coach Craig Berube said that it “showed they care. That they’re frustrated.”
Ward potted a power play goal for his hat trick, to which Flyers goaltender Ray Emery was up in arms, as he lost his mask on the play.
Eight seconds after the goal, Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds fought Capitals forward Tom Wilson. But the brawl was instigated when Emery skated down the ice and forced Capitals goalie Braden Holtby to throw fisticuffs.
Four fights featuring Emery pairing off with Holtby, Vincent LeCavalier with Steve Oleksy, Brayden Schenn and Alexander Urbom, and the aforementioned Simmonds/Wilson tilt.
Emery was hit with a two-minute instigation penalty, two minutes for leaving the crease, a five-minute major, and a ten-minute game misconduct.
The other combatants were slapped with five-minute majors and ten-minute game misconducts.
Game Notes: The Flyers were shutout for the first time this season…Ray Emery was named third star of the game…Steve Downie played in his first game after being reacquired by the Flyers, but left after getting injured in a fight…The Flyers were 0-5 on the Power Play…The Capitals blocked 15 Flyer shots…