Flyers Fail To Fend Off Capitals During the Return of Fans

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Yesterday’s game was momentous for the Flyers this season. It was the first game to welcome back fans in the Wells Fargo Center. Filled with cheer for the first time in nearly a year, the Flyers took on the Capitals for the second time this season. In their last meeting exactly a month ago, the Flyers defeated the Capitals 7-4. Unfortunately, the Flyers were not able to hold their title and lost 3-1.

First period:

Flyers come out hot

Carter Hart was back in the net tonight after Elliott had stepped up for them in Saturday’s game. The first goal of the night came from Joel Farabee as he had a 2 on 1 and was able to sail the puck into the net past Ilya Samsonov. With his goal tonight, he now leads the Flyers in goals with 11. The Caps were not able to catch up and the score remained 1-0 going into the second period.

Second period:

A period to forget

The first half of the period was pretty quiet except for penalties. The Flyers struggled and failed to keep things out of their defensive zone. It was in the last five minutes that the Capitals decided to make a comeback when they scored two goals. Alex Ovechkin was the first one to tie the score when he took advantage of a defensive breakdown. With fifteen seconds left, an icing call gave the Caps an advantage and they won the offensive face-off. This was where Dmitry Orlov was able to give them their first lead of the night as he sent the puck straight past Hart.

Third period: 

That’s all, Flyers’ fans

Within the first three minutes of the period, Nick Jenson had his first goal with the Capitals, giving them a two-point lead. The Flyers had a couple of scoring chances in the second half of the period but since the first intermission, most of the game has been played in the Flyers’ end. Philadelphia went on a powerplay at 10:45 but were once again unable to make anything stick. With less than three minutes left, Hart came out of the net, but the Flyers were still unable to change the score.

After a strong start for Philly, they were unable to keep that momentum up for the rest of the game and ultimately lost to the Capitals, making this their third loss in four games. Farabee continued his hot streak as he was the only one to score for the Flyers. Through the 21 games so far this season, the newly 21-year-old is just one point away from his score from last season. Although we’ve seen the Flyers make some serious comebacks in the third period, they just weren’t able to make that happen tonight.

Flyers’ Next Game

Despite not having the end score we hoped for, having the fans back at the Wells Fargo Center is something to celebrate. The next of the Flyers’ four games at home will continue on Tuesday night as they face the Sabres. Puck drop is slated for 7 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Photo Credit: Alex McIntyre