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The Philadelphia Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 Sunday during a matinee game in Philadelphia, keeping them four points away from a wildcard position in the 2015 National Hockey League Playoffs.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux opened up the scoring with a power play goal in the first period, assisted by Mark Streit and Jakub Voracek. The Flyers went up 2-0 in the second period when alternate captain Wayne Simmonds scored with assists from Streit and Giroux.
However, the Capitals responded later in the second period. Tom Wilson and Joel Ward scored for Washington, tying the score 2-2 going into the third period.
15 minutes and 47 seconds into the final period, Michael Del Zotto scored a slap shot that made it by Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. Chris Vandevelde and Voracek were awarded assists on the play. Flyers goalie Rob Zepp is now 5-1-0 when named the starting goaltender this season.
With the win, the Flyers were two points behind the Boston Bruins for a wildcard playoff position for a brief amount of time. However, the Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-2 Sunday after the Flyers win. This keeps Boston four points ahead of Philadelphia, three points ahead of the Florida Panthers, and still in a playoff position.
The Flyers play the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday in Raleigh, North Carolina. There are 22 games remaining on Philadelphia’s schedule, each one important for their playoff hopes.
Written by: Joseph Markle
IUP Journalism 2015
The Philadelphia Flyers are now trailing the Boston Bruins by 8 points for a playoff position with the 2-1 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadians Tuesday night
The Flyers have won 4 out of their last 6 games, with both losses coming in an overtime and shootout period. Therefore, they have gained 10 points in the last 6 games. This sort of surge is needed for any sort of playoff hope.
Being 8 points behind the Bruins means that the Flyers are 4 games out of a playoff position. In hockey, teams get 2 points for each win and one point for each overtime or shootout loss.
In the overtime loss, Matt Read scored the Flyers lone goal with an assist from Wayne Simmonds. The two goals scored by the Canadians were by Tomas Piekanec and David Desharnais.
However, the Flyers posted significant statistics during Tuesday night’s game. Although they were out-shot 41-24, the Flyers posted 25 blocked shots and 30 hits. The Canadians blocked 14 shots and had 15 hits during the game.
The Flyers are now 23-22-9 on the season, just above .500. Their next game is away against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Nationwide Arena.