Philadelphia Flyers Remain in the Hunt for a Playoff Position

Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers

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

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