Flyers stave off elimination with win over Capitals
(The Sports Xchange) - A change in goaltenders, some special teams success and a pair of goals from defensemen ignited Philadelphia to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, helping the Flyers stave off elimination.
The Capitals, who had a 3-0 series lead in a best-of-7 series for the first time in franchise history, couldn't complete their first-ever sweep. Instead, they have a chance to do it on home ice on Friday.
T.J. Oshie put a loose puck by Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth with a backhand 2:38 into the third period to cut a Flyers 2-0 lead in half.
From there, the Flyers held on after a furious third-period Capitals rally.
Neuvirth, who replaced Flyers goalie Steve Mason for Game 4, made 12 of his 31 saves in the third period, including a key save in tight on a Tom Wilson rebound with 7:50 to play. He stopped a Mike Richards shot in the slot two minutes later.
Washington outshot Philadelphia 32-25, including 12-4 in the third period. The Flyers went the final 17:46 without a shot on net in the offensive zone.
Philadelphia finally broke an 0-for-13 power-play drought in the first period.
With Washington defenseman Taylor Chorney in the box for an interference penalty, Flyers rookie Shayne Gostisbehere, who celebrated his 23rd birthday Wednesday, took a pass from Claude Giroux and fired a one-timer past Braden Holtby for a 1-0 Flyers lead 5:51 into the game.
The Flyers' other goal also came on a one-timer from a defenseman. Continued...