Flyers stave off elimination with win over Capitals

Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:30pm EDT
 
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(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...

 
Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) makes the save against Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) during the third period in game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports