Flyers fall behind early, lose to the Capitals 5-3.
The Philadelphia Flyers have now lost four out of their last six games. Last night, they allowed the Capitals to jimp out to a lead and could never full recover as they lost the game 5-3 at the Wells Fargo Center. All four losses have come in regulation. To put that into perspective, the Flyers only had four regulation losses through their first 18 games this season.
The (13-8-3) Flyers are currently out of a playoff spot while the (16-6-4) Capitals are starting to heat up. The Caps are 10-2-1 in their last 13 games and have scored 12 goals against the Flyers in three meetings this year.
Travis Konecny scored on a man advantage in the first period to tie the game for the Flyers. Ivan Provorov started the comeback bid with a third period goal on a 4-on-4 and Scott Laughton brought the Flyers within one late the third period. At the end of the night, it just wasn’t enough. Even with multi-point performances from both Konecny and Hayes, the Flyers were down big early and couldn’t get any late-game heroics.
Brian Elliot was in net and made 17 saves on 21 shots. The Flyers defense was sloppy all night in front of him. The Flyers had seven giveaways in the opening frame and were extremely lucky to only be down 2-1 at the first intermission. Play around the blue line was extremely sloppy.
With Elliot getting starts in four games over the past eight days, AV and the Flyers could turn back to Carter Hart on Saturday with hopes to stop the bleeding. Hart, who has struggled in net all season long, definitely needs a bounce back game. Slowing down the Capitals tomorrow night would be a great start.