Flyers hold off Capitals, win 2-1 in D.C.
The Philadelphia Flyers got a huge 2-1 road win last night against the Washington Capitals. On their short two-game road trip, they were able to secure three of four possible points and move to 6-2-2 on the season. It was the first time the Capitals lost at home in regulation this season. The Flyers sit in second place in what is considered the toughest division in hockey through the first 10 games of the season and continue to win without guys like Ryan Ellis and Kevin Hayes in the lineup.
Martin Jones was in net for the Flyers and moved to 3-0 on the season with the win. Jones has saved 95 out of 100 shots on the year. Last night, he saved 31 shots, 14 of which game in the third period. Both goalies for the Flyers have been great this year after a league-worst save percentage last season (.883). Hart (.926) and Jones (.950) have really turned things around and the Flyers continue to capitalize on every opportunity.
Finally, the Brassard line snapped out of it last night. A little over halfway through the first period, they produced the game opening goal when Atkinson ended up finding Brassard, who put one top-shelf to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. This was huge for the Flyers after the trio had gone scoreless over the preview four games.
Sean Couturier would extend the Flyers lead to 2-0 after he jammed home a rebound off a Risto shot, who picked up his first point as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers on the play. The Flyers penalty kill was tremendous, going 3-for-3 on the night.
- 16/19 on PK last 3 games
- Brassard line finally snapping out of it
- Sanheim & Risto best game together
- Jones 3-0-0 to start season
- Justin Braun is 23 again
The Flyers have three days before the Toronto Maple Leafs come to town on Wednesday.