Stars and Sticks Three Stars Of The Game: Washington Capitals VS Philadelphia Flyers
Third Star - Mikhail Grabovski
Tonight Grabovski stepped it up a notch in the absence of Ovechkin, he didn’t score any goals but he made great plays to set up 3 out of the 7 goals scored. On his first assist, Grabovski made a great play in the offensive zone to set up Ward for a great attempt on net which eventually led to both Grabovski and Ward at the front of the crease where Ward buried the puck in the back of the net. He also had the lone assist on Chimera’s goal – making a great play in the defensive zone this time and poking the puck free to the neutral zone where Chimera picked it up and made no mistake. Grabovski assisted on the 5th goal of the night as well, Wards 2nd goal – not 100% sure he made an actually play on the puck, but nonetheless Ward ended up with the puck because of it and scored. Grabovski continues to play well, and adds three assists to his point total tonight.
Second Star – Nicklas Backstrom
Believe it or not, the first period wasn’t exactly going great for the Capitals. The ice was slightly titled for the Flyers, as they had the majority of the shots and puck possession. That was up until Backstrom scored his 3rd goal of the season and opened the flood gates. A strong forecheck and some nifty passing put the puck right on Backstrom’s stick and he fired it top shelf! His second goal was also a product of a great forecheck and putting the pressure on the Flyers deep in their own zone – the shot was not as pretty but that doesn’t exactly matter, it still hit the back of the net! Backstrom also had an assist on the night, taking his total to 11.
First Star – Joel Ward
Talk about being in the right place at the right time – Ward seemed to be every the puck was tonight. As described above, Ward’s first goal came off of some nice play by Grabovski, which eventually led to both players in front of the net and Ward skating away with the goal in his name. Grabovski also assisted on his second goal of the game, moving the puck somehow right onto Ward’s stick, at which point Ward wristed his second goal of the night. Ward also scored the final goal of the game and completed his hat trick! It was also the second power play goal of the night, and the only goal in the third period. He now has 6 goals on the season.