Capitals come up short to Flyers in shootout

Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
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The Washington Capitals fell to the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in the shootout as they blew a 3-2 lead late in the third period. This was an insane game that could’ve gone either way but in the end the Capitals fell short.

The first period was scoreless as the Caps outshot the Flyers 7-2. Bobby Brink struck first for the Flyers at 2:14 in the second period. At 3:00 the Caps tied it. Anthony Mantha set the puck from one side of the wall to the other. Aliaksei Protas moved the puck toward the middle and Connor McMichael faked out Flyers goalie Samuel Ersson for his sixth of the year.

The Caps took the lead at 15:29 thanks to some excellent work on the power play. A tic tac toe from T.J. Oshie, to Dylan Strome to Tom Wilson who scored his 10th goal of the season, perhaps making his case for the best player on the Caps right now.

2-1 Caps was the score after two with the Flyers leading in shots 14-11. The Flyers would lead in shots 13-8 in the third while the Caps led 4-3 in overtime. The Flyers had the edge in total shots 32-30.

At 5:25 the Flyers tied it up at two with a goal from Joel Farabee. At 9:05 Dylan Strome gave the Caps the lead after Tom Wilson fed Aliaksei Protas and he shot it. Protas stick broke as he shot it and the puck went to Strome who buried it for his 12th of the season.

The Flyers would get the tying goal at 17:01 from Owen Tippett. The score would be 3-3 and overtime went with no team able to score which would take the game to a shootout.

In the shootout both Sean Couturier and T.J. Oshie scored for their respective clubs. Tyson Foerster and Dylan Strome both got stopped. Then the Flyers took the lead from Bobby Brink while Anthony Mantha couldn’t score on the other end.

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The Caps take on the Nashville Predators on the road on Saturday night.