Instant analysis: Flyers 5, Capitals 4 OT

Instant analysis: Flyers 5, Capitals 4 OT
March 2, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Joel Ward makes a no look assist to Jay Beagle

Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 5-4 overtime loss to the Flyers Sunday afternoon at Verizon Center:

How it happened: Third-period goals by Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux set the stage for Vinny Lecavalier’s game-winner 2:45 into overtime. The Caps blew a two-goal lead for the third straight game and this time, they paid for it.

What it means: With the loss the Capitals saw their four-game win streak snapped and they fell two points behind the third-place Flyers in the Metropolitan Division.

City of Brotherly Orlov: Dmitry Orlov has three goals this season, all of them coming against the Flyers, but his 5-minute boarding penalty with 9:33 gone in the third period turned the momentum in the Flyers’ favor.

Other milestones: Mike Green’s three assists marked the second time he’s done that in his career. The first came on Feb. 1, 2009. It was his fifth multi-point game of the season.

Troy Brouwer has six points in his last five games. Marty Erat has three points in his last three games.  

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Scrum of the game: As Adam Oates predicted before the game, there were plenty of them. The most entertaining came late in the second period when Flyers left wing Tom Wilson dropped Tom Wilson with a gloved punch to the chin. Wilson got up from the ice and went shield to shield with Flyers captain Claude Giroux. On the next shift, Karl Alzner and Giroux got into a battle, with Alzner finishing off Giroux with a high stick into the boards.

Save of the game: There were two of them and Braden Holtby made both in the second period. The first came when he poke-checked the puck off the stick of Giroux. The second came when he flashed out his left pad on Wayne Simmonds on a mini-breakaway.

Silver lining: The Caps have earned at least a point in 16 of their last 20 meetings [10-4-6].

Look ahead: Both teams are off until Wednesday night when they face off again in South Philadelphia. With the NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m. on Wednesday it will be interesting to see of their rosters remain the same

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