Instant analysis: Capitals 4, Flyers 3, SO

Instant analysis: Capitals 4, Flyers 3, SO
September 16, 2013, 9:15 pm
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Caps blow early lead but win in shootout

Philadelphia Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier (40) and Washington Capitals center Michael Latta (46) face-off during preseason game at the Wells Fargo Center.

(Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

PHILADELPHIA -- Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 4-3 preseason shootout win over the Flyers Monday night at the WellsFargoCenter.

How it ended: Joel “The Wrecker” Rechlicz won it for the Caps when he scored the only goal in the shootout on the Caps’ fourth attempt. Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr and Andre Burakovsky all were stopped and Caps goalie David Leggio stopped all four shooters he faced.

Neuvy makes his mark: Making his first start of the preseason, Caps goaltender Michal Neuvirth stopped all 16 shots he faced in 30:55 of work. Neuvirth was replaced by David Leggio midway through the second period.

Neuvirth’s only shaky moment came 7:17 into the second period when a shot by Flyers prospect Chris Vandevelde squirted through his pads and rolled toward the goal line, only to be smothered by Neuvirth.

Neuvirth followed with big stops on Jake Voracek and Sean Couturier.

Who scored: For the Caps, John Carlson, Joel Ward and Ryan Stoa. For the Flyers, Jake Voracek, Vinny Lecavalier, Jason Akeson.

After a sleepy and scoreless first period, Caps defenseman John Carlson gave the Caps a 1-0 lead 3:29 into the second period with a power-play blast from the point. The Caps were on a rare 6-minute man-advantage after Wayne Simmonds took a holding penalty on Mathieu Perreault, a cross-checking penalty on Garrett Mitchell and an unsportsmanlike penalty for complaining about it.

The Caps made it 2-0 on a goal by Joel Ward with 3:25 remaining in the second period. Ward took a centering pass from Jason Chimera, was stopped by Ray Emery and scored on a backhander.

The Flyers made it 2-1 with 44.1 seconds remaining when Voracek was left alone in front of Leggio, then tied it 1:53 into the third period on a power-play one-timer by Vinny Lecavalier with Eric Fehr in the box for high sticking.

The Flyers scored the go-ahead goal 6:09 into the third when Jason Akeson scored on a Sean Couturier rebound, but the Caps rallied to tie with 21.7 seconds left when, with Leggio pulled for the extra attacker, Ryan Stoa scored to send the game into overtime.

Caps power play: Mathieu Perreault, Joel Ward, Garrett Mitchell, John Carlson and Tomas Kundratek got the bulk of power-play time for the Caps, while John Erskine, Dmitry Orlov, Kundratek, Eric Fehr, Jason Chimera and Michael Latta saw substantial minutes on the penalty kill.

Fehr look: Eric Fehr got his first taste of playing center at the NHL level and faired well, picking up assists on goal by Carlson and Ward. He also took a high-sticking penalty on Sean Couturier off a draw. The penalty led to the Flyers’ game-tying goal.

Lotta Latta: Caps prospect Michael Latta had an active game, getting time on both special teams and dropping the gloves against Flyers center Kris Newbury.

Look ahead: The Caps’ A Team, led by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, will take on the Boston Bruins Tuesday night at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, the Caps’ third of eight preseason games.