The Capitals arrived in Philadelphia hoping to build off of their modest two-game winning streak. It was clear from the drop of the puck at Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night, though, that Washington’s momentum had stalled.
While Washington dispatched of an injury-plagued Hurricanes squad easily Tuesday night, it didn’t have any type of spark against the Flyers en route to a 4-1 loss in the second of back-to-back games.
“I talked to the guys. As I said, Carolina had a lot of injuries on the blue line, and it helped us. We still played a good game, but it was disappointing to come out the way we did tonight,” Coach Adam Oates said. “I thought we’d have more…obviously, getting behind early, that fast, was difficult.”
In the first 4 minutes 4 seconds the Capitals not only looked listless, but it was reflected on the scoreboard in the form of a two-goal deficit. Flyers captain Claude Giroux scored on the first shift, just 23 seconds into the contest, and then Wayne Simmonds made it 2-0 on the power play less than four minutes later.
Sluggish start sets tone for Capitals against Flyers
Washington Post | Feb 28