“It’s tough loss for us, I think,” Ovechkin said. “My mistake cost us two points and it cost us the game.”
That was what Ovechkin had to say following Sunday nights loss to the Flyers at the Verizon Center.
The lone goal required in the Philadelphia Flyers’ 1-0 shutout win over the Capitals developed after an offensive zone turnover by Alex Ovechkin in the second period. The star left wing said he was trying to make a play but instead gave the puck away, sending the rush back into the Washington zone.
Deep in the corner Zac Rinaldo tied up Dennis Wideman, leaving the puck free for Sean Couturier, who sent it up to Matt Carle on the left point.
A pass along the blue line brought it to Pavel Kubina on the right point near the Flyers’ bench, Ovechkin half attempted to block the shot from the Philadelphia blue liner but didn’t get a piece of it. Kubina’s shot was redirected by Eric Wellwood to make it 1-0 and it would be the only goal the Flyers needed.
Ilya Bryzgalov’s shutout, Eric Wellwood’s deflected goal, and coach Peter Laviolette’s well-timed timeout all helped the Philadelphia Flyers pick up a rare second consecutive victory.
Wellwood scored 47 seconds after Laviolette gave his players an earful, Bryzgalov made 34 saves, and the Flyers beat the Capitals for their first winning streak since January. “We were watching a little bit too much,” Laviolette said, explaining why he called a timeout less than halfway through the second period. “It was more just to get them back on track than anything else. I thought they responded really well after that. Not just the goal, but the rest of the period.”
Ovechkin was held without a goal for the seventh time in his last 10 games. Washington has dropped two straight — both at home, both shutouts — following a three-game winning streak.
While the Capitals remained stuck in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, one spot out of the playoff picture, Philadelphia moved within two points of the Pittsburgh Penguins for fourth. The Flyers ended a dubious streak: in each of their past nine games, they had allowed the first goal.
Much of the credit for getting two victories in a row for the first time since Jan. 10-12 goes, of course, to Bryzgalov. “It seems like he’s really starting to feel comfortable,” Laviolette said, “but tonight was the most comfortable he’s looked.” Bryzgalov earned his third shutout of the season, and the 26th of his career.
Making a sixth straight start, Bryzgalov was tested frequently, including when he made saves on shots by Alexander Semin and Mathieu Perreault in quick succession during the first period. About 7 minutes into the second, Capitals forward Mike Knuble broke behind the Flyers defense for a 1-on-1 chance, but Bryzgalov kicked the puck aside.
“To win a game on the road against a very good offensive team — to blank them, on top of it — it’s good for the mindset of the team,” Briere said. “It’s no secret, in the playoffs, this is the type of hockey that needs to be played if we want to win.”
Well said, Daniel and this squad is looking more like the one the fans expect to see on the ice every night. This is a much welcomed spark to the playoffs that this team had begun to lose in the past two seasons. This fan definitely looks forward to this continued attitude and efforts from the Flyers. it is indeed what is required of a successful playoff run and we are on our way.
I did state though that all though fans were extrmemly excited for this win, as we should all be, we are nothome free and still need to remain focused upon the goal of a strong playoff run. With that being said, thenext opponent on the schedule for the Flyers is the Detroit Red Wings at the Wells Fargo Center this coming Tuesday evening. The puck drops at 7:00 PM sharp [televised on CSN]; however, the game is preceeded by a well deserved retirement ceremony for Mark Howe--his #2 jersey will be retired at home and hopefully give a boost to the Flyers squad to hand the Wings a loss on our home ice.
There is no better confidence builder than skating a solid win over Detroit on home ice.