The Flyers find themselves sitting in the basement of the Eastern Conference after a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.
Coming off of a rare two-day break, the Flyers finally had time to work on their sore spot – special teams. Danny Briere moved alongside Claude Giroux to try to ignite the anemic offense against a team that was coming off a late-night flight from Toronto.
Instead of taking advantage of the Caps’ short layover, the Flyers came out flat in the first ten minutes of the game.
The Capitals had nine shots through the first half of the period as compared to the Flyers two. By the end of the first, the Flyers picked up the pace and evened up the shots at 11 apiece.
Despite keeping the game scoreless, the Flyers didn’t escape the first 20 minutes unscathed.
Wayne Simmonds took a blow to the ice after getting an elbow to the face thanks to a questionable hit by John Erskine. He left the game bloodied and a little dazed.
Paul Holmgren said after the game that after the first test it doesn’t appear Simmonds has a concussion but does have a “head injury” with whiplash. He will undergo further tests.
The Flyers lost another man when Zac Rinaldo came to the defense of his teammate and put a beat down on Matt Hendricks. Both players received a game misconduct for dropping the gloves before the whistle.
Bruno Gervais finally broke the tie when he banged in a loose puck into a wide open net mid-way through the second period. The lead lasted all but six minutes until Nicklas Backstrom scored on a breakaway after Sean Couturier turned the puck over at the Capitals blue line during a line change.
Tye McGinn and Kimmo Timonen were called for penalties in the last minute of the second period but luckily the Capitals couldn’t convert.
The Capitals did take the lead on a Troy Brouwer wrist shot that he lifted over the shoulders of both Luke Schenn and Bryzgalov on the short-side.
Wojtek Wolski scored the game-winner after another costly defensive lapse by Luke Schenn. Brayden Schenn cut Washington’s lead to one when he potted in the rebound after Matt Read’s initial shot banged off both posts.
That’s all the offense the Flyers could muster behind yet another strong start by Bryz.
The Flyers take the train back up to Philly to face the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night.