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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT, April 13, 2021
Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 0

Confident, revamped Capitals host faltering Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals

  1. The last six games in this series have all been won by the road team. That's tied for the third-longest active streak in any NHL matchup (Blues-Ducks and Jets-Sharks are both at seven straight).
  2. The Flyers have had 21 games this season in which they fell behind and came back to at least tie the score, tied for second most in the NHL behind the Penguins (24).
  3. Joel Farabee leads the Flyers in goals this season with 15. At age 21, he would be the second-youngest player to lead the team in goals (based on age at end of regular season), behind only Eric Lindros, who was 21 when he led Philly in goals in 1993-94 (he was a little over a month younger than Farabee will be at the end of this season).
  4. The Capitals are coming off of an 8-1 win at Boston, and earlier this year they won 6-0 at Buffalo. They are the first team to have two road wins by a margin of 6+ goals in the same season since 2012-13, when the Blackhawks and Flyers both had two.
  5. Washington has held its opponent to no more than one power-play goal in each of its last 36 games, the longest active streak in the NHL.
  6. Alex Ovechkin had 10 shots on goal in his last game. It was his 51st career game with double-digit shots on goal, the most by any NHL player since shots on goal were first tracked beginning in 1959-60 (Bobby Hull is next with 48).

The Washington Capitals played one of their most complete games of the season Sunday in an 8-1 rout of the Bruins in Boston. They hope to continue that level of play when hosting the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

Coach Peter Laviolette and his team have fretted all season about Washington's struggles to play a solid 60-minute game -- and be effective at both ends of the ice. But everything worked against Boston as T.J. Oshie, Lars Eller and Conor Sheary each scored two goals.

Oshie added an assist to lead the team with three points, giving him 600 for his NHL career.

And the prospects for the offense keep getting better. On Monday, the Capitals added forward Anthony Mantha from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for forwards Richard Panik and Jakub Vrana plus a 2021 first-round pick and a second-round pick next year. Mantha is signed through 2023-24 and led the Red Wings with 11 goals, while ranking second with 21 points.

Washington also acquired forward Michael Raffl from the Flyers in exchange for a fifth-round pick.

The Capitals' power play connected of three of their six chances, and tying a season high. All 12 forwards and 15 of the 18 players who dressed posted at least one point.

Plus, rookie goalie Vitek Vanecek was solid once more. He finished with 34 saves and keeps improving and helping Washington remain in the game even if it starts slowly, which has been a problem at times recently.

"It was good to get contributions throughout the lineup," Laviolette said. "I said before, at times when the schedule, when we're up against it, we're just trying to spread the lines out so we can roll them, try to maximize the energy in the players and on the bench and throw what we have inside of the scheduling. This has been one of those examples where there's potential for each line to do something, and tonight it all kind of just worked."

Boston had beaten the Caps 4-2 in Washington just a few days before, taking a 3-0 lead in that contest, before things changed in this game.

After Sunday's win, the Caps remained tied with the New York Islanders for first place in the East Division in a race which seems likely to go right down to the finish line.

Meanwhile, Washington will be able to play in front of a limited number of fans at home starting on April 27 versus the Islanders -- 10 percent capacity, according to a team statement on Monday.

The Flyers, meanwhile, have lost three of their last four, including a 5-3 decision to Buffalo on Sunday. Philadelphia held a 3-2 lead late, but the Sabres scored three times in the final 3:03 to shock the Flyers.

The Flyers agreed that they just let this one slip away.

Oskar Lindblom and Joel Farabee scored for Philadelphia in the first period for a 2-0 lead. After Buffalo tied it with two goals in the second period, Shayne Gostisbehere put the Flyers up again in the third before the Sabres' late rally.

"We had a nice 3-2 lead. Blew a 2-0 lead, then had a 3-2 lead and we just (didn't hold it)," Gostisbehere said. "It definitely hurts right now. I don't know what else you could do. We've got to move on and get some points in these next games."

Flyers forward Scott Laughton, whose contract was set to expire at the end of the season, agreed to a new five-year, $15 million deal with the team Monday. He has seven goals and 10 assists this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 12, 2021

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