WASHINGTON _ Facing a 21-year-old goalie making his first NHL start, the Flyers wanted to throw a lot of shots at the net and create traffic in front Sunday.
Instead, they let Washington control the tempo in the Capitals’ hard-fought 3-2 overtime win at the Verizon Center.
The Flyers were outshot, 39-25, and outscored on the power play, 2-0. Washington had six power plays, while the Flyers had two.
In what could be a preview of the Eastern Conference final _ the teams each have 20 points, tops in the East _ Washington won it on defenseman Mike Green’s power-play goal 29 seconds into OT.
Flyers’ goalie Sergei “Bob” Bobrovsky made 36 saves and was the best player on the ice, but somehow did not get one of the game’s three stars.
“We fought hard today for that one point,” captain Mike Richards said. “I thought we probably could have played better, but Bob kept us in the game.”
Braden Holtby made 23 saves for Washington (10-4).
The loss ended the Flyers’ six-game winning streak.
Despite the defeat, the Flyers (9-4-2) have to feel good about themselves. They collected five of a possible six points while playing three games in four nights.
Starting Monday afternoon, the Flyers will go on a four-day bonding trip to North Carolina. The trip will include many team activities, including golfing in Pinehurst.
The Flyers will play coach Peter Laviolette’s former team, the Hurricanes, on Thursday.
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Bobrovsky enjoyed facing fellow Russians Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, who combined for a goal, an assist and 13 shots.
“I’ve never played against Ovechkin,” Bobrovsky said through a translator, “It’s very difficult, but, at the same time, very interesting to play against Ovechkin and Semin and face their shots because they are difficult.”
Bobrovsky shares the NHL lead with eight wins.
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Breakaways. Braydon Coburn (four blocked shots) had seven hits and Darroll Powe had six…..Danny Briere returned from his three-game suspension and played well, contributing an assist….Green played a game-high 30:26; Kimmo Timonen played a team-high 24:18 for the Flyers…..The Flyers won just 43 percent of the face-offs….The Caps are 7-1 at home; the Flyers are 3-1-2 on the road….Richards had a six-game point streak snapped…...Defenseman Sean O’Donnell leads the Flyers with a plus-8 rating…..Winger Eric Wellwood, who was impressive in the two games he played, was a healthy scratch and figures to be sent back to the Phantoms this week.
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