For the Flyers, the difference between a win and a loss tonight came down to special teams.
And a costly turnover.
And Alex Ovechkin.
Make that Oh!-vechkin.
The reigning MVP had a goal, an assist and 12 shots _ eight on goal _ as the Washington Capitals defeated the Flyers, 2-1, in a game that had a playoff feel to it.
The Flyers were 0 for 4 on the power play; the Caps were 1 for 2.
In a game in which the Flyers won 67 percent of the faceoffs and managed 36 shots, Washington still had several better scoring chances. The Caps had "only" 30 shots, but because of the irrepressible Ovechkin, they seemed to be buzzing around goalie Marty Biron for most of the night.
On what turned out to be the game-winner, Alexander Semin intercepted Darroll Powe's pass behind the net and fed Ovechkin in the slot for a goal with 2:41 left in the middle period.
“It’s one of those plays where the one guy on their side (Semin) kind of anticipated it pretty good, and as I’m trying to turn....you know something's not working right behind the net _ and I can see a census trying to come back the other way," Biron said. "And as I’m trying to guard the post, the puck is already in front of the net. You know it’s a tic-tac-toe play. It sucks because we played a pretty solid game. Made a couple mistakes here and there, but they did, too. I think if we play like that _ with that energy; we threw almost 20 shots in that (second) period at the goal _ we are going to get a lot more wins than losses.”
The Flyers are 2-2 on their season-high five-game homestand, which concludes with Saturday's game against the Rangers.