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Tarik's Three Stars of Capitals-Avalanche: That's more like it

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Tarik's Three Stars of Capitals-Avalanche: That's more like it

WASHINGTON — One night after struggling in Brooklyn, Evgeny Kuznetsov and the Caps rebounded with a solid 5-2 victory over Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche at Capital One Arena.

The last 10 games for the Caps? How about 8-2-0?

In fact, it’s now been a month since Washington has lost back-to-back games. 

Here are Tarik El-Bashir's 3 stars of the game.

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No. 1 Brett Connolly, Capitals:

Since getting scratched late last month, Connolly has been one of the Caps’ most productive players.

And that did not change against the Avs. No. 10 put the game out of reach, 3-1, early in the third period, firing a pass from Madison Bowey past Semyon Varlamov and into a yawning net on a delayed penalty.

The goal was Connolly’s fourth goal in six games…all since getting scratched by Coach Barry Trotz for ineffectiveness. Bowey, meantime, recorded a pair of assists for his second multi-point game.  

No. 2 Jakub Vrana, Capitals:

The speedy winger put the Caps up 1-0 early in the first period with a perfectly-placed snipe over Varlamov’s blocker.

The goal was Vrana’s ninth of the season and fifth in the last 10 games. The rookie is now on pace for 24 goals—the number Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams each hit a year ago. 

No. 3  Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals:

Kuznetsov finished the game with a couple of primary assists and a secondary helper. It marked his fourth performance this season with at least three points. And while big nights from No. 92 have become almost commonplace, they're still something to savor. Sorta like that pass to Matt Niskanen on the Caps' fourth goal.

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3 stars of the game: Caps can't get OT Win

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3 stars of the game: Caps can't get OT Win

The Caps played a much better game on Sunday than the game previous, but the result was the same. Washington fell 2-1 in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers, their third straight loss since returning from the bye week.

Alex Ovechkin was strong on both ends of the ice, but it was not enough as Brian Elliott played strong in net and Travis Konecny ended the game just 27 seconds into overtime.

Washington now has only two points in three games since their return from the bye and face another lenghty break with the All-Star Game looming.

Here are the three stars from Sunday's game.

1. Alex Ovechkin: It was Ovechkin's defense and not his offense that first stood out on Sunday. A crafty little steal by Ovechkin at the top of the defensive zone sparked a 2-on-1 with him and Evgeny Kuznetsov and should have led to assist No. 500, but Kuznetsov shot the rebound right into goalie Brian Elliott rather than the open net. Ovechkin also had a diving backcheck to cut off a pass from Ivan Provorov on a 2-on-1 for Philadelphia. Of course, there was the offense too. Ovechkin got Washington on the board in the second period with a blistering shot from the office for the power play goal.

2. Brian Elliott: Call the police because Elliott flat out robbed the Caps on multiple scoring chances.In the first period he kept Washington off the board with an outstanding save on a wide-open Ovechkin from the slot. He's generally not the guy teams want to leave open that close to the net. He also added another dynamic save on Nicklas Backstrom late in the second when the Caps' center managed to get his stick on the puck in the slot.

3. Travis Konecny: It took Konecny just 27 seconds to win this game in overtime for the Flyers, despite all the momentum building on Washington's side at the end of the game. He carried the puck into the offensive zone, curled into the high slot and wristed a nice shot past Braden Holtby.

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Game 48: Capitals vs. Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

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Game 48: Capitals vs. Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 12:30 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Flyers will be broadcast on NBC

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Flyers game on NBC Sports' live stream page.

You can also stream the game online with no cable TV subscription on fuboTV (try for free!).

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-FLYERS GAME?

The Capitals (28-15-4) take on the Flyers (22-16-8) Sunday, January 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET in Washington.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-FLYERS GAME ON?

The Capitals-Flyers game will be broadcast on NBC. Coverage kicks off on NBC Sports Washington with Capitals FaceOff at  11:30 a.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 12:00 p.m. Check back with NBC Sports Washington for postgame coverage starting with Caps Extra following the game and Caps Overtime at 3:30 p.m. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

11:30 a.m. — Caps FaceOff
12:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
12:30 p.m. — Capitals vs. Flyers on NBC
3:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
3:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-FLYERS GAME?

The Capitals-Flyers game is available to stream live here through NBC Sports.  Caps GameTime and Caps Extra is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

The game is also available to stream, along with all the pregame and postgame shows, on fuboTV (try for free).

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-FLYERS GAME?

Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Flyers game:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Andre Burakovsky - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Chandler Stephenson - Lars Eller - Brett Connolly
Devante Smith-Pelly - Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Defensemen
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Brooks Orpik - Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Jakub Vrana, Taylor Chorney

CAPITALS-FLYERS OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

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