Three Capitals’ forwards got off the schneid during Wednesday’s 5-3 victory over the Flyers.
Chandler Stephenson scored a pair of goals to end a 29-game drought, T.J. Oshie scored his first goal in 14 games and Andre Burakovsky struck for the first time in 10 contests. The previously scuffling trio provided all the offense Washington would need to skate off with their first victory in three games over Philadelphia (1-1-1) this season.
Tarik’s three stars of the game:
1-Chandler Stephenson, Capitals
Stephenson had not scored a goal in his previous 28 contests. Then he scored twice on the same shift for his first multi-goal game in the NHL. Hockey is funny like that. Anyway, he’s almost assuredly earned himself a temporary stay as Coach Barry Trotz looks for a forward to scratch Friday in Pittsburgh.
2-Braden Holtby, Capitals
Holtby wasn’t great in the All-Star Game. He was, however, great in his first game after the three-day break, with a number of big stops vs. the Flyers. The biggest? A second period pad stop on Claude Giroux kept the score level, 2-2.
3-T.J. Oshie, Capitals
It had been 13 games since Oshie’s last goal, and the drought was clearly starting to wear on No. 77. But the dry spell came to its timely end in the third period when Oshie fired a power play shot up and over Michal Neuvirth to put the Caps ahead 4-2.
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