Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night at Verizon Center:
How it happened: The Capitals looked sluggish in the opening period, falling behind 2-0 on goals by Brayden Schenn and Ryan White, but they rallied to tie the score in the second period on goals by Andre Burakovsky and Nicklas Backstrom. The Flyers pulled ahead on Jakub Voracek’s goal off a faceoff early in the third period but Burakovsky knotted it again with his seventh goal of the season. The Flyers finished off the Caps 40 seconds in overtime when Voracek spun off Evgeny Kuznetsov and roofed a shot over Braden Holtby. Holtby argued that Voracek knocked his goalie stick out of his hand but the challenge was overruled on the ice.
What it means: The Caps had their two-game win streak snapped while the Flyers snapped a three-game losing streak.
Look ahead: Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby and coaches Barry Trotz and Mitch Korn will be in Nashville for this weekend’s NHL All-Star festivities at Bridgestone Arena. The rest of the Capitals will scatter until Monday when they are to report for a 2:30 p.m. practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington. The Caps resume their schedule on Tuesdaynight at home against the Florida Panthers, followed by a Thursday visit by the Islanders.
Snow dates: Although nothing is official with the NHL, the Capitals and Penguins are considering making up Sunday’ssnowed-out game on Tuesday, March 1. Both teams are scheduled off on that date.