Capitals rally in final three minutes to beat Flyers


The Capitals got some late heroics from their fourth line as it put two goals on the board in a minute and 45 seconds to put them up in Philadelphia. An empty-net goal put things away in a 5-3 win against the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. 

The Capitals are now 28-15-9 on the season, but will have a week off before their next game against the New York Rangers. With two straight wins entering a week off, they'll hope the momentum is able to spring them down the stretch.

Here are a few takeaways from the Capitals’ night in Philadelphia:

4th line magic

With the Capitals down 3-2 in the final minutes, it was their fourth line that got the job done. 

Garnet Hathaway tied the game on a deflection on a shot from the point by John Carlson with 2:57 left to play. And just a few minutes later, they did it again. 

The Flyers turned the puck over in their defensive zone and Carl Hagelin was there to find the loose puck and send it to a wide-open Hathaway in front to put the Capitals up 4-3. It was Hathaway's 10th goal of the season. 

Samsonov starts in net

The Capitals and coach Peter Laviolette turned to Ilya Samsonov once again in net for the fourth-straight game. 

Samsonov stopped 30 of 33 shots sent his direction, his second solid performance in a row. Considering consistency has been the biggest issue with Capitals goaltending this season, it was a welcome sign. 

With Vitek Vanecek on the shelf still with an injury, he'll have a week to recover before the team's next game. And once again, both netminders will battle to be the starter. 


Snively stays hot

Joe Snively scored the first power play goal of his NHL career in the second period to put the Capitals up 2-1, as the 26-year-old continues to show why he should stick around D.C. 

In nine games this season, and in his Capitals career, Snively has four goals and three assists. He’s scored all four of those goals in his last four games, including a two-goal performance in Montreal last week. 

For a team that needs depth scoring, Snively is doing what he can to prove he’s right in the conversation of deserving a sweater each night. 

Kempny back on the board

The Capitals took a 1-0 lead late in the first period on a slap shot from Michal Kempny, his first of the season in his eighth NHL game. 

That goal was a bit more noteworthy considering it was Kempny’s first goal since Oct. 25, 2019, when he scored two goals against the Vancouver Canucks. Since then he’s been hampered and slowed by injuries and a pandemic. 

In the lineup due to an injury to Justin Schultz, Kempny was able to get back onto the scoresheet.

Bye week 

The Capitals will have a rarity upcoming over the next few days, as Thursday was their last game for a week. 

They’ll have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off of practice before returning to the ice Monday. It’s a unique week off in the NHL season, especially considering the Capitals had to reschedule a handful of games due to COVID postponements. 

Their next game will be Thursday at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers, but until then, they’ll have time to rest before the final 30 games of the season.