October 14, 2017

A night after firing on all cylinders in a Friday road-win against the Devils, the Capitals (3-2-1) were blitzed and pressured by the Flyers (3-2-0) for three full periods on Saturday night, with Philipp Grubauer surrendering eight goals.

The end result was a lopsided 8-2 loss on in Philadelphia. 

How It Happened: The Flyers were the penultimate team to make their home-opner, with over a full day off since their last game. The Capitals, on the other hand, were facing their first second game of a back-to-back road trip. It was clear which team had fresher legs, with the Flyers blitzing and pressuring the Capitals for the entirity of the 6-goal victory.

Veteran Claude Giroux (2g, 2a) and young gun Sean Couturier (2g, 1a) led the onslaught, with the Flyers outshooting the Capitals (37-23) in all three periods. 

Jakub Vrana netted a goal for the second consecutive night, doing so midway through the first period to even the score 1-1. But the relentless pressure began the break the Capitals as the first period came to a close. Scott Laughton's shorthanded goal with just ove a minute remaining stretched the lead to 2-1. The first intermission couldn't save the Capitals, as Wayne Simmonds (1g, 1a) buried a beautiful feed from Jakub Voracek (0g, 3a) past Grubauer to extend the lead to 3-1. From there, the game was out of reach, with only a Nicklas Backstrom (1g, 0a) goal registering for the Capitals. Another goal for the Flyers made it 5-2 at the end of the second.


The Flyers beat the Capitals to the puck and to the net in the third period as well, registering three more goals. When the horn flowed sounded, the Caps skated off the ice with a 8-2 loss.

Bowey's Debut Hardly Memorable: Madison Bowey was the latest Caps' prospect to make his NHL debut, and it was not one he's likely to remember with much fondest. Bowey got the nod following Matt Niskanen's trip to the Injured Reserve, and while Bowey still has a bright future ahead of him, Saturday night provided a "welocme to the league" experience.

It's wasn't entirely his fault, the Capitals — as a team — struggled against the Flyers, but Bowey's 14:55 of ice time was littered with rookie mistakes. Voracek sent Bowey back to school early in the game, catching the 22-year-old out of position before dishing the puck to Wayne Simmonds for the Flyers' third goal of the game.

Bowey finished with a -3 plus/minus rating and was on the ice for five of the Flyers' goals. 

Looking Ahead: The Capitals get to head home and rest up for the first showdown against Auston Matthews.

The Toronto Maple Leafs head to town on Tuesday, Oct. 17  for the first meeting between the two teams since there memorable first-round series of the 206-17 playoffs.