Offense stays hot for Caps in 6-1 win over Flyers

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Two days after putting up eight goals, the Capitals followed that up with five goals on Tuesday in a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. The win gives Washington sole possession of first place in the East Division. The Caps are now two points ahead of the New York Islanders and four points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins, both of whom were idle on Tuesday.

Here is how the win happened.

A strong start

Washington picked up right where it left off on Sunday. It took just over seven minutes for Conor Sheary to put the Caps on the board and less than five minutes for Tom Wilson to make it 2-1. Wilson's goal was the first of three goals the team would score in a span of 6:49 late in the first to take firm control of the game.

After 20 minutes it was 4-1 and a Flyers team that has cratered in the standings and sold pieces at the trade deadline looked like they were ready to head home.

The power play

Can I interest you in a 100% success rate on the power play? Because that's what Washington did against Philadelphia.

Part of the scouting report on goalie Brian Elliott must be on sharp-angle shots. Both Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom elected on the power play to pull the trigger against Elliott without much angle to shoot on and both came away with goals for their effort.

Alex Ovechkin would score a third power play tally in the third period to make the Caps a perfect 3-for-3 on the night.


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Anthony Mantha

When you make a big trade at the deadline for a player to plug into the top-six for a championship run, there is pressure for that player to produce right away.  Anthony Mantha certainly made a good impression in his Caps debut tallying a goal and an assist.

Mantha took a drop-pass from T.J. Oshie in the offensive zone and cut to the middle. He was well defended as he cocked for a wrist shot, but instead cradled the puck again, took an extra step and then wristed the puck into the net. The extra move threw off both the defenseman and Elliott and resulted in a goal. Mantha also had a great individual effort to weave his way around Justin Braun, but was robbed by Elliott otherwise he could have had two goals on the night.

In addition to the two points, Mantha also recorded six shots on goal.

Spreading the wealth

Just like in Sunday's game, Washington's big offensive night was a team effort and not just the result of the star players going off for big nights.

The Caps had six different goal scorers on the night. Six different players recorded at least two points and Sheary notched a team-high three points in the effort.