A four-goal third period turned what looked like a close contest into a blowout as the Washington Capitals won their ninth straight thanks to a 5-0 romp over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Here’s a recap of the three bold predictions.
1. The Flyers will score a power play goal - Wrong
The Caps gave Philadelphia plenty of chances as they took five minor penalties, but the Caps’ P.K. was up to the task as they killed off all five against a very potent Flyes power play. Taking too many penalties remains one of the few blights for the Caps in their nine-game win streak.
2. Both teams will combine for over 65 shots - Not even close
The total number was 44 shots on goal. Washington didn’t really do its part on this one with only 10 shots through the first two periods. You could tell the game was turning in Washington’s favor in the second period when Philadelphia managed only four. Then in the third, the Flyers barely seemed to have the puck at all while Washington scored four times on just 12 shots.
3. A defenseman will score for Washington - Correct
Thanks to Matt Niskanen for saving me from another shutout. Niskanen scored not once, but twice for the Caps in the offensive bonanza of the third period. I expected Washington to slow things down and play a more deliberate style after getting caught up in a foot race the last time these two teams played. That would mean more passes to the blue line for shots and deflections. Ironically enough, Niskanen’s first goal came off the rush thanks to a great pass from Alex Ovechkin.
2017 Results: Maybe I should just predict Washington will get five goals and not allow any for every game from now on.
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