The Flyers entered the game against the Washington Capitals on a two-game winning streak and the winners of six of their last seven games. The Capitals entered the game coming off a three to two win against the Montreal Canadians. The last game between the two teams ended with the Flyers winning their season opener by a score of eight to two.
The matinee game had a playoff feel to it as the two teams are only separated by eight points. Both teams had to fight for every inch of ice in the period. The game could have easily been two to nothing in favor of Washington if not for a great save by Brian Elliott off a one-timer by Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov missing on a wide open net. The period ended zero to zero and neither team managing more than ten shots on goal.
The second period started with more of the same style of play as the first period with the scoring chances few and far between. The Flyers managed to catch the Capitals in a defensive breakdown when Valtteri Filppula passed the puck out from behind the net to a wide-open Michael Raffl who sent a wrist shot just under the blocker of Braden Holtby to give the Flyers a one to nothing lead.
The Flyers looked like they were going to take a one to nothing lead into the third period until Claude Giroux picked up a questionable slashing call on Nicklas Backstrom. The Flyers did a good job of killing off the penalty until with fifteen seconds to go in the period. Ovechkin managed to get off a one-timer from the top of the far faceoff circle that beat Elliott over his glove to tie the game at one.
The third period had a step up on the defensive play with neither team managing more than eight shots on goal for the period. If you wanted to get an early glimpse of playoff hockey then this was the game to watch to get you in the mood for the playoffs. The period ended with neither team managing to break the tie and the two teams prepared for the three on three overtime.
As the overtime started the big question would be who will end the game or will it go to a shootout to get a decision. The game only needed twenty-seven seconds to supply the answer. Travis Konecny skated down the near boards and was able to use his speed to squeeze past John Carlson giving the Flyers a two on one break. As Sean Couturier skated to the front of the net he took T.J. Oshie to the front with him. Konecny used the opportunity to cut back to the center of the ice stepping past Kuznetsov and firing a wrist shot past the blocker of Holtby to give the Flyers their second overtime win in three games.
The Flyers next opponent will be the Detroit Red Wings who enter the game sitting ten points out of a playoff spot. The last game between the two teams ended up with the Flyers picking up the four to three victory. The Flyers are 65 W 50 L 21 T and 1 OTL all-time against the Red Wings. Can the Flyers continue their play of late and extend their winning streak to four games or will the Red Wings get revenge for the loss handed to them the last time these two teams met?