Good games from Johansson, Fleischmann, Fehr, and Chimera tonight, I thought. Johansson was stronger on the puck than I've ever seen before and created his own shots, winning board battles. Fleischmann looked much better at wing, as he had a lesser defensive responsibility and good lurk for good shots. He got them, too, hitting three posts or so. Fehr looked good for most of the game, driving to the net hard and picking up the game-tying goal too. Chimera was just flying, as the Chimera-Johansson-Bradley line looked good.
Still, I don't think the Capitals deserved the point they got, let alone two. Bad refereeing or not, bad luck hitting the posts or not, there's no excuse to take so many minor penalties, even if the other team took almost as many. By my count it was 10. That's approaching a period's worth of play solely on the PK. That's ridiculous. If the Capitals can't fix discipline issues they'll be screwed come the playoffs, as a hot goalie + good special teams a la Montreal will beat them once again.
The Flyers didn't deserve to win, but neither did the Caps. Whatever, might as well split the points.
Man of the match: Let's give it to Marcus Johansson, though no one from either side stood out all that much, really. Green was fantastic on the penalty kill, and Richards was pretty good too. Pronger made one mistake (Johansson goal), but otherwise was solid.
Timeonice reports: Faceoffs Corsi/Fenwick Shift Charts H2H
- Semin hitting both the left post and the crossbar with his final shootout attempt pretty much sums up the luck the Capitals had in this game.
- The Flyers are a really good team when they try and control the tempo. When they play slowly, there is nary a chance that they give up, even if they're not producing at the other end. In that case, perhaps the Caps were better off taking a penalty. In the third, with the Flyers choking the life out of the game, a Flyers PP got the boys in orange to open up the game a bit more, which is all the Caps needed.
- The Capitals could learn a thing or two from Philadelphia about choking the life out of the game.
- Don't show the overtime penalty kill to a Green hater. His or her head might explode. Green made at least three terrific defensive plays in a roughly 20 second sequence on the later part of that kill.
- John Carlson was a +4 zone start, Karl Alzner a +5, and yet their Fenwicks were 2 and 0 respectively, Corsis -2 each. Solid game.
- Could the Alex Ovechkin struggles be in part because he no longer gets the most favorable zone starts on the team? He was an even tonight.
- Peter Laviolette really looked like he was matching lines. Funky stuff in Corsi, with Kimmo Timonen, Darrel Powe, Claude Giroux, and Sean O'Donnell getting big negative Corsis, while Mike Richards, James vanRiemsdyk, and Matt Carle equally far from zero in the positive direction.
- Both Timonen-Coburn and Carle-Pronger drew Ovechkin. It looks like Boudreau initially tried to get Ovechkin away from those two pairings, but once the Caps fell behind stopped caring, and the team is probably better off as a result. Ovechkin needs to be able to get the best of top defensive competition on a nightly basis.
- Blair Betts, Jody Shelley, and Nikolay Zherdev bring up the rear in Flyers ES TOI. Jeff Carter didn't top 10 minutes. Yikes.
- Marcus Johansson got the better of Claude Giroux tonight. Sounds like a second-line center to me.
- Laich didn't look as good at center. Covering a Flyers center requires more effort defensively than covering a winger.
- Good zone starts for Johansson, Fleischmann, Laich, Fehr, and others certainly helped their numbers.
- Caps SHTOI leaders: Schultz, Alzner, Green, Carlson, Gordon, Laich, and Johansson all topped four minutes, with the first three topping six and the next three topping 5:40. Killing all but two (technically one, but the Richards goal was right after a PK had expired) is pretty decent.
Thanks to Vic Ferrari for his great script to really help making this table. Here's the link.
Scoring Chances for NHL Game Number 20287
|WSH||1||18:10||T Johansson 2-on-1||4||10||25||30||89||90||6||19||22||33||41||48||5v5|
|WSH||1||16:14||T Ovechkin breakaway, post||8||19||27||28||30||74||5||6||17||28||33||36||5v5|
|WSH||1||15:04||ZP Fleischmann after good keep-in by Green||14||16||21||30||52||55||6||15||33||41||48||93||5v5|
|WSH||1||13:54||T Fleischmann tic-tac-toe, post||8||14||16||25||30||52||5||18||28||33||41||5v4|
|WSH||1||13:16||ZP Fleischmann deflects Backstrom one-timer, post||8||14||16||25||30||52||11||20||33||36||44||5v4|
|WSH||1||13:04||Fehr at side of net||8||14||16||25||30||52||11||20||33||36||44||5v4|
|PHI||1||12:17||ZP Chimera coughs up the puck in the slot||10||25||27||30||74||90||17||20||25||28||33||36||5v5|
|WSH||1||11:51||T GOAL Johansson||10||25||30||52||55||90||15||20||25||28||33||93||5v5|
|WSH||1||5:55||T Carlson 2-on-1||14||21||27||28||30||74||5||17||28||33||36||44||5v5|
|WSH||1||5:30||FO Schultz shot deflected||14||16||21||30||52||55||15||18||20||21||25||33||5v5|
|PHI||1||2:41||ZP Hartnell puts a rebound over the net||15||19||30||52||55||19||20||28||33||44||48||4v5|
|WSH||1||1:49||T Laich to Johansson||21||30||52||55||90||17||18||22||25||33||41||4v5|
|WSH||2||17:40||T Ovechkin breakaway||8||14||16||25||30||52||11||20||33||36||44||5v4|
|WSH||2||17:27||ZP Fleischmann in front||8||14||16||25||30||52||11||20||33||36||44||5v4|
|WSH||2||16:22||ZP Laich tries to stuff||8||19||21||28||30||52||6||18||33||36||41||5v4|
|WSH||2||16:00||ZP Laich tries to stuff||8||19||21||28||30||52||6||18||33||36||41||5v4|
|PHI||2||15:12||ZP Carter tries to jam the rebound||15||27||30||39||74||17||19||20||33||44||48||4v5|
|PHI||2||12:47||ZP Giroux tries to stuff||25||27||30||52||90||19||22||25||28||33||41||4v5|
|WSH||2||10:45||T Green to Fleischmann||8||14||16||25||30||52||6||18||28||33||41||5v4|
|PHI||2||9:13||T quick passing, whiff on shot attempt||4||15||26||27||30||90||6||15||18||21||33||41||5v5|
|PHI||2||8:30||T Giroux off turnover||8||19||28||30||55||74||5||17||28||33||36||44||5v5|
|PHI||2||6:47||GOAL FO Pronger shot tipped by Giroux||10||25||27||30||74||90||5||15||18||21||25||33||5v5|
|PHI||2||6:29||FO vanRiemsdyk shot hits post||10||25||27||30||74||90||5||15||18||21||25||33||5v5|
|PHI||2||4:42||ZP Carle slapshot deflected||4||14||16||21||30||52||19||22||25||33||41||48||5v5|
|PHI||2||3:52||ZP Richards at side of net||15||19||30||52||55||18||19||20||28||33||44||4v5|
|PHI||2||3:06||T Briere puts a rebound wide||21||27||30||74||90||17||20||22||33||44||48||4v5|
|PHI||2||2:14||ZP GOAL Richards||16||25||26||27||30||74||18||19||25||28||33||41||5v5|
|WSH||3||17:23||ZP Carlson shot deflected||8||14||16||25||30||74||6||11||25||33||36||5v4|
|WSH||3||15:28||T Johansson end-to-end||10||25||30||52||55||90||17||20||28||33||36||44||5v5|
|WSH||3||14:02||T Fehr can\'t reach cross-crease pass||4||14||16||21||30||89||6||19||20||22||33||48||5v5|
|PHI||3||11:54||T Richards after Steckel FO win goes past D||15||26||27||30||39||74||6||15||18||21||33||41||5v5|
|PHI||3||10:21||T GOAL Carter||8||21||28||30||52||55||17||20||25||28||33||45||5v5|
|WSH||3||8:58||ZP GOAL Backstrom||8||16||19||21||30||52||5||18||20||28||33||5v4|
|WSH||3||8:30||ZP GOAL Chimera||14||25||26||30||52||74||11||33||36||41||44||5v4|
|PHI||3||6:08||ZP GOAL Nodl||14||16||21||30||52||55||15||18||20||21||25||33||5v5|
|WSH||3||3:10||T Semin wrister||4||8||19||28||30||89||15||20||21||33||36||44||5v5|
|WSH||3||0:40||ZP GOAL Fehr||8||16||19||21||28||52||18||20||28||33||44||5v4|
|WSH||4||3:00||T Fehr wrister||14||16||30||52||55||18||25||28||33||41||4v4|
|WSH||4||2:40||T Green joins the rush, pass misses Fleischmann||14||16||30||52||55||18||20||25||28||33||4v4|
|PHI||4||1:37||ZP Pronger one-timer||15||21||30||55||18||20||28||33||44||3v4|
|Period||Totals||EV||PP||5v3 PP||SH||5v3 SH|