2 Derian Hatcher (right knee damage) is on injured reserve.
12 Simon Gagne suffered a mild right shoulder strain but there is a chance he could return tonight.
15 Joffrey Lupul suffered an abdominal pull January 2 and was placed on the injured list January 5. He will be sidelined at least two weeks.
19 Scott Hartnell will play tonight despite a broken big toe.
24 Josh Gratton has an abdominal injury and is questionable for tonight.
28 Claude Giroux is day-to-day as he suffered a mild concussion January 2 after being sticked to the jaw by Corey Perry.
30 Antero Niittymaki suffered a groin pull January 3 and is on the injured list. He is expected out 7-to-10 days.
36 Darroll Powe has a hip pointer. He is questionable for tonight but could play Thursday against Minnesota.
44 Kimmo Timonen has a chip fracture in his ankle but will play.
45 Arron Asham has a knee injury and is currently on the injured list. He could play against Washington.
46 Jon Kalinski had blood drained from his left thigh and will not play tonight. From Paul Holmgren January 5 "Jon [Kalinski] is actually in the hospital. He had to have surgery on his thigh yesterday because of a contusion on his thigh that we couldn't get the swelling down. They had to go in and get the blood out of there. So, he's lying in a hospital with an open wound, letting it drain. We just have to see how it goes, but it's going to be significant time. Probably a couple weeks."
48 Danny Briere will not play tonight. His earliest return is this weekend but that is uncertain.
FLYERS' ROSTER: Forwards:
# Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
45 Arron Asham ** 5' 11" 205 Apr 13, 1978 30 Portage La Prairie, MB, CAN
48 Danny Briere ** 5' 10" 179 Oct 6, 1977 31 Gatineau, QC, CAN
17 Jeff Carter 6' 3" 200 Jan 1, 1985 24 London, ON, CAN
32 Riley Cote 6' 2" 220 Mar 16, 1982 26 Winnipeg, MB, CAN
12 Simon Gagne "A" 6' 0" 195 Feb 29, 1980 28 Ste. Foy, QC, CAN
28 Claude Giroux 5' 11" 172 Jan 12, 1988 20 Hearst, ON, CAN
24 Josh Gratton 6' 2" 214 Sep 9, 1982 26 Brantford, ON, CAN
19 Scott Hartnell 6' 2" 210 Apr 18, 1982 26 Regina, SK, CAN
46 Jon Kalinski 6' 1" 175 May 25, 1987 21 Bonnyville, AB, CAN
22 Mike Knuble 6' 3" 230 Jul 4, 1972 36 Toronto, ON, CAN
15 Joffrey Lupul ** 6' 1" 205 Sep 23, 1983 25 Fort Saskatchewan, AB, CAN
13 Glen Metropolit 5' 10" 195 Jun 25, 1974 34 Toronto, ON, CAN
14 Andreas Nodl 6' 1" 196 Feb 28, 1987 21 Vienna, AUT
36 Darroll Powe 5' 11" 212 Jun 22, 1985 23 Saskatoon, SK, CAN
18 Mike Richards "C" 5' 11" 195 Feb 11, 1985 23 Kenora, ON, CAN
9 Scottie Upshall 6' 0" 197 Oct 7, 1983 25 Fort Mcmurray, AB, CAN
# Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
41 Andrew Alberts 6' 5" 218 Jun 30, 1981 27 Minneapolis, MN, USA
25 Matt Carle 6' 0" 205 Sep 25, 1984 24 Anchorage, AK, USA
5 Braydon Coburn 6' 5" 220 Feb 27, 1985 23 Calgary, AB, CAN
2 Derian Hatcher ** 6' 5" 235 Jun 4, 1972 36 Sterling Heights, MI, USA
6 Randy Jones 6' 2" 200 Jul 23, 1981 27 Quispamsis, NB, CAN
3 Lasse Kukkonen 6' 0" 190 Sep 18, 1981 27 Oulu, FIN
47 Luca Sbisa 6' 2" 190 Jan 30, 1990 18 Ozieri, ITA
44 Kimmo Timonen "A" 5' 10" 194 Mar 18, 1975 33 Kuopio, FIN
23 Ossi Vaananen 6' 4" 215 Aug 18, 1980 28 Vantaa, FIN
# Player Height Weight DOB Age Birthplace
43 Martin Biron 6' 3" 180 Aug 15, 1977 31 Lac St. Charles, QC, CAN
49 Scott Munroe 6' 2" 195 Jan 20, 1982 26 Moose Jaw, SK, CAN
30 Antero Niittymaki 6' 1" 195 Jun 18, 1980 28 Turku, FIN
FLYERS-CAPITALS' SERIES HISTORY: Current and Miscellaneous:
The Flyers all-time regular season record is: W 93 -- L 61 -- T 19 -- OTL 3.
The Flyers all-time home record is 56-27-6-1 and away it is 37-34-13-2.
In 23 PO games, the Flyers are 11-12 including 6-4 at home and 5-8 away. The Caps won series in 1984 (3-0) and 1988 (4-3) while the Flyers won in 1989 (4-2) and 2008 (4-3).
November 9, 1974 -- In the first ever meeting between the franchises, Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber and Tom Bladon each had three points in the Flyers' 6-2 home win. Orest Kindrachuk scored the third goal via a penalty shot. The first goal scored in this series was by Washington's Bill Mikkelson who scored just four goals in his NHL career. Michel Belhumeur made 39 saves in a loss.
December 26, 1974 -- Bobby Clarke scored twice and led the Flyers to a 4-1 win. in the first meeting between these squads at Washington. Reggie Leach had two points and Bernie Parent made 19 saves.
January 16, 1975 -- Bernie Parent had the shutout and the Flyers scored three third period goals in a 4-0 home win. Veteran Ted Harris snapped a scoreless tie in the second period, in what would be the only goal in his Flyers' career and the last goal of his NHL career. Philly outshot Washington 11-1 in the third period and 40-20 in the game.
March 18, 1975 -- Rick MacLeish (3-2-5) led the Flyers to a 7-2 victory at Washington. Bobby Clarke recorded his 100th point of the season.
June 4, 1975 -- Bill Clement, Don McLean and Philadelphia's 1st round choice (Alex Forsyth) in the 1975 Amateur Draft were traded to the Capitals for Washington's 1st round choice -- the first overall pick in the Draft -- which the Flyers used to select Mel Bridgman.
October 9, 1975 -- In the season opener, Reggie Leach scored the tie-breaker with 1:59 to play in the Flyers' 5-4 win. Michel Belhumeur made 45 saves for Washington. The Caps scored twice in the last five minutes of the third period to rally from a 4-2 deficit. Mel Bridgman, the NHL's number one pick in the 1975 Draft, scored in his first game and gave the Flyers a 4-2 lead.
December 19, 1975 -- Rick MacLeish (3-0-3), Bobby Clarke (1-3-4) and Bill Barber (2-2-4) led the Flyers to a 7-5 victory. The game was knotted at 5-5 after two periods. The Flyers outshot Washington 53-22 including 20-3 in the first period. Philly outshot the Caps 50-28.
February 24, 1976 -- Washington (six losses in six games) earned the first point in franchise history against the Flyers in a 5-5 tie. Bernie Parent played his first game of the season after he returned from neck surgery (October 14) and the rust showed; he made just 14 saves on 19 shots. The Capitals led 3-0 past the midway point of the game but the Flyers scored the next four to take a 4-3 lead in the third period. The Caps then scored twice in just over three minutes to regain the lead, 5-4. Tom Bladon's goal tied the game at 5-5 with 5:23 remaining. The Flyers held a 41-19 shots advantage including 33-12 over the last 40 minutes.
April 1, 1976 -- The Flyers clobbered the Capitals 11-2 in the Spectrum as Reggie Leach (2-3-5) became the second player (Phil Esposito) in NHL history to score 60 goals in any regular season. Bobby Clarke (0-5-5), Bill Barber (3-1-4, 11 shots) and Orest Kindrachuk (2-2-4) had impressive games. Philly led 4-0 less than nine minutes in to the contest. The Flyers outshot Washington 62-23 (44-11 after two); the shot total remains a team record. Ron Low gave up all 11 goals and made 51 saves; he stopped 24 of 25 shots in the second period. Philly scored five times in both the first and third periods. One of the goals was by Larry Wright who scored his first NHL goal in his 40th game; it was also his final game with the Flyers. The Caps scored with six seconds left in the game.
December 3, 1976 -- The teams skated to a 4-4 tie when Gary Monahan scored with 30 seconds to play for Washington. Reggie Leach, who scored two goals, put the Flyers atop 4-3 with 3:45 to play.
December 23, 1976 -- Don Saleski scored consecutive second period goals in Philly's 5-2 home win. Mel Bridgman had three points.
January 30, 1977 -- The teams played to a 5-5 tie at Washington. Rick MacLeish's PPG with 3:36 to play evened the game. Bob Kelly scored consecutive second period goals 43 seconds apart to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead.
February 10, 1977 -- Bill Barber (1-4-5) and Rick MacLeish (2-1-3) led the Flyers' dominance in a 9-2 win. Shots were 46-18. In Ron Low's five starts for Washington against the Flyers, the goalie went 0-5-0 and surrendered 34 goals, including 26 in his last three outings.
November 3, 1977 -- The Flyers held a 34-16 shots advantage, including 17-1 in the second period, of a 4-1 victory. Bernie Parent made 15 saves in the win. Bernie Wolfe made 30 saves in the loss.
November 5, 1977 -- Bobby Clarke scored twice in Philly's 3-1 win at Washington. Bernie Wolfe made 36 saves in the loss.
February 12, 1978 --The Flyers dominated Washington 30-7 in shots and 4-1 on the scoreboard. The Caps' shot total is currently the lowest total any team has had against the Flyers. They had two in both the first and second periods and three in the third period. Bernie Parent recorded the victory by making six saves on seven shots.
February 26, 1978 -- The Flyers dominated the first period by taking a 4-1 lead on a 21-7 shot advantage after 20 minutes and skated to a 6-1 win at Washington.
December 19, 1978 -- The teams skated to a 4-4 tie at Washington when Mel Bridgman assisted on the last two goals of the contest after the Caps led 4-2 in the third period. Bridgman had three points as did Washington's Dennis Maruk. Former Flyer Gary Inness made 35 saves for Washington. Future Capital Pete Peeters made 15 saves in his second NHL game and second consecutive start.
December 21, 1978 -- The Flyers got a pair of goals from Yves Preston (2-1-3) and Rick MacLeish (2-0-2) in a 5-2 home win. There were three fights in the game including Mel Bridgman defeating Bill Riley who earlier fought Rick Lapointe.
January 9, 1979 -- Wayne Stephenson made 41 saves and Reggie Leach (2 goals), Bobby Clarke and Bob Dailey each had three points in the Flyers' 5-2 win. The Capitals' Guy Charron (2 points) had 13 shots on goal, the Caps outshout the Flyers 43-22.
March 25, 1979 -- Down 4-3 in the third period, Jimmy Watson scored a SHG with nine minutes to play, Bill Barber scored the go-ahead goal two minutes later and the Flyers added two more goals in a 7-4 win.
August 16, 1979 -- Wayne Stephenson was traded by Philadelphia for the Capitals' 3rd round choice (Barry Tabobondung) in the 1981 Entry Draft. When he was drafted by the Flyers during the selection in the Montreal Forum, Tabobondung was so excited he attempted to climb over seats to meet the awaiting staff; however, his leg became jammed in those seats and he was stuck for two hours until arena maintenance was able to remove the entire row to free him. Tabobondung was killed in 2000 in a vehicular accident in which he saved his son's life.
April 3, 1980 -- Reggie Leach scored his 48th, 49th and 50th goals of the season and Bobby Clarke had four assists in the Flyers' 4-2 home win. Down 2-0 after one period, the Flyers scored twice in the late portion of the second period and then Leach sealed the victory at 5:08 into the third before adding his 50th on an ENG.
August 21, 1980 -- Bob "Hound" Kelly was dealt to Washington for a 3rd round choice (Bill Campbell) in the 1982 Entry Draft.
December 20, 1980 -- The Flyers dominated the last two periods of a 5-2 road win. The Flyers outshot Washington 32-10 and out-scored the Caps 5-0 combined in periods two and three. Washington led 2-0 after one period, including a goal by Bob Kelly. Reggie Leach and Tim Kerr scored PPGs 28 seconds apart -- on different penalties -- to give Philly a 3-2 lead.
December 21, 1980 -- It took 26 (19-0-6 pre-game record) tries but Washington finally recorded a victory in this series as Mike Palmateer made 44 stops in a 6-0 win in Philadelphia. The Caps were 0-12-0 and out-scored 71-26 in 12 prior visits to Philadelphia. The Flyers entered the game 21 points better than the Caps. Philly had 14 shots in the first seven minutes. There were 17 fighting majors, multiple misconducts and 344 PIMs. At one point, late in the game, the Flyers had a PP for 6:56 but a slashing major to Reggie Leach nullified much of it. The first clash erupted just 19 seconds into the contest between Jim McTaggart and Ken Linseman. Former Flyer Bob Kelly, in his first appearance as a non-Flyer in the Spectrum, was greeted with many appreciative signs; however, he and Linseman fought. Archie Henderson (who made his NHL debut and played just seven games in his Caps' career) and Behn Wilson dueled twice in the first period: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXto3XpRcy0 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9o_BgVGeHg
January 4, 1981 -- The Flyers bombed the Caps 8-1 at Washington led by Ken Linseman's four points and Pete Peeters' 22 saves. Bill Barber had three points. Mike Palmateer and Wayne Stephenson shared goalie duties for the Caps.
March 24, 1981 -- Washington won 5-2 at Philly led by Mike Gartner's hat trick and Mike Palmateer's 34 saves. Rick MacLeish scored twice for the Flyers.
October 14, 1981 -- The Caps dropped a 5-4 decision at Washington when Brian Propp scored with 25 seconds left in the game. Washington rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the third period. Propp and Reggie Leach each scored twice. Ryan Walter had three points for the Caps.
November 21, 1981 -- Washington blasted Philadelphia 10-4 and the Caps had their first ever home win in this series. The Flyers were 9-0-6 in the first 15 games at Washington. Rick St. Croix was in net for every goal. Washington led 8-1 less than halfway through the affair. The next night, Washington won again as rookie sensation Chris Valentine snapped a 2-2 tie in a 3-2 victory.
March 7, 1982 -- Rick St. Croix made 44 saves (and an assist) and Philly scored four first period goals in a 7-1 thrashing in the Spectrum. Both teams recorded 45 shots. Darryl Sittler, Ray Allison and Brian Propp each had a goal and an assist. St. Croix missed the shutout when Ryan Walter scored with 2:24 remaining.
March 27, 1982 -- Bobby Clarke rallied the Flyers to a 4-4 tie at Washington. The Caps had a 4-1 lead in the final period but after Al Hill made it 4-2, Clarke scored the first of his consecutive goals 17 seconds later and then on the PP with 6:05 to play. The second period was littered with fights and four players (Ray Allison, Bob Hoffmeyer and Glen Cochrane of the Flyers and the Caps' Torrie Robertson and Randy Holt were ejected). Holt had 34 PIMs in the game. Lee Norwood had four points for Washington.
October 9, 1982 -- Rick St. Croix made 35 saves and the Flyers won 3-2 at Washington. Brian Propp had a goal and an assist.
October 10, 1982 -- The Flyers swept the back-to-back series with a 6-4 win in the Spectrum. Darryl Sittler scored twice and Brian Propp had three points. Pat Riggin was removed after two periods for former Flyer Robbie Moore. Rick St. Croix made 29 saves including 18 in the first period. In the first three minutes of the second period, the Flyers scored three times in a span of 97 seconds to go from a 2-1 hole to a 4-2 lead.
December 26, 1982 -- The Flyers scored three third period goals in a 6-3 road win. Mark Howe's second goal of the game came on the PK just 26 seconds into the final period. Brian Propp also had two goals both coming ion the first period when the Flyers led 3-0. Washington scored three times in the middle period to tie the game 3-3 after 40 minutes
January 18, 1983 -- Washington's 4-1 win was the only loss by the Flyers in a 22-game span from 12/22/82-through-2/10/83. The Flyers entered the game 11-0-1 in the past 12 contests. Al Jensen made 42 saves in the victory for Washington. Bengt Gustafsson scored the Caps' fourth goal just five seconds into the start of the third period as he beat Michel Larocque was played the entire game.
Ocotber 6, 1983 -- In the season opener, the Flyers overcame a slow first period and won 4-1 at home backed by Pelle Lindbergh's 31 saves and Mark Howe's three assists. Rick MacLeish started the comeback with his first goal as a Flyer since the 1980-81 season in his return to the franchise. Washington led 1-0 after 20 minutes and outshot Philly 10-3.
December 15, 1983 -- For the first time in a regular season game, the Flyers scored three SHGs, including two in 21 seconds, in a second period explosion that saw the Flyers score six times. Entering the 2008-09 season, this is also the only time the Flyers had three shorties in one period. Darryl Sittler had four assists to lead the Flyers in their 9-4 assault of the Capitals.
December 26, 1983 -- The Flyers overcame a late 4-3 deficit when Tim Kerr and Ilkka Sinisalo scored within 44 seconds of each other in a 5-4 win. Sinisalo scored on a breakaway with 4:36 to play. Washington trailed 3-1 after one but went ahead 4-3 with 8:22 remaining on a Bobby Gould goal.
January 8, 1984 -- Bengt Gustafsson had a remarkable outing scoring five goals off Pelle Lindbergh in the Capitals' 7-1 victory. Mike Gartner had three assists. Al Jensen made 26 saves for Washington. The Flyers led 1-0 for 59 seconds.
April 1, 1984 -- In the season finale to determine home ice advantage for the upcoming series, Washington beat the Flyers 4-1 in the Spectrum. Bob Froese made 34 saves in the loss.
April 4, 1984 -- In Game 1 of the Patrick Division Semis, the Capitals scored twice in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and won 4-2. The Flyers had leads of 1-0 and 2-1. Mike Gartner and Dave Christian each had two points. Pat Riggin defeated Bob Froese. Rod Langway fought Darryl Sittler with 35 seconds remaining in the third period. The Flyers dressed eight rookies.
April 5, 1984 -- In Game 2, Al Jensen made 30 saves and Washington scored four third period goals to break open a 2-2 tie in a 6-2 victory. Craig Laughlin got the GWG and 33 seconds later Dave Christian made it 4-2. The Flyers once again held leads of 1-0 and 2-1. Bobby Clarke scored his final NHL goal to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead.
April 7, 1984 -- In Game 3, Washington swept the Flyers (3-0) with a 5-1 victory in Philadelphia. Al Jensen stopped 37 shots. Pelle Lindbergh played goal, replacing Bob Froese who started Games 1 and 2. It was Bobby Clarke's final game as a player. Bill Barber underwent what would be career-ending surgery to correct a knee injury suffered prior to the series during a workout; Barber was diagnosed with a severe fractured femur. Bob McCammon and the Flyers agreed that he formally resign from his Coach-GM position after this series.
December 23, 1984 -- Tim Kerr recorded a hat trick and Murray Craven added two goals in the Flyers' 7-4 home win.
February 9, 1985 -- Tim Kerr had four goals, including a natural hat trick, and Brian Propp scored with two seconds left to give Philadelphia an important 5-4 win. The momentum-shifting victory propelled the Flyers to a 24-4-0 record in the season's final 28 games. Entering this game, the Flyers were 11 points behind Washington for the Division crown and 19 behind Edmonton for the NHL's top record. The Flyers eventually surpassed both teams for the League's best mark.
March 7, 1985 -- Tim Kerr (3-1-4 in the game and 7-1-8 in his last two against the Caps) and Dave Poulin (3-0-3) each recorded hat tricks and Ilkka Sinisalo (2-1-3) added consecutive goals to start the third period in the Flyers' 9-6 home victory. The Flyers led 2-0 but soon trailed 4-2. Kerr's 50th goal of the season, followed by Poulin's pair within a 32-second span of period two and Sinisalo's pair to open the third period upped the lead to 7-4. After the Caps scored twice, Kerr (51st goal) and Rick Tocchet finished the scoring.
March 8, 1985 -- The Flyers were victorious for the second time in two days claiming a 4-2 win at Washington. During the game, Tim Kerr suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee causing him to miss the next four-plus games. Bench-clearing brawl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpefm...eature=related
October 13, 1985 -- Pelle Lindbergh made 31 saves and Brian Propp scored twice in Philly's 4-2 win at Washington. Mike Gartner had both Washington goals.
January 9, 1986 -- Darren Jensen recorded his first NHL shutout by making 24 stops in Philadelphia's 4-0 win. Al Jensen was the Capitals' goalie. The Flyers outshot the Caps 35-24.
February 22, 1986 -- Bob Froese made 26 saves and the Flyers scored in each period of a 3-1 win at Philly.
March 13, 1986 -- Bob Froese made 19 saves as he shut out the Capitals 2-0 in Philadelphia. Ilkka Sinisalo scored in the early moments of the first period and it was the game's lone score until Dave Poulin added an ENG with 12 seconds to play.
March 23, 1986 -- Bobby Gould's goal in the early third period gave Washington a 6-5 home win. Pelle Eklund became the first Flyers' rookie to reach 50 assists in a season. This was the rare NHL game in which four goalies surrendered goals. Tim Kerr scored his 51st and 52nd goals of the season.
April 6, 1986 -- In a record-setting performance, and with the Patrick Division title on the line, the Flyers recovered from a 2-0 hole and won 5-3 at home. Philly entered the game with a 108-107 point lead over the Caps. The Flyers tied a team record with their 53rd regular season win while Tim Kerr scored his NHL-record 34th PPG of the season. Brian Propp scored a hat trick and Kerr scored twice. Propp's second goal was on a 2-on-0 shorthanded breakaway with PK'er partner Dave Poulin that gave Philly a 3- lead. Down by two goals, Washington pulled goalie Pete Peeters with 3:13 to play in regulation and narrowed the score to 4-3. Propp's third goal, his 40th of the season, came with 1:15 to play and gave Philly a 5-3 lead. Washington's 107 points were third best and 15 better than fourth place Quebec in the overall standings.
October 11, 1986 -- Ron Hextall made 34 saves and Tim Kerr scored twice in Philly's 6-1 romp at Washington.
November 16, 1986 -- The Flyers led 4-0 after one period, with Peter Zezel (2-1-3) scoring twice, in an eventual 6-2 victory in the Spectrum.
November 28, 1986 -- Ron Hextall made 25 saves in Philly's 4-2 win at Washington. Rick Tocchet scored 14 seconds into the game.
January 3, 1987 -- Ron Hextall made 22 saves and Mark Howe had two assists in Philly's 3-1 win at Washington. There were three fights in the game including Dave Brown-Scott Stevens. Stevens tried to remove Brown from the crease but Browen got the better of the Caps' d-man.
January 11, 1987 -- The teams played to a 2-2 tie at Philly when the Flyers scored twice in the last minute of the second period. Scott Mellanby scored at 19:59 to tie the game. Pete Peeters and Ron Hextall played goal. Scott Stevens fought both Scott Mellanby and Brad Marsh.
March 5, 1987 -- Ron Hextall made 24 saves and Brad McCrimmon had three points in the Flyers 4-2 win at the Spectrum.
April 4, 1987 -- Larry Murphy tied the game and won it in OT in Washington's 3-2 home win. Chico Resch played goal for the Flyers.
October 22, 1987 -- Clint Malarchuk made 21 saves and Greg Adams scored twice in Washington's 4-1 win in the Spectrum. Wendell Young played goal for the Flyers.
December 26, 1987 -- Ilkka Sinisalo's goal with just over two minutes to play capped a three-goal rally in the Flyers' 3-2 win at Washington. It was the Flyers' seventh straight win and 14th in a row (12-0-2) without a loss.
January 31, 1988 -- The Caps' Kelly Miller snapped a scoreless tie in OT and Pete Peeters recorded the shutout in Washington's 1-0 home win. Mike Gartner had 10 shots on goal. Washington outshot Philly 36-28 including 5-0 in OT. Ron Hextall made 35 saves. The teams went 0-for-16 on the PP. Ron Hextall was whistled for three different minors. Mark Howe was tossed at 11:35 of the third period for a spearing major and Scott Stevens was tossed as third man in; Greg Smyth of the Flyers and Greg Adams of the Caps were involved in the fray resulting in double minors to both. Game time was switched to 12:05 so not to conflict with the Washington-Denver Super Bowl.
March 10, 1988 -- Tim Kerr played for the first time all season after his fifth shoulder operation (last played in the 1987 POs). Willie Huber had three assists and Brian Propp scored twice in the Flyers' 5-2 win.
March 25, 1988 -- Washington registered 52 shots on goal, including 24 in the first period, in a 5-3 victory. The Caps led 2-0 after one, trailed 3-2 after two and won with three goals in the last period with Grant Ledyard scoring the GWG. Mark Laforest (47 saves) played goal for the Flyers. Forwards Rick Tocchet (seven games including Games 1 and 2 of the POs) and Peter Zezel (three games) each suffered shoulder injuries that put them out of action.
April 3, 1988 -- Washington's Garry Galley scored two third goals in a span of 3:09 in a 2-2 tie. The Flyers needed a win in order to get home ice advantage in the upcoming first round series against the Capitals. The Caps dominated the last period, out-shooting the Flyers 20-4. Galley's second goal was a 45-foot slapper as he came off the bench for a line change. The Caps finished the season with a 1-5-3 mark while the Flyers spuutered, too, at 4-11-2. Flyers' star Tim Kerr was injured in the contest prohibiting him from playing in the 1988 PO opener.
April 6, 1988 -- In Game 1 of the Patrick Division Semis at Washington, Dave Poulin scored a PPG midway through the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and the Flyers won 4-2. Peter Zezel put the Flyers up 2-0 with a pair of tallies.
April 7, 1988 -- In Game 2, Washington held on for a 5-4 win as Pete Peeters made 31 saves, including 14 on 15 shots in the third period. Peter Sundstrom scored the go-ahead goal with under two minutes left in the middle period while the Caps were killing a 5-minute high-sticking major to Grant Ledyard. Kevin Hatcher and Steve Leach each had a goal and an assist.
April 9, 1988 -- In Game 3 at Philly, Kjell Samuelsson pinched and scored the GWG with 4:34 to play in the second period to give the Flyers the lead and eventual win, 4-3. Dave Poulin had three points. The Flyers dominated the second period 3 to 1 in goals and 15 to 5 in shots. Philadelphia limited the Caps to 17 shots and had 29 -- in the third period, it was 5-4 for the Caps in shots. There were 40 penalties and 10 majors as the nasty contest took 3 hours and 12 minutes to play. After the game, Rick Tocchet, who was handed a game misconduct with 4:55 remaining and had a 10-minute misconduct, a major for high-sticking and three minors in the game, said "There are 10 guys on that team that I'd like to kill." Tocchet missed the last five regular season games and first two PO games of this series with an injury.
April 10, 1988 -- In Game 4, in one of the most riveting comebacks in franchise history, the Flyers recovered from a 4-1 deficit with less 8:06 to play and won 5-4 on Murray Craven's exhilarating goal 1:18 into OT. After a goal made it 4-2, the Flyers pulled to within one when Brian Propp made it 4-3 with 4:52 left. Kjell Samuelsson knotted the scored with 53 seconds left in regulation. Rick Tocchet assisted on three of the last four goals. The Caps started Clint Malarchuk for the first time in the series. Ron Hextall was yanked after giving up Washington's fourth goal three minutes into the final period and was replaced by Mark Laforest (four saves) 3:04 into the third. Laforest was pulled for an extra skater with 1:02 to play and the Flyers won a key faceoff then scored the tying goal. It was the first time all season that the Flyers had their full allotment of players while the Caps were without Rod Langway and Scott Stevens who both were injured in Game 3. Afterwards, Flyers' star Mark Howe, who started the rally with a goal midway through the third period to cut the deficit to 4-2, said "If we play that game 250 times, we win it once."
Rick Tocchet and Murray Craven celebrate the Game 4 1988 OT victory
April 12, 1988 -- In Game 5, Washington returned home and skated to a 5-2 victory. One of the strangest moments in NHL PO history happened when the Flyers, down 4-1 10:43 into the middle period, asked officials to check Pete Peeters stick which was ruled 3 1/2" wider than allowed. The Flyers scored five seconds into the PP. Afterwards, Peeters admitted all his sticks were illegal and borrowed Clint Malarchuk's sticks. Peeters made 31 saves on 33 shots. Ron Hextall made 20 saves on 24 shots before being replaced by Mark Laforest 9:00 into the second period.
April 14, 1988 -- In Game 6 played in the Spectrum, Washington went 4-for-9 on the PP in a 7-2 victory. The Flyers went 1-for-8 with the man advantage. Among the many violations, Flyers' d-man Greg Smyth was whistled for 27 PIMs including misconduct infractions. The key moment in the game, with the Caps up 2-0, Dave Brown attempted to fight Bobby Gould who covered leading to a five minute major for Brown and a Caps' lengthy PP; they scored twice.
April 16, 1988 -- In Game 7 in the Cap Centre, in most of the most disheartening losses in Flyers' history, Dale Hunter scored in OT to eliminate the Flyers in what would be Mike Keenan's final game as Philadelphia's head coach. Philly led 3-0 in the second period but were tied 3-3 as the third period began. There, the Caps took a 4-3 lead before Brad Marsh tied the game 1:02 later. Washington had 40 shots.
December 27, 1988 -- Mike Ridley's second goal of the game in third period goal snapped a 3-3 tie and the Capitals prevailed 4-3. The Flyers scored three times in 86 seconds late in the first period. The teams combined for five goals in a 7:05 stretch in the first period. Ron Hextall made 39 saves.
January 27, 1989 -- Clint Malarchuk's 100th victory was one of excellence as he stopped all 42 shots and Geoff Courtnall scored the game's only goal in the Caps' 1-0 win in Philly. Ron Hextall made 30 saves.
February 5, 1989 -- Kevin Hatcher suffered two broken metatarsal bones in left foot, on a Mike Bullard slapper, and only learned of the break when he removed his skate post-game. He was out of the Caps' lineup for about six weeks. The Flyers won 3-1 at Washington despite just two third period shots (one goal) and being outshot 31-21. Ron Hextall made 30 saves.
March 24, 1989 -- Scott Stevens had four points, including three assists in a span of 4:21 in the second period, in Washington's 6-1 home win. Ron Hextall received a high sticking major and a game misconduct, then 23 seconds later the Caps scored off replacement Ken Wregget. Washington outshot Philly 39-16.
March 30, 1989 -- The Flyers won 5-4 at home in a game that featured 26 roughing penalties and four points by Tim Kerr (2-2-4).
April 5, 1989 -- In Game 1 of the Patrick Division Semis at Washington, the Flyers blew an early 2-0 lead and fell 3-2 as Lou Franceschetti got the GWG in the second period. Washington scored twice in a span of 95 seconds to pull ahead. Ron Hextall made 33 saves (17-for-17 in the final period). Murray Craven suffered a broken right wrist and missed the rest of the 1989 playoffs. Scott Stevens and Jeff Chychrun fought in the first minute of the series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX3dtXx7jkU
April 6, 1989 -- In Game 2 at Washington, the Flyers scored three goals in the last 13 minutes to prevail 3-2. When Dale Hunter slashed Ron Hextall with 1:29 remaining, the Flyers sensed an opportunity and capitalized when a Tim Kerr shot deflected off Brian Propp's skate with 51 seconds to play for the GWG. Propp also evened the game with a PPG at the 11:25 mark about four minutes after Keith Acton scored to cut Washington's lead to 2-1. The game was highlighted by a controversial play when Dino Ciccarelli scored a PPG with one second left in the middle period to put the Caps up 1-0. While some of the Flyers argued that Ciccarelli kicked the puck into the goal, others argued that the green light came on before the red light, which replays verified, but in the days prior to mandated replays, official Dan Schachte allowed the goal leading to a furious reaction by Flyers on ice and off ice personnel. The Caps went ahead 2-0 in the early third. Propp was playing in his 100th PO game. Washington went 1-for-8 on the PP while Philly was 2-for-4.
April 8, 1989 -- In Game 3 at Philly, Washington secured a 4-3 OT decision when Kelly Miller netted the GWG 51 seconds into OT. The Flyers led by a goal three times as each team scored in all three regulation periods. Ron Hextall was sensational making 40 stops.
April 9, 1989 -- In Game 4 at Philly, the Flyers broke open a scoreless game with four second period goals and recorded a 5-2 win; Philly led 5-0 midway through the third period. Tim Kerr's PPG with Dale Hunter in the penalty box started the rally. The Flyers, who were called for four consecutive minors in the opening 10 minutes of the third period, killed eight of nine shorthanded situations in the game. Washington outshot the Flyers 15-3 in the last period but Ron Hextall (30 saves) earned top star honors with his brilliant performance. With true grit, Dave Poulin, unsure of his status, played with a broken ring finger as his fourth and fifth fingers were taped together prior to warmups. Rick Tocchet was tossed as third man in after Neil Sheehy punched Mike Bulalrd which led to a shouting match between Bullard and Caps' head coach Bryan Murray.
April 11, 1989 -- In Game 5 in the Cap Centre, Ron Hextall became the first goalie to shoot the puck in the opposing team's net during a PO game and the Flyers rallied for an 8-5 triumph. The Flyers trailed 5-4 with about 12 minutes to play but an odd play led to the Flyers tying goal when a Rick Tocchet shot was deflected and landed on Mike Ridley's head then bounced to Brian Propp who tapped it into the net. Pelle Eklund scored the GWG on the PP with about six minutes to play. Tim Kerr had four (2-2-4) points. Washington blew four different one-goal leads. Kelly Miller was a minus 5 for the Caps. Hextall's goal (his wife Diane was behind the open net): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PLa3q9V9j4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz_b_s9V4v0
April 13, 1989 -- In Game 6 in the Spectrum, the Flyers beat Washington in arguably the franchise's biggest PO series upset since the 1974 Finals. Rick Tocchet's goal from a seemingly impossible angle with 3:19 remaining caromed off Pete Peeters' stick and the Flyers won 4-3. Tocchet (2-1-3) also scored to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead in the third period but Washington tied it at 13:13. The Flyers trailed 1-0 until Brian Propp scored a SHG 5:21 into the middle period. Ron Hextall was sensational yet again making 31 saves including 16 of 17 shots in the opening period. Tim Kerr, who was ejected for high-sticking in the first period, finished with 10 points in the series.
December 1, 1989 -- Mike Bullard scored with 33 seconds to play in the Flyers 3-2 road win. Washington's Bob Mason faced just 17 shots.
December 19, 1989 -- Kevin Miller scored with 3:30 to play in the third period of Washington's 2-1 win in the Spectrum. There were brawls throughout the game including Miller and Kjell Samuelsson who were ejected in the final two minutes.
Brad Jones: Game-winning goal in overtime, 1991
January 28, 1990 -- Geoff Courtnall (3-1-4) had a hat trick in Washington's 7-2 home win. Kelly Miller scored twice, Kevin Hatcher had three assists and Calle Johansson had three points.
March 29, 1990 -- Each team scored two second period PPGs in a game that ended 2-2. Pete Peeters made 36 saves for the Flyers.
December 11, 1990 -- The Flyers set an all-time franchise low for shots in a game with 13 and the total of 29 in the game by both teams (Washington had 16 shots) set a franchise mark in any Flyers' regular season game. In the third period, Philly outshot the Caps 3-1. Washington won the game 4-1.
January 4, 1991 -- The Flyers outshot Washington 17-5 in the second period but got outshot 23-7 in the others periods (and OT) in a game that ended in a 3-3 draw at Washington.
January 24, 1991 -- Rick Tocchet scored three goals, Pelle Eklund had four assists and Ron Hextall made 38 saves as the Flyers leveled the Caps 6-1 in the Spectrum. Ron Sutter added three points. There were five fights in the contest.
February 10, 1991 -- A game highlighted by 20 fighting majors and multiple misconducts. Dale Hunter elbowed the Flyers' Gord Murphy into the glass, eventually resulting in a 4-game suspension to Hunter and leading to mayhem in this contest. Flyers' head coach Paul Holmgren smashed a stick against the glass along the Flyers' bench and verbally chastised Washington coach Terry Murray during the festivities. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbjwsznzLoQ&NR
March 16, 1991 -- Don Beaupre made 32 saves in a 6-0 shutout for the Caps at Washington. Michael Pivonka had four points (1-3-4), Calle Johansson and John Druce had three assists each and Mikhail Tatarinov scored two goals. Craig Berube of the Flyers belted Steve Leach in a fight.
March 28, 1991 -- Don Beaupre made 21 saves in a 3-0 shutout for the Caps at Philadelphia. John Druce (1-1-2) and Rod Langway (0-2-2) led the offense.
December 5, 1991 -- Randy Burridge had four points in Washington's 6-3 win in Philadelphia. A rare feat: Terry Carkner scored while the Flyers were down two men to give Philly a 1-0 lead early in the game, however, the Caps scored 18 seconds later to eliminate any momentum. This was the Flyers' first game under new head coach Bill Dineen who replaced Paul Holmgren.
December 22, 1991 -- Brad Jones scored 1:10 into OT to give Philly a 4-3 win at home. Jones scored on a 3-on-2 break after Rick Tocchet's shot was stopped. The game time was switched from night to 2:35 p.m. so not to conflict with a late afternoon Eagles-Redskins' football game in Philadelphia. The Flyers were 1-11-2 in their prior 14 games against the Capitals. Kelly Miller of Washington evened the game with 44 seconds remaining.
February 22, 1992 -- Washington won 7-5 as Michael Pivonka had three points and six other Caps had two points each. Mark Recchi (1-2-3) and Kerry Huffman (2-1-3) led the Flyers' offense.
March 20, 1992 -- Mark Recchi snapped a 6-6 tie with 44 seconds to play, his fourth point of the day (2-2-4), leading the Flyers to a 7-6 win. Brian Benning scored the tying goal. Washington led 6-3 as the third period began but the Flyers tallied four third period goals. Dale Hunter had a hat trick for the Caps. Washington went 4-for-4 on the PP.
October 10, 1992 -- Dominic Roussel made 32 saves and the Flyers rallied from a 2-1 hole in the third period to record a 4-2 victory. Greg Paslawski and Kevin Dineen got the key goals.
December 26, 1992 -- Eric Lindros completed a hat trick via a penalty shot with 19 seconds remaining in regulation; the game finished in a 5-5 tie in Landover. Lindros was chosen to shoot the PS after Al Iafrate intentionally knocked the net off its moorings as Pelle Eklund was about to even the game. The first 30+ minutes of the game was scoreless then the Flyers scored four times off Jim Hrivnak in a 5:21 span in the second period to take a 4-0 lead. Don Beaupre stopped 10 of 11 shots in relief. beaten only by Lindros' penalty shot. The Caps scored four goals in the third period in a span of 9:07 to take a 5-4 lead, three off PPs. Pat Elyniuk, whose wife gave birth Christmas night, scored the fourth goal and assisted on the fifth for the Caps.
January 7, 1993 -- Kevin Dineen registered a hat trick and Tommy Soderstrom made 31 saves as the Flyers trounced Washington 8-2. Mark Recchi added three points. Jim Hrivnak gave up six goals after two periods and was replaced by Olaf Kolzig.
March 5, 1993 -- Tommy Soderstrom stopped 36 shots in leading the Flyers past the Caps 3-0 at Washington. The Caps outshot the Flyers 13-5 in the third period but Mark Recchi snapped a scoreless tie with under 10 minutes to play in regulation.
March 11, 1993 -- Garry Galley (2-2-4) and Mark Recchi (2-0-2) led the Flyers to a 6-4 win. Galley's goals were within 2:09 of each other.
April 9, 1993 -- The Flyers recorded a 4-3 win with three goals in the third period.
October 15, 1993 -- Dominic Roussel stopped 39 shots and led the Flyers to a 3-0 win at Washington. Eric Lindros' goal in the third period snapped a scoreless tie. The Caps outshot the Flyers 39-18.
February 2, 1994 -- Washington won 5-2 in a neutral site game played in Cleveland, Ohio. The attendance was announced as 8,312. The Flyers were the designated home team. It was the Caps fourth straight win against the Flyers in this series.
March 4, 1994 -- Garry Galley scored with 1:07 to play in a 3-3 tie. Galley also scored the first goal of the game. Washington took a 3-1 lead in the first period with two goals in 14 seconds.
February 13, 1995 -- Philadelphia led 4-0 after one period and skated to a 5-3 win. Eric Desjardins had three assists. Ron Hextall-Rob Pearson exchanged pleasantries: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtCGc_6nxfk With three seconds to play, Craig Berube and Hextall received fighting majors and attempt to injure penalties.
February 28, 1995 -- Ron Hextall made 24 saves and Shjon Podein scored a tie-breaking goal in the third period to lead Philly to a 4-2 home win.
March 25, 1995 -- Peter Bondra scored with 11 seconds left in a game that finished 2-2 at Washington. Ron Hextall made 24 saves.
April 8, 1995 -- Ron Hextall made 26 saves and Eric Lindros scored a tie-breaking goal in the third period in Philly's 3-1 road win. The Flyers were shutout for the first 37+ minutes of the game. The Flyers outshot Washington 27-16 over the last two periods.
October 11, 1995 -- Ron Hextall made 25 saves and got the only assist on Rod Brind'Amour's key SHG in Philly's 2-1 win in the Spectrum.
November 14, 1995 -- John LeClair scored with 17 seconds left in the third period in a 2-2 tie. In a game with few shots on goal, Philly outshot Washington 20-19 and over the last 45 minutes the Flyers were outshot 12-8. The Flyers went 4-0-2 in the calendar year of 1995 against the Caps.
January 28, 1996 -- Steve Konowalchuk scored with 40 seconds to play in OT and Washington won 3-2 at home. Pat Peake sent the game in OT with a late third period goal.
February 22, 1996 -- Dan Quinn had three assists and the Flyers recorded a 5-3 victory in the final Spectrum meeting between these squads. The Flyers led 4-1 in the third period but Pat Peake scored twice to bring the Caps to within 4-3. Kevin Haller added an ENG.
March 3, 1996 -- Jim Carey made 27 saves in a 3-0 Washington home win.
January 11, 1997 -- Rod Brind'Amour scored with 43 seconds to play in the third period in a 3-3 tie. Washington's three goals came within 2:02 of the second period.
March 9, 1997 -- Eric Lindros had four assists and Ron Hextall stopped 15 shots in a 5-0 win in Philadelphia. John LeClair (2-1-3) had three points. Brendan Witt and Dan Kordic hooked up for a stellar toe-to-toe battle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqDgISOkuyg Kordic later fought Craig Berube.
March 29, 1997 -- Ron Hextall made 21 saves and Eric Lindros scored twice in Philly's 5-3 road win. Rick Tocchet scored and added an assist for Washington. Bill Ranford was chased after giving up four goals on 10 saves. Olaf Kolzig shutout the Flyers the rest of the way (ENG scored).
October 31, 1997 -- The teams played at the Cap Centre (US Air Arena) in Landover, MD for the final time, a 2-2 tie. Washington rallied from a 2-0 hole.
January 9, 1998 -- The teams played in the MCI Center for the first time, a 4-1 Washington win.
January 31, 1998 -- Michael Pivonka scored in OT and Bill Ranford made 31 saves in Washington's 3-2 win in Philadelphia.
March 5, 1998 -- Ron Hextall made 24 saves in Philly's 3-2 home win. This would be the first of six straight wins for the Flyers in this series. All three goals for the Flyers came in the second period.
April 11, 1998 -- Rod Brind'Amour scored consecutive third period goals to snap a 2-2 tie in a 4-3 Flyers' win.
December 5, 1998 -- Rod Brind'Amour scored twice in the Flyers' 2-1 win. He had the last four Flyers' goals against Washington spanning two games.
January 13, 1999 -- JVB stopped all 25 Washington shots in a 3-0 road win. Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Eric Desjardins combined for seven points.
January 21, 1999 -- Ron Hextall made 17 saves and Keith Jones had two assists in Philly's 4-1 win. Luke Richardson and Enrico Ciccone fought twice in the game and Roman Vopat handled Dale Hunter who earlier fought Valeri Zelepukin.
March 23, 1999 -- Craig Berube was sent to the Flyers in exchange for cash.
April 10, 1999 -- JVB made 17 saves and the Flyers scored two first period goals in a 2-1 win at Washington. Olaf Kolzig made 30 saves in the loss. The Caps scored in the third period. Brian Wesenberg (Flyers) fought Trevor Halverson in what would be Wesenberg's only NHL game.
October 12, 1999 -- Peter Bondra scored twice within a minute late in the third period when the Caps were down 4-3 and Washington claimed a 5-4 win. Simon Gagne scored twice within the first five minutes of the game. Mark Recchi assisted on all four goals.
January 30, 2000 -- Olaf Kolzig made 30 saves in a 2-0 shutout at Washington. The Flyers trailed 2-0 after two periods despite a 21-7 shots edge.
March 9, 2000 -- Gino Odjick scored the winner in the third period and the Flyers prevailed 3-1 in Philadelphia. The Flyers were shutout for the 37+ minutes unti lRick Tocchet beat Ollie Kolzig who made 30 saves. Brian Boucher stopped 17 shots for the win. Valerie Zelepukin had two assists.
November 18, 2000 --Simon Gagne (2-1-3) and Justin Williams (2-1-3) each scored twice in the Flyers' 5-3 win. Washington's Steve Konowalchuk had a hat trick. Keith Primeau had three points (1-2-3) and Brian Boucher made 35 saves.
October 20, 2001 -- Mark Recchi (3-1-4), John LeClair (2-1-3) and Jeremy Roenick (0-3-3) led the Flyers to a 6-3 win. The Flyers outshot Washington 20-4 in the first period.
October 30, 2001 -- Brian Boucher made 32 saves and Simon Gagne scored twice in the Flyers' 3-0 shutout victory at Washington.
November 15, 2001 -- Brian Boucher and Roman Cechmanek combined (24 saves) to shutout the Caps 5-0 in Philadelphia. The victory came with a price as Boucher suffered a left hamstring injury and Chris Therien was diagnosed with a concussion. Jiri Dopita (1-1-2) had his first NHL goal and Keith Primeau (1-2-3) had three points. The Flyers led 3-0 less than four minutes in the game, scoring an even-strength, goal, a shorty and a PPG.
December 26, 2001 -- Roman Cechmanek made 22 saves and Ruslan Fedotenko scored twice in the Flyers' 4-1 victory at Washington. Dan McGillis and Simon Gagne added two points each. Stephen Peat tallied with under five minutes to go in the game giving the Caps their first goal against the Flyers in over 183 minutes of play.
March 19, 2002 -- Adam Oates was traded to Philadelphia by Washington for Maxime Ouellet and Philadelphia's 1st (later traded to Dallas - Dallas selected Martin Vagner), 2nd (Maxime Daigneault) and 3rd (Derek Krestanovich) round choices in the 2002 Entry Draft. At the time of the trade, Oates led the NHL in assists and the Flyers suffered two key injuries in their previous game when centers Jeremy Roenick (hyperextended right knee) and Keith Primeau (ribs) went down against Tampa Bay.
"We didn't plan on trading Adam Oates 24 hours ago but, when Philadelphia lost Jeremy Roenick to an injury last night, they had a need for a playmaking center," Capitals general manager George McPhee said. "Given Adam's unrestricted free agent status, it was uncertain if he was going to be a Capital next year."
October 19, 2002 -- Robert Esche made a strong debut for his new team in Philly's 3-1 Saturday afternoon home victory. Esche made 23 saves and Michal Handzus, the player acquired with him in a trade with Phoenix, was a perfect 10-for-10 on faceoffs. The Flyers trailed 1-0 thirty-five minutes into the game but then scored twice in 99 seconds to take a 2-1 lead.
November 2, 2002 -- The Flyers outshot Washington 45-11 in a 2-1 win. Sebastien Charpentier made 43 saves for the Capitals. It was the fifth straight game (part of a six game win streak) the Flyers held the Caps to one goal or less' additionally, the Flyers held a 23-6 goals advantage during this 6-game win streak.
March 10, 2003 -- Peter Bondra scored in OT to give the Caps a 2-1 home win. Washington dominated the third period and OT by out-shooting Philly 17-3 and scoring two PPGs. Bondra's GWG came with Kim Johnsson serving a minor. Robert Esche made 28 saves.
November 6, 2003 -- The Flyers beat Washington for the sixth consecutive time and extended their home unbeaten streak to 13 games in this series with a 4-2 victory. In the first two periods, the Flyers led 3-0 and held a 27-11 shot advantage. Jeremy Roenick and Tony Amonte each had two points. Robert Esche made 22 saves.
January 25, 2004 -- Mark Recchi (1-3-4) and John LeClair (1-3-4) led Philly to a 4-1 road win in which they outshot Washington 22-13 including 9-2 in the third period.
February 4, 2004 -- Antero Niittymaki made his NHL debut and Mark Recchi had three points as the Flyers trounced Washington 5-1 in Philadelphia. The Flyers had a 41-20 shot advantage.
November 3, 2005 -- The Flyers scored the last eight goals in an 8-1 home victory. Jon Sim, Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne each scored two goals, defensemen Mike Rathje and Joni Pitkanen each had three assists and forwards Peter Forsberg and Mike Knuble each (1-2-3) had three points. Robert Esche made 29 saves.
December 31, 2005 -- Brian Willsie scored on the final shootout attempt (2-1) in Washington's 4-3 win.
February 10, 2006 -- Robert Esche made 39 saves and Brian Savage scored twice on the PP in a 5-2 win for the injury-depleted Flyers who were missing six regulars. The teams combined for 19 PPs and each squad scored three PPGs. The Caps had a two-man advantage, down by a goal 3-2, for 98 seconds but couldn't solve Esche.
November 4, 2006 -- Washington snapped a 16-game (0-15-1) winless streak in games played at Philly, 5-3, with four first period goals. It was the most first-period goals allowed by the Flyers in a home game since March 15, 1997, when Buffalo scored five times in the opening period of a 7-5 Flyers loss. The streak that the Caps ended was the longest current (at the time) road winless streak by one NHL team against another. Alex Ovechkin and Ben Clymer each scored twice.
December 16, 2006 -- Peter Forsberg returned to the lineup after a four-game absence due to an ankle injury, then left this game with a concussion. Washington won 4-1 at home. A hit by Alex Ovechkin late in the first period resulted in Forsberg's head hitting the knee of Washington's Dainius Zubrus. Alexander Semin scored twice and he had three points along with Ovechkin.
January 9, 2007 -- Alex Ovechkin had three points in the Caps' 6-2 home win. Kyle Calder of Philly scored a PPG and a SHG in the third period after the Caps held a 5-0 lead.
November 2, 2007 -- Mike Richards needed 12 stitches around his nose but it sparked the Flyers to a 3-2 win in the Verizon Center at Washington. Richards returned to the game to score the tiebreaking goal, helping Philadelphia finally beat the Caps. Alex Ovechkin scored for the eighth consecutive game against the Flyers.
"I don't look very good right now. I'm not too attractive," Richards said. Antero Niittymaki had 24 saves. Cannon vs. Laich -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMqDieogYBk .
November 23, 2007 -- Niklas Backstrom celebrated his 20th birthday with an OT goal and Washington won 4-3 in Philly the day after Thanksgiving. Washington led 3-0 but the Flyers rallied with two late second period goals and a Mike Richards goal with under five left in the third period. Bruce Boudreau made his head coaching debut for the Caps.
January 13, 2008 -- The Flyers recorded a 6-4 win at Washington led by Kimmo Timonen's three points and Mike Knuble's two goals. Alex Ovechkin notched his 33rd goal of the season in his first game since signing a 13-year, $124 million contract.
April 11, 2008 -- In Game 1 in DC, Washington rallied from a 4-2 deficit with three third period goals in a 5-4 win. Mike Green scored twice in the early third period to even the game and then Alex Ovechkin scored with 4:32 to play for the GWG. Ovechkin became the fourth NHL player since 1990 to score a game-winning goal within the final five minutes of the third period, or in overtime, in his first career postseason game. The others to do that over that period were San Jose's Vlastimil Kroupa in 1994, Philadelphia's Karl Dykhuis in 1995 and San Jose's Niko Dimitrakos in 2004. Danny Briere (2-1-3) and Vinnie Prospal (2-1-3) led the Flyers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qyNOY5Hknc
April 13, 2008 -- In Game 2 in DC, Martin Biron stopped 24 shots and R.J. Umberger and Jeff Carter scored first period goals in the Flyers 2-0 victory. Biron recorded his third shutout in his last four starts. The Flyers dominated the play by outshooting Washington 41-24. The teams combined to go 0-for-11 on the PP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44jOBiGMX3c
April 15, 2008 -- In Game 3 in Philly, the Flyers defeated the Capitals 6-3. The game was scoreless 16+ minutes in but the teams combined for four goals in the next 2:33 and the Flyers held a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes. Danny Briere gave the Flyers leads of 1-0 and 4-2, his second goal coming with 10 seconds left in the second period and on the PP. Scott Hartnell and Sami Kapanen scored 17 seconds apart in the first period and Mike Richards electrified the home crowd with a penalty shot goal at 17:01 of the third period to give the Flyers a 5-3 lead. Briere (2-1-3) and Vinnie Prospal (0-3-3) each had three points. The Flyers outshot Washington 33-19. THOR!!! Incredibly, Patrick Thoresen returned to the lineup after being hit in the groin with a puck during Game 1. Derian Hatcher returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a broken leg on March 17. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ7uv...eature=related
April 17, 2008 -- In Game 4 in Philly, Mike Knuble's goal in double OT gave the Flyers an electrifying 4-3 victory. Afterwards, Knuble said "It's an unbelievable feeling to score in this town and hear the building go nuts. You pinch yourself. You can't believe it's happening." Danny Briere scored midway through the third period to send the game to OT. Jeff Carter, who had three points (2-1-3) and was a +3, registered eight shots on goal and scored the first and last goals in the opening period. The game was tied 2-2 after 20 minutes then Steve Eminger gave Washington a 3-2 lead after two periods. Philly outshot Washington 46-41, including 18-12 in the OTs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q43bqFWhiHk
April 19, 2008 -- In Game 5 in DC, Cristobal Huet made 30 saves and the Caps scored two PPGs in a 3-2 win. The Flyers had a 21-6 third period shots advantage and 32-26 in the game. Vinnie Prospal and Danny Briere each had two points. Mike Knuble sustained a partial tear of his left hamstring late in the second period. "I just kind of caught my heel and went down awkwardly," Knuble said. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-71DgJgV2U
April 21, 2008 -- In Game 6 in Philly, Alex Ovechkin scored twice in the third period which completed the Caps' 4-2 comeback win. The Flyers led 2-0 about midway through the game but Washington scored twice in the second and tied the game when Alexander Semin tallied with 1:57 left in the middle period. Washington held a 40-35 shots advantage including 12-8 in the third period. Ovechkin had not scored since Game 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su2Woqogq3c
April 22, 2008 -- In Game 7 in DC, Joffrey Lupul scored a PPG 6:06 into OT and the Flyers advanced with a thrilling and rare Game 7 overtime road win. (Lupul interview #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwMv-gH2WlU ). Lupul interview #2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0faR...eature=related ). The advantage had just nine seconds remaining, an opportunity provided when Tom Poti was penalized for tripping. Afterwards, Poti said "I definitely didn't think it was a penalty. It's tough to beat the officials as well as the Flyers." Martin Biron made 39 saves in the win and stifled any doubts about playing on consecutive nights (he was 0-5 in the regular season). It marked the 8th time in NHL history that teams played Games 6 and 7 on back-to-back nights. Scottie Upshall, Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn were other strong performers. The Caps held a 41-34 shots advantage and a decisive 16-5 edge in the third period. The Flyers held a 7-2 shots advantage in the OT. It was the 30th Game 7 to go to OT in NHL history. The game was tied 1-1 after one period and 2-2 after two periods. Steve Downie made his NHL PO debut. Danny Briere had 11 points (6-5-11) in the seven games, marking the 12th that a Flyers' player had amassed 10+ points in a PO series. The road team has won about 36% of Game 7's since the NHL adopted the format; it was the 30th Game 7 to go to overtime. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8KVx8vDlYwhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GFcU...eature=related
June 20, 2008 -- Steve Eminger was traded to Philadelphia with Washington's 3rd round choice (Jacob Deserres) in 2008 Entry Draft for Philadelphia's 1st round choice (John Carlson) in 2008 Entry Draft.
December 20, 2008 -- Antero Niittymaki made 47 saves including a perfect 25-for-25 in the first period of the Flyers 7-1 home victory. Scott Hartnell recorded a hat trick in a span of 11:40 in the third period, the first time he has accomplished the feat in one period. Jeff Carter gave the Flyers a 3-0 lead when he scored a pair of goals within 54 seconds in the last five minutes of the second period. Hartnell (3-1-4), Carter (2-2-4) and Joffrey Lupul (1-3-4) combined for 12 points. Carter was a +5 while both Hartnell and Lupul were a +4 each. The Flyers were outshot 25-6 in the first period but led 1-0. After two periods, the Flyers were up 3-0 despite being outshot 39-13. The 25 shots on net in the first period tied a Washington franchise record for shots in a period (the most shots allowed in one period by Philadelphia was 32 by the Minnesota North Stars -- December 13, 1972, which was one shy of the NHL record). The Flyers' team record for shots by an opponent in Philadelphia is 52, also held by the Minnesota North Stars, February 3, 1990. Alex Ovechkin had 12 of the Caps' shots. Donald Brashear had 26 PIMs including two fighting majors and a misconduct. Mike Green was a -4. Brent Johnson (three GA) was replaced by Jose Theodore (four GA) after 40 minutes.
FLYERS-CAPITALS' 2008-09 SCHEDULE:
December 20, 2008 -- Washington 1 at Philadelphia 7
January 6, 2009 -- Philadelphia at Washington 7:00 PM
February 24, 2009 -- Philadelphia at Washington 7:00 PM
March 12, 2009 -- Washington at Philadelphia 7:00 PM
They'll get us this time. The Caps are at home (17-1-1) and on fire, while we're at the end of a long, tiring road trip and dealing with a rash of injuries. And you just know the Caps are even more fired up because of what happened last game.
They'll get us this time. The Caps are at home (17-1-1) and on fire, while we're at the end of a long, tiring road trip and dealing with a rash of injuries. And you just know the Caps are even more fired up because of what happened last game.