Rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky did a heck of a job merely getting the Philadelphia Flyers into overtime, but eventually the high-powered Washington Capitals’ power play was too much for him. Mike Green scored a power-play goal in overtime to give the Capitals the win, powering them to a narrow lead over the Flyers for the top spot in the East Conference.
The Flyers managed to snag three out of four points in two hard-fought back-to-back contests with the Islanders and Capitals, but they might kick themselves a bit for losing this one. They squandered two one goal leads and were out-shot in each period as they lost for the first time after reeling off six straight wins.
Washington is on quite the hot streak themselves, winning six out of their last seven matches as they clearly rekindled the positive energy from their Presidents Trophy winning 2009-10 season. Three of those six wins happened in overtime or shootout, indicating that this team is really rising to the occasion right now. The best part might be that they’re doing so well against tough opponents, as they foiled hot goalies in Boston (Tim Thomas) and Philadelphia (Bobrovsky).
While Bobrovsky is garnering some serious Calder Trophy attention, he was bested by the Capitals’ barely known other rookie goalie: Braden Holtby. He is now 2-0 since he earned a win after relieving Michal Neuvirth in a win over the Boston Bruins.
Green extended his goal scoring streak to four games while Alexander Semin earned his team-leading ninth goal and Eric Fehr also notched a nice one for the Capitals. Nicklas Backstrom earned two assists while Alex Ovechkin assisted on one goal. Meanwhile, Ville Leino and Nikolai Zherdev scored for the Flyers.
As Joe pointed out earlier today, the Flyers and Capitals are developing an intriguing under the radar rivalry. Was this game a possible preview of the Eastern Conference finals? We’ll have to wait and see, but such a series could be awfully entertaining.
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Kyle Turris was far from an accomplished NHLer when he requested a trade out of the Coyotes organization. In fact, when he was dealt to the Senators in 2011, the third overall pick in the 2007 draft had just 46 points in 137 NHL games.
Since then, Turris has emerged as Ottawa’s top center, with the promise of a big payday in the summer of 2018 when his current $17.5 million deal expires and he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
It’s for that very reason that he can understand Jonathan Drouin‘s position with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“It’s tough,” Turris told the Tampa Bay Times. “Everyone has mixed feelings, and especially not being an established player. Then people are doubting that you’re doing the right thing, you really have to have confidence in yourself and your ability to do it.”
Though Turris, now 26, took a “lot of heat from the media…and people within the organization” and recalls the time after his trade request was made public as a “tough, tough go,” he believes the opportunity he received with the Sens “saved” him.
As we’ve written in the past, you don’t have to agree with how Drouin is handling things — maybe it ends up hurting him; he still has a lot to prove — but there have been young players who have chosen similar paths, and it’s worked out well for them.
Drouin, by the way, has 40 points in 89 NHL games.