Well, a first-round playoff series between the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals could be spicy — if Wednesday’s game was any indication.
Down a goal after Alex Ovechkin ripped home his 44th of the season early in the third period, the Flyers came back to earn a 2-1 shootout victory in a thriller that included killing off a full four-on-three Washington power play in the overtime period.
That’s a huge win for Philadelphia. (Understatement.)
The Flyers move two points ahead of the Detroit Red Wings for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference and that’s still with a game in hand on the Red Wings and six remaining on their schedule.
Now, as for that possible first-round match-up? As it stands now, it would be the Flyers facing the top-ranked Capitals in the opening round, which could make for a fun series between the two Metropolitan teams.
There was great goaltending between Mason and Braden Holtby and a physical-bordering-on-nasty element to this game, with Jason Chimera catching Shayne Gostisbehere with the butt-end of his stick to the midsection of the Flyers rookie.