Neuvirth, defensemen help Flyers force Game 5

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The Philadelphia Flyers aren’t done yet.

Despite being outscored 12-2 over the first three games of this first round series, the Flyers managed to eke out a narrow 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 4 tonight.

After posting a 4.09 GAA and .852 save percentage in three consecutive losses, Flyers goalie Steve Mason was replaced by Michal Neuvirth for this contest and that proved to be a key change. Neuvirth stood tall, turning aside 31 of 32 shots against the team that drafted him back in 2006.

When it came to finally breaking out of their offensive rut, it was the Flyers blueliners that led the charge. Shayne Gostisbehere found the back of the net with the man advantage after Philadelphia went 0-13 on the power-play in the first three games of this series. Andrew MacDonald, who is certainly not known for scoring goals, provided the game-winner.

T.J. Oshie cut the Flyers’ lead in half early in the third frame, but Washington wasn’t able to build on that.

While the Flyers won the night, their challenge is just beginning. Washington still holds a 3-1 series lead and will host Game 5 on Friday.