The Washington Capitals didn’t want to dwell on the absence of leading goal scorer Alex Ovechkin. They viewed the star winger’s injured right shoulder as a challenge, an opportunity for others to take up the mantle of manufacturing offense.
In their first game without Ovechkin since February 2012, the Capitals seized the moment, putting on an impressive scoring display with goals from four players to rout the Philadelphia Flyers, 7-0.
Joel Ward recorded his first career hat trick, Nicklas Backstrom scored twice and Jason Chimera and Troy Brouwer both added individual tallies in what was a show of strength against the worst team in the Metropolitan Division.
“It was good to win. To come in here, it’s a pretty hostile environment and we’re without Ovi,” Ward said. “Obviously a lot of people have sort of counted us out a little bit. It was a big game for us in the locker room.”
But as Washington continued to pummel the three-win Flyers, the contest devolved into the type of fight n...