Tonight in Philadelphia, arguably the two best unbeaten teams in the NHL got together to battle it out.
Once it was all said and done, the Washington Capitals proved that right now, they are the superior team in the very deep Eastern Conference, extending its streak to a record of 6-0-0.
It was a great night for every member of the Capitals, that is except Brooks Laich, who took two separate high-sticks to the face, each one drawing blood.
The Washington Capitals are on a solid start of the season as the only undefeated team left. They are now 6-0-0 after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers.
Even though the home team outshot the Capitals 42-28, Tomas Vokoun made the big saves at the right time. As for the Capitals, they took advantage of some bad giveaways by the Flyers early, and buried their scoring chances when they had them.
Alexander Ovechkin’s first goal of the game came with only 11 seconds left in the first period, and it seemed to let the air out of the arena. It came just 1:08 after the Capitals first goal of the game. The Flyers were able to kill off a double minor in the first, and even got a 4-on-4 goal from Claude Giroux to take the early lead. But after that the Caps took charge and never looked back.
After a scoreless second period, it looked like we were in for a low scoring, tight checking third period. Instead, the Capitals scored 3 goals in 2 ½ minutes, including a PPG from Ovechkin, and they put the game away.
Vokoun was very solid in between the pipes for the Caps, stopping the shots he needed to stop, and controlling all of the rebounds. When Vokoun can control his rebounds, he is very tough to beat, as the Flyers found out tonight.
Tonight also featured a matchup of the two biggest free agent goaltending signings from the offseason, with the aforementioned Vokoun, and Ilya Bryzgalov with the Flyers.
These two goalies are expected to help their respective teams climb that next mountain, and get to the promised land. After tonight, Tomas Vokoun takes a tiny lead in that race to the finish line.
Article written by Paul Dorn, Southeast Division writer for Center Ice Chat. Follow him on Twitter @pdorn10.