If there was any doubt heading into last night's game that the Flyers were the crappiest team in the NHL, that doubt was erased fifteen seconds in when Philly netminder Robert Esche let a Ben Clymer wrist shot trickle through his pads and across the goal line. Esche let in two more awful goals, three legit tallies to the two Alexes, and the Flyers left town 6-2 losers in a game that really wasn't even as close as the score despite some sloppy play by the home team.
And while Sidney Crosby owns the Flyers (to the tune of 15 points in four games so far this season), newly-elected All-Star Alexander Ovechkin (who finished the season with six goals and five assists against Philly) at least rents them. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ovechkin is "the first player to score a goal in seven consecutive games against the Flyers since Joe Mullen had a seven game streak from October 1991 to December 1992."
[I'll have more on last night's game later, but don't forget, you can always get all your recaps over at Washington Hockey Daily (make sure to check out Mike from OFB's recap on Off Wing).]
Now it's off to Florida for the Caps for a crucial two-game intra-divisional swing that kicks off Thursday in Tampa. You've gotta beat the teams you've gotta beat, and two more lie ahead.
- Hart: Alexander Ovechkin (2G, including game-winner, A, +1, 5 SOG, 1 hit, 2 takeaways, 0 giveaways, 1 blocked shot)
- Ross: Alexander Ovechkin, Martin St. Louis, Jaromir Jagr, Matin Straka, Michael Ryder, Marek Zidlicky (3 points each)
- Norris: Kimmo Timonen (G, A, +5, 3 SOG, 2 hits, 1 takeaway, 0 giveaways, 2 blocked shots)
- Vezina: Miikka Kiprusoff(26-save shutout win)
- Richard: Alexander Ovechkin, Shane Doan, Michael Ryder, Mike Sillinger, Kyle Calder (2G each)
- Calder: Dustin Penner (G, A, 3 SOG, 2 hits)
- Aiken: Robert Esche (L, 6 goals allowed on 31 shots against)