Nicklas Backstrom shines as Capitals edge Flyers in shootout

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – Nicklas Backstrom scored the go-ahead goal while Philipp Grubauer made a key stop in the shootout as the Washington Capitals recovered from a three-goal deficit in the third period for a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday at Verizon Center.

Backstrom also had two assists while Eric Fehr accounted for the other goal in the shootout as the Capitals improved to 18-12-3 after winning four of their last five games.

Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Dmitry Orlov and Alex Ovechkin also scored while Grubauer finished with 24 saves for the Capitals.

Steve Mason had 29 saves, Claude Giroux, Mark Streit, Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek scored while Michael Raffl had three assists for the Flyers (14-15-4), losers in five of their last seven games.

In the first period, the Capitals struck first at 11:17 on their second power play of the game when Johansson netted one past Mason for his fourth goal of the season.

With time running out in the period, Giroux tied the game at 1-1 when he snuck into the slot undetected and converted a backhanded pass from Raffl.

Early in the second period, Grubauer kept the game tied by making two sensational saves while the Flyers were on the power play.

However, Grubauer could not stop Streit’s wrist shot at 7:37 of the second that gave Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead.

Streit intercepted Karl Alzner’s breakout pass intended for Backstrom in the neutral zone. The puck came to Raffl, who led Streit in stride for a wrist shot that beat Grubauer under his left arm.

Couturier made it 3-1 a little more than two minutes into the third period, beating Green in the corner and banking a sharp-angle shot along the goal line off Grubauer’s stick and into the net.

Seventy-four seconds later, Voracek extended Philadelphia’s lead to 4-1 by deflecting Raffl’s one-timer.

Green atoned for his earlier mistake with his second goal of the season at 11:20, and Orlov’s first cut the Flyers’ lead to 4-3 with 3:31 remaining. Ovechkin then tied the game with his League-leading 27th goal with 48 seconds left to force overtime.

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