It's all good for Caps tonight: out-shooting the opponent, but what is more important, creating a whole lot more scoring chances, beating hot Flyers team 3:2 in overtime, a team who had 6 wins in a row coming to Washington and testing a talented rookie goalie Braden Holtby who let two goals early, bent, but didn't break.
Ovi had a good game, but nothing spectacular this time. Here are his stats:
after the 1st:
Total ice 07:08, 6 shifts, average 01:11, PP 00:48, even 06:20, 0 shots on goal, 2 shots missed, 2 hits, 1 takeaway
1 assist, total ice 14:29, 13 shifts, average 01:06, PP 04:05, even 10:24, 3 shots on goal, 2 attempts blocked, 3 shots missed, 3 hits, 1 takeaway
1 assist, total ice 23:02, 21 shifts, average 01:05, PP 07:12, even 15:50, 6 shots on goal, 4 attempts blocked, 4 shots missed, 4 hits, 1 takeaway
Green, Holtby and Ovi (@04:05) talk to the media after 3:2 win over Flyers:
Green: "I noticed that both guys were taking away Ovi I had a lane. Two of their guys were closing and I just had to get it through that slot and hopefully their players screen the goalie and they did."
WASHINGTON _ Facing a 21-year-old goalie making his first NHL start, the Flyers wanted to throw a lot of shots at the net and create traffic in front Sunday.
Instead, they let Washington control the tempo in the Capitals’ hard-fought 3-2 overtime win at the Verizon Center. The Flyers were outshot, 39-25, and outscored on the power play, 2-0. Washington had six power plays, while the Flyers had two.
Flyers’ goalie Sergei “Bob” Bobrovsky made 36 saves and was the best player on the ice, but somehow did not get one of the game’s three stars.
“We fought hard today for that one point,” captain Mike Richards said. “I thought we probably could have played better, but Bob kept us in the game.”
Braden Holtby made 23 saves for Washington (10-4). The loss ended the Flyers’ six-game winning streak.
Bobrovsky enjoyed facing fellow Russians Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, who combined for a goal, an assist and 13 shots.