WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 13: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates off the ice as the Philadelphia Flyers celebrate a goal in the second period at Verizon Center on December 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Flyers Vs. Capitals: Washington Overwhelmed By Philadelphia, Loses 5-1 At Verizon Center

Even without team points leader Claude Giroux and defenseman Chris Pronger, the Flyers cruised to a 5-1 win over the Capitals on Tuesday night.

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Tomas Vokoun Needs To Use Experience To Help Struggling Washington Capitals

Tomas Vokoun has never played for a Stanley Cup contender. Now that he is and the Caps are struggling, Vokoun must take from his experience and steal games for the Caps to succeed.


Flyers Vs. Capitals: Washington Loses 5-1 To Eastern Conference Leading Philadelphia

The Washington Capitals were routed at home on Tuesday night by the Eastern Conference points leaders from Philadelphia. A three goal second period gave the Flyers a comfortable lead which the Caps could not overcome. Tomas Vokoun, who gave up the three goals on just twelve shots was replaced in the third period by Michael Neuvirth.

Neuvirth allowed the Flyers fifth and final goal, as they piled it on in a 5-0 shutout that would hold for most of the third period. Jakub Voracek notched his fifth of the season on a deflection in front of the net. Voracek camped out in front and was able to knock it down and through the wickets of Neuvirth. The goal was reviewed, as Voracek's stick was close to being above the crossbar when he deflected it but replay upheld the call and the 5-0 lead.

The Caps would finally break the shutout with six minutes to go. Jeff Halpern fired a wrister that beat Flyers' goalie Ilya Bryzgalov for Washington's first goal of the night. It was obviously of little consolation, however, as the Flyers were well on their way to burning the final six minutes and sealing their 19th win of the season. Even without Chris Pronger and team points leader Claude Giroux, the Flyers overwhelmed the Caps in a disheartening home loss at Verizon Center.

For more on the Capitals, please visit Japers' Rink, SB Nation's Caps blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit SB Nation Philly and Broad Street Hockey, SB Nation's Flyers blog.


Flyers Vs. Capitals: Philadelphia Flies Past Caps In Second Period, Opens 4-0 Lead

The Washington Capitals considered Tuesday's game with the Philadelphia Flyers a measuring stick game. After the second period, said stick is broken into pieces.

Three goals from the Philadelphia Flyers punctuated a period where the Caps were outplayed en route to a 4-0 deficit after 40 minutes.

Marc-Andre Bourdon opened the scoring in the second period with a goal from the point that deflected off a few sticks in front and past Tomas Vokoun at 7:23. Wayne Simmonds continued the bleeding at 14:19 when the play he started ended with him deflecting the puck into the net, while Maxime Talbot put the finishing touches when his goal bounced high off Vokoun and behind him at 17:33.

Despite giving up three goals on 12 shots in the period, Vokoun finished it as Michal Neuvirth remained on the bench. The Caps had 10 shots on goal, but Ilya Bryxgalov stopped them all to keep the Flyers in control.


Flyers Vs. Capitals: Scott Hartnell's Goal Gives Flyers 1-0 Lead

With leading scorer Claude Giroux out of the lineup, the Philadelphia Flyers' next leading scorer made sure to make his presence felt.

Scott Hartnell's goal late in the first period has given the Flyers a 1-0 lead over the Washington Capitals after 20 minutes.

Hartnell extended his career-high goal-scoring streak to six games at 16:16 when he got around Cody Eakin in the neutral zone and created enough space to fire what seemed like a harmless wrist shot past Tomas Vokoun for his 15th goal of the season. Jaromir Jagr, receiving hearty boos from the Verizon Center crowd, assisted on the goal.

The Caps failed to scored on two power plays and only have five shots on goal. The Flyers have 21 seconds left to work with on a power play with Troy Brouwer in the penalty box for tripping.

The Flyers are 11-0-0 when leading after the first period this season.


Capitals Vs. Flyers: Claude Giroux Concussion To Sideline Philly's Star Indefinitely

When the Washington Capitals (15-12-1, 31 points) host the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Flyers (18-7-3, 39 points) on Tuesday night, they will not have to contend with Flyers winger Claude Giroux, the NHL's points leader with 39. According to Sarah Baicker of Comcast SportsNet, Giroux has a concussion and will be "out indefinitely" as he recovers.

Giroux recorded a goal in the previous meeting between Washington and Philadelphia this season, a 5-2 victory for the Capitals. The Caps improved to 6-0-0 on the season with that win and went on to win their next game, moving their record to 7-0-0 to start the year. Since that time, however, the club has gone 8-12-1 and seen the dismissal of coach Bruce Boudreau.

The 23-year-old Giroux took a knee to the head in Philadelphia's 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, which caused the concussion.

For more on the Capitals, please visit Japers' Rink, SB Nation's Caps blog. For the perspective from the other side, please visit SB Nation Philly and Broad Street Hockey, SB Nation's Flyers blog.


Flyers Vs. Capitals: Tomas Vokoun To Start, Jeff Schultz Likely Scratched Again

BALLSTON, Va. - Only Mike Green, was is out of town seeing a specialist, was missing from the Washington Capitals' morning skate Tuesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. That has been a common occurrence lately, as are the lines that the Caps will likely start against the Philadelphia Flyers:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Alexander Semin

Troy Brouwer - Marcus Johansson - Jeff Halpern

Jason Chimera - Brooks Laich - Joel Ward

Cody Eakin - Mathieu Perreault - Mike Knuble

Matt Hendricks, who has missed two games with a right knee injury, will likely miss his third as he took part in extra work after morning skate. Joining him was Michal Neuvirth - meaning that Tomas Vokoun will start - and Jeff Schultz, who will be the defensive healthy scratch for the second consecutive game after only earning about four minutes of ice time in his last game on December 7 against the Ottawa Senators.


Flyers Vs. Capitals: Caps Face Test Against East-Leading Flyers

The Washington Capitals are on their first roll under Dale Hunter, having won two games in a row for the first time in about two weeks. Tuesday, the Caps will look to win three games in a row for the first time since their seven-game win streak to open the season against the Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center.

Washington has had three days off since defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 Friday. Dennis Wideman scored twice for the first time in his career and the Caps scored four power play goals.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia has been on a roll of its own, having won seven of 10. Yet, if the Flyers are going to make it eight of 11, they will likely have to do it without the NHL's leading scorer, Claude Giroux, who is suffering from a head injury. The Flyers are already without Chris Pronger (post-concussion symptoms) and Brayden Schenn (concussion).


Flyers Vs. Capitals: Mike Green To See Specialist, Will Join Team On Road Trip

Mike Green has left to see a specialist, but will apparently join the team on their two-game road trip later this week, according to Dale Hunter.

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