As Frank Calder once coined, Michal Neuvirth stood on his head, stopping all 44 shots faced tonight in an extremely lopsided game. The Flyers managed to only muster up 11 total shots on goal in the entire game, a franchise low for either playoff or regular season game. 14 shots in the first period, 16 in the second and 14 more in the third. The Capitals took more shots in any period than the Flyers did all game. However, none of that matter since Neuvirth played out of his mind frustrating the Capitals at every turn.
Ryan White snapped the scoreless tie in the second period just seconds after a Flyers PowerPlay expired. White found a loose puck in front and swung it around banking it off a Capitals defenseman and past Braden Holtby for the 1-0 lead and eventual game winning goal.
The Capitals poured it on again out shooting the Flyers 14-3 but yet again were unable to get one past the wall that was Neuvirth.
Chris VandeVelde wrapped the game up with his empty net goal and the Flyers did something that hadn't happened all season by giving the Capitals their first back to back regulation losses.
• Alex Ovechkin took eight shots on goal, just three less than the entire Flyers lineup.
• Not one Flyers defenseman registered a shot on goal.
• The Flyers first line (Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn) accounted for six shots. The rest of the team took five.
• The Flyers went scoreless again on the PowerPlay, 0-6, for the fourth time in five playoff games.
• The Capitals went 0-3 on the PowerPlay.
• VandeVelde's goal was the first playoff tally of his career.
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The Flyers will host Game 6 on Saturday at noon.