Capitals Get Revenge, Beat Flyers in Shootout 2-1

chad lamasaCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2009

The Capitals worst loss of the season came at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers in December.

Since then the Capitals have not lost a game.

The Flyers visited the Verizon Center tonight looking to snap the Caps seven-game overall winning streak and their 24-game home winning streak dating back to last season.

Tonight would not be the night however.

Nick Backstrom (12) opened the scoring at 2:10 into the first period on a power play goal. He was assisted by Alexander Semin (20) and Viktor Kozlov (18).

That would be all the scoring until 23 seconds into the third period, when Braydon Coburn (5) converted on a power play, with assists from Kimmo Timonen (22) and Jeff Carter (17) to tie the game.

The game would go into overtime as neither team could score for the remainder of  regulation.

OT was more of the same as the Caps and Flyers engaged in a goalie duel.

Flyers' goalie Martin Biron, filling in for an injured Antero Niittymaki, stopped 33 of 34 shots on the night.

The Capitals Jose Theodore put up identical numbers.

The game went to the shootout assuring both teams of a point.

Viktor Kozlov took the first shot and scored the only goal in the shootout on a nice fake-out of Biron.

The game featured the leading goal-getters in the league right now, Alex Ovechkin and Jeff Carter, but neither scored and remain tied at 27 goals apiece for the season.

Theodore, who has been playing extremely well of late, picked up his 14th win of the season and was selected as the first star of the game.

Kozlov and Biron were the second and third stars respectively.


Other notes:

The Capitals killed off 30 seconds of five-on-three play late in the first period.

The win was Theodore's sixth in a row.

If not for the loss to Philly in December, the Caps would be riding a 13 game winning streak.

The Caps' 57 points are now only five points behind the Boston Bruins for the Eastern Conference lead, and remained 10 points ahead of Carolina in the Southeast Division.