Flyers Wash Caps, Shut Out Kings

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IFebruary 25, 2009

The week that's being highlighted as the supposed return week of Danny Briere, the Flyers made sure that their injury-plagued star returned in winning fashion.

The Flyers-Capitals matchup was as exciting as advertised with the orange and black taking care of business by beating the Caps 4-2 in Washington, where before last night, the Caps had only lost five times on their home ice. 

Antero Niittymaki saved 33 Capital shots and was the star of the game. Niittymaki kept the Flyers in the game from the opening puck drop to the final buzzer.

"That's a game where we played 60 minutes of hard hockey," Mike Richards said. "It was physical and just like the Pittsburgh game, with the intensity and physical play. We did a lot of good things and kept to the game plan and ended up with the win."

The Flyers came out tonight this time with Marty Biron between the pipes and shutout the Los Angeles Kings 2-0. The game was nothing like the night before, but it was another rough hockey game.

Biron stopped all 34 of the Kings shots and really etched his name on the dotted line for the starting job as this regular season winds down.

Jeff Carter netted his 36th goal of the season after tapping the puck in mid air pass Kings goaltender Erik Ersberg.

Simon Gagne added an empty net goal, his 23rd, with about one second left in regulation.   

"It's a good sign to see your team not play its best, against a good L.A. team, and still find a way to win," Coach John Stevens said.

"I don't really know too many teams that get in the playoffs with only one guy pulling the load," Biron said. "We both want to play every night, we both want to get in there and lead the team. Some nights, you're going to have to be supportive."

Flyers center Danny Briere is expected to return to the lineup Friday against the Montreal Canadiens.