WASHINGTON – The Washington Capitals failed to tie for first place in the East Division, losing 4-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers at Capital One Arena on Friday.
Washington trailed the Pittsburgh Penguins by two points for first place in the MassMutual East Division with a game in hand. The Capitals, Penguins, Boston Bruins and New York Islanders clinched all four of the division’s Stanley Cup playoff spots.
“These are important points for us that we are letting go here, so there can be no excuse,” Washington coach Peter Laviolette said. “I just thought we were on our heels too much. They had a good pace in the first half, and we were reacting to them. We were flipping the pucks because we weren’t on our toes, we weren’t sharp. “
Beginner Wade Allison scored twice in the second period for his first multigoal NHL game for the Flyers (24-23-7), who won for the second time in six games. Brian Elliott made 28 saves.
“There’s no question the guys have been very positive and very good with the young players brought here lately, and tonight I thought our whole squad had skated well,” said Philadelphia coach Alain. Vigneault. “I like the energy we brought to the table and I hope we can do the same tomorrow. “
The teams will conclude their season here on Saturday. The Capitals are 5-2-0 against the Flyers. They had won five in a row.
Joël Farabee stuck in a loose puck off the right of the net to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead at 1:44 of the first period.
Daniel Leap tied 1-1 at 4:19 pm. He scored his sixth goal in six games with a wrist shot from the lunge Anthony Manthapasses from behind the net.
“I think there were times in the game where we were the better team and there were times when we got our foot on the accelerator and they had their chances,” said Sprong.
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Allison scored at 4:19 of the second period to make it 2-1. Oskar Lindblom played the puck into the Capitals’ zone from the neutral zone, and it fell off the end boards to Allison in the right face-off circle for a stopwatch.
“We worked on that a bit in practice,” said Allison, who was playing her 12th game in the NHL. “I just got around their D, and it was a great pass. I couldn’t ask for much more than that. “
Allison hit the rebound from a Philippe Myers wrap-around shot on delayed penalty to bring the score to 3-1 at 2:45 pm.
“He does what most guys who like to score goals do: he went in goal and stayed there,” Laviolette said. “That’s where you score the goals in today’s game, when you’re close to the net. You take shots and jump on a second chance. So much the better for the young man to do that. “
Allison has three goals and one assist in her last three games.
Video: PHI @ WSH: Allison plucks puck off end boards
Oshie shot Washington at 3-2 when he deflected Nick Jensenshooting at 18:51 of a second.
Oshie netted a hat trick in a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday, a day after the death of his father, Tim. He has scored six goals in his last six games.
“We didn’t take advantage of a few chances, and we dug a hole too big to come out of,” Oshie said. “These are not the types of games we want to have at this point in the year. It should be the exact opposite, I think, of our start. So we’ll have to learn from it, talk about it and watch the video. and change the way we start the game tomorrow night. “
Sean Couturier scored in an empty net with 31 seconds left in the third period for the 4-2 final.
NOTES: Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin sidelined for the sixth time in seven games with a lower body injury. He played a 39-second quarterback in the first period of a 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday. … Oshie has scored 23 points (15 goals, eight assists) in his last 21 games. … Couturier has scored at least one point in eight of his last nine games (four goals, four assists) and is on a three game streak in a row (two goals, one assist). … Elliott got his first assist of the season on Couturier’s goal. … Defender of the Flyers Cam York had a shot on goal and a blocked shot in 20:59 in his NHL debut. … Philadelphia Defender Shayne Gostisbehere served the first of a two-game suspension for boarding the Pittsburgh defenseman Mark Friedman in a 7-3 loss on Tuesday.
Video: Allison scores 2 goals in 4-2 win over Capitals