BITTER BIRDS
Flyers beat Caps in SO to Snap Two-Game Skid
By Adele Tippett Claude Giroux has had a quiet couple of games. December 9th was the last time we saw the Philadelphia Flyers captain score, tallying two goals against the Edmonton Oilers. Last night’s match against the Washington Capitals, we saw a rejuvenated Giroux, nailing a filthy wrister past Braden Holtby in what can only be described as a redemption goal from the failed attempt from Shayne Gostisbehere earlier in the period. A turnover along the boards led to Giroux sliding in at the point and with 19:39 played in the second, the game was tied at 2-2. The Flyers were grossly outplayed in the first period against the Capitals, ending the period 1-0, with the lone goal scored by Andre Burakovsky. Steve Mason, with a total of 14 blocked shots, undoubtedly kept the score within one, coming up with huge saves. A stroke of luck, the Flyers were awarded a power play, but were unable to get a shot in, making it the 13th power play in five games with no goals. The first period ended with too many turnovers and a lack of momentum. With the start of the second period, the Flyers came out with a newfound determination. They were more aggressive with their shots and spent more time in the offensive zone. Michael Raffl tied the game 1-1 with a wraparound goal that went under review. The Caps didn’t wait long to get one past Mason, making it a 2-1 hockey game. After Giroux’s wrister, the second ended tied at 2-2. Mason was, without question, the star of the game. It remained tied through the whole of the 3rd and throughout overtime, sending us Flyers fans into what we have come disgustingly accustomed to: the shootout. Mason is clearly playing some of his best hockey. With goals scored by Jake Voracek, Wayne Simmonds and T.J Oshie, Mase was a brick wall, saving the last penalty attempt of the game against Justin Williams. He finished the game with .947 save percentage, completely keeping his team afloat. The Flyers maintained their lead over the Caps, getting a bit of revenge after they knocked the Orange and Black out of the playoffs.