By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor
Following back-to-back losses in ugly fashion to the Islanders and Penguins to close out October, there wasn’t really a game on the early November schedule that didn’t appear to be a test for the Flyers.
The Flyers win over the New Jersey Devils two weeks ago came just before the Devils started to slide into a string of three losses in their last four games. But from there, to play Toronto twice, Carolina, Montreal and Boston and survive it all with points in all five games was already an accomplishment. This week presented two more challenges. One of them is to come on Saturday when the Islanders pay a visit. The other was Wednesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, the NHL’s best team in the early part of the season.
Here are just a few facts for you from this game. It was the first time all season the Capitals didn’t score a goal in the second period. It was also the first time since Oct. 5 that the Capitals didn’t score at least three goals.
Think about that. The Capitals have dismantled teams left and right. They entered the game on a 12-game points streak. They had scored at least four goals in six straight games before a 4-3 shootout loss on Monday to Arizona. And the Flyers somehow held them to one goal over 65 minutes of action.
The result may have been a 2-1 shootout loss for the Flyers, snapping a four-game winning streak, but it was once again a small moral victory early in the season, a game where they at least showed they can hang with a top contender in the league.
Here are some more observations from Flyers-Capitals.