The Philadelphia Flyers were back at the Wells Fargo Center for the first time this decade, trying to right the ship and get back to business at home - where they have been so good this season. It wouldn’t be an easy task, as they played host to the Washington Capitals.
Travis Konecny, who will be playing in the All-Star Game in a few weeks, got things started just 37 seconds into regulation, lighting a fire under the team.
But Washington would answer back with two goals to take a 2-1 lead towards the end of the first period. Robert Hägg would tie things up, however, off a one-timer with just 41 seconds left in the period.
We would remain tied until late in the second period, when Kevin Hayes would add yet another brilliant shorthanded goal to his stat sheet this season. Hayes took a turnover from his own zone, burned two Capitals, and beat Braden Holtby for a beautiful finish.
It would be the eventual game-winning goal with two minutes left in the second. Carter Hart played strong in net and the penalty kill was able to hold off the vaunted Capitals man-advantage. The Flyers would win 3-2. They return to action on Saturday when they host the Tampa Bay Lighting.