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Flyers control Capitals in 3-1 win to improve round-robin standing

Scott Laughton’s two goals and Brian Elliott’s stellar netminding lead Flyers to third-straight win inside the bubble —and second inside the round-robin.

Washington Capitals v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Early 4-on-4 action after Michal Kempny got Jakub Voracek up high with a follow-through after he whiffed on a loose puck and was taken to task by Sean Couturier.

Tom Wilson would put the Flyers on the 4-on3 power play right after following a boarding call on Ivan Provorov. Breaking: Tom Wilson is still the living worst.

Nothing doing on that man-advantage but Connor Bunnaman would earn another after being tripped up by Brenden Dillon on the following shift. Again nothing to show as the Flyers squandered their first two power play chances on the day.

In the midst of a rather sleepy first period all-around, Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton hooked up off a Radko Gudas turnover to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead with seven minutes left in the frame.

Konecny picked off the ill-advised Gudas pass and tucked a nifty drop pass to Laughton to finish off a pretty opening tally.

Voracek would go off for tripping late in the first to give the Capitals a chance to erase Laughton’s opener. It would be an easy kill for the Flyers, tough, no harm done.

Another chance for the penalty kill in the waning moments of the period as Bunnaman took down Evgeny Kuznetsov with less than two minutes to go.

After one Laughton’s tally was the lone marker and the Flyers were able to kill of the remaining time to start the second still caressing their 1-0 lead.

With 13:52 left in the second the Flyers would head back to the power play after a high-sticking call against the Caps, and a chance to extend the lead. Another chance wasted though there was good zone time and a scoring chance in tight for Joel Farabee back in the lineup.

In the midst of a parade to the penalty box something beautiful happened; a wild Travis Sanheim appeared. It used silky smooth goal to make it 2-0 Flyers with 8:30 left in the second.

Look at how pretty this work is from No. 6 in your programs.

Not super busy by any means in the Flyers crease, Brian Elliott was solid in the first two periods but came up with a great save as Jakub Vrana broke in all alone late in the second but couldn’t solve the netminder.

After 40 minutes the Flyers maintained their 2-0 lead though Braden Holtby denied Scott Laughton of another marker right before break with an outstanding save to counter Elliott’s fine work on Vrana just before.

Not the prettiest hockey to start the third period as the Flyers began with just 20 minutes separating them from at very least the No. 2 overall seed in the Eastern Conference.

Padding the lead with 11:23 was the name of the game as Scott Laughton picked up his second of the game off a nice dish from Kevin Hayes to give the Flyers the 3-0 lead.

The Capitals would have an answer, though, as Travis Boyd picked up the first of the afternoon to make it 3-1 with a little over 11 minutes remaining to end Elliott’s shutout bid.

Building on that goal the Caps would pickup a power play to try and pull closer with Vrana drawing the call down the left wing on a slash. Elliott came up with a dandy of a save on Vrana midway through the power play to keep the Flyers’ lead at two.

While Elliott was holding down the fort in the Flyers crease, Holtby was strong in the other cage to keep the Capitals within striking distance despite not much offensive support.

Washington would empty the net with 1:35 left in a desperate search of offense, but the practice was ineffective as the Flyers salted away the rest of the clock —and not using the empty net— to secure a 3-1 win.

The win secures at very worst the No. 2 overall seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the Flyers, who will meet Tampa Bay in the final round-robin game each with four points and two regulation wins. The winner is the top overall seed, it’s just that simple, folks.

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