The second period was entirely Philadelphia. Matt Read was all over the ice in the second period. He was fore-checking, back-checking, hitting, shooting, and creating opportunities. Read was all over the ice. The Flyers stretched their lead to two goals when some unfamiliar names appeared on the score sheet. Rookie defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon beat Tomas Vokoun on a redirected shot for his first NHL goal. Zac Rinaldo and Jody Shelley both received assists on the goal. Seven minutes later Wayne Simmonds redirected an Andrej Meszaros shot from the point to put the Flyers up 3-0. It was the third straight game that Simmonds has found the back of the net. The Capitals came back down the ice trying to shift the momentum. With their top line out there- Backstrom, Semin, and Ovechkin- the Capitals started on the rush into the Flyers end when Braydon Coburn stood Ovechkin up at the blue line and drove him into the boards. James van Riemsdyk picked up the loose puck and carried it into the Washington zone. JVR dropped the puck off to Maxime Talbot who beat Vokoun, despite Vokoun getting a piece of it. The Flyers took a 4-0 lead into the second intermission.
In the third the Capitals sent out goaltender Michael Neuvirth to replace Tomas Vokoun. The Flyers got to Neuvirth quickly. Just five and a half minutes into the period, Jakub Voracek beautifully redirected Matt Carle’s shot from the point to put the game out of reach at 5-0. With six minutes remaining Jeff Halpern beat Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to rid him of the shutout.
Outside of that minor blip on the radar, Ilya Bryzgalov was spectacular in net. He stopped 31 of 32 shots, controlled his rebounds, and was seeing the puck very well. The Flyers have won six games in a row. They became the first team in the Eastern Conference to break the 40 point mark. The Flyers have 41 points and are in first place in the East.
They get back at it Thursday night in Montreal against the Canadiens.