The Sixers were coming off of their downright shocking win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday when they headed to D.C. yesterday to take on the lowly Wizards. It was a tightly contested matchup as the Sixers were down by one at halftime due to a Dorell Wright goaltending call with 0.6 seconds remaining. The second half would feature consistency from the 76ers as they scored 19 points in both the third and fourth quarters. The Sixers had three scorers with 14 points and Wright led all Sixers with 15 points. Spencer Hawes (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Evan Turner (11 points, 10 rebounds) both had double-doubles. However, all five of the Wizards starters registered 12 or more points and that would ultimately be the deciding factor as Washington would go on to win 90-87 dropping the Sixers to 23-35 on the year. More here.
The Flyers got a huge 2-1 win over the Senators on Saturday afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center. In the first period the Flyers were also dealing out huge hits and none bigger than Harry Zolnierczyk’s hit on Senators’ defenseman Mike Lundin. Lundin was left sprawled on the ice, dazed. The trainers helped Lundin off the ice and Zolnierczyk was issued a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. The NHL has issued Zolnierczyk a four game suspension yesterday for his hit. It will cost him nearly $13,000. More here.
The Chicago Blackhawks were looking to extend their historic streak of recording a point in 21 straight games to start to season to 22 when they took on the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday afternoon. It was a back and forth contest with fantastic goaltending between Corey Crawford and Jimmy Howard. However, the Red Wings would break through the start the third when Tomas Tatar beat Crawford to give Detroit the 1-0 lead. With 2:25 remaining, Red Wings’ defenseman Jonathan Ericsson flipped the puck out of play for a delay of game penalty. Just 23 seconds later, Patrick Kane found himself all alone to Jimmy Howard’s left and he deposited the puck top shelf to tie the game for Chicago. The game would go to a shootout when Kane came in slowly and methodically on Howard and beat him stick-side to give Chicago the lead. Crawford would close the door and the Blackhawks would escape with a 2-1 victory. More here.