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Washington 3, Philadelphia 1
When: 12:30 PM ET, Sunday, March 24, 2019
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
Referees: Ghislain Hebert, Tim Peel
Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 18506

Tom Wilson, Travis Boyd and Jakub Vrana each scored a goal as the Washington Capitals defeated the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 in a Sunday matinee.

The Capitals maintain a narrow lead in the Metropolitan Division, leading the New York Islanders by one point and the Pittsburgh Penguins by three. Each team has six games remaining, with Washington hosting the Islanders in the regular-season finale on April 6.

The Capitals snapped a two-game losing streak and completed a sweep of their four-game season series with the Flyers, whose fading playoff chances took a hit.

Braden Holtby played another strong game for Washington with 35 saves. Alex Ovechkin did not score a goal for the eighth time in his last nine games, but tallied one assist.

Some timely misdirection helped the Capitals score the game's first two goals. Wilson came through early in the first period by redirecting a Nick Jensen shot past goalie Brian Elliott 3:52 into the game.

Boyd stretched the lead to 2-0 when he tipped a shot from Matt Niskanen by Elliott just past the midway point of the second period.

The Flyers cut the lead in half with a late second-period goal from Jakub Voracek with 2:50 left. On the power play, Voracek beat Holtby from a tough angle by the edge of the right circle for the Flyers' first goal and his 20th of the season.

Washington added an insurance goal in the third period. Brett Connolly made a backhand pass from near the boards that sprung Vrana on a breakaway, who then slid a shot past Elliott at 8:07 for a 3-1 lead.

The Capitals had a few chances after the Flyers pulled their goalie in the final two minutes but could not convert.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Philadelphia   Washington
Jakub Voracek 1 Points Travis Boyd 1
Jakub Voracek 1 Goals Travis Boyd 1
Jakub Voracek 0 Assists Brett Connolly 1
Jakub Voracek 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Brian Elliott .900 Save Percentage Braden Holtby .972
Brian Elliott 27 Saves Braden Holtby 35
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Philadelphia 36 1 1-4 2-2 4 38
Washington 30 3 0-2 3-4 8 22
Upcoming Games
  • Washington will play their next game at home against Carolina. The Capitals have a W/L % of .568 after a win and .594 after a loss.
  • Philadelphia will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Flyers have a W/L % of .459 after a win and .487 after a loss.