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The Sports Network
4/15/2008 11:15:14 AM
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(Sports Network) - With their series tied at one game apiece, the Flyers and Capitals will head north up I-95 for Game 3 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center.

You can see the game live on TSN tonight at 7pm et/4pm pt.

The Capitals won the first game of the series on Friday, as they erased a two- goal deficit after 40 minutes to notch a 5-4 win on their home ice. However, Philadelphia was able to earn as split in D.C. by posting a 2-0 triumph Sunday at the Verizon Center.

The sixth-seeded Flyers rebounded from Friday's tough loss with a win in Martin Biron's first-ever playoff shutout. R.J. Umberger and Jeff Carter each scored a goal to help Philadelphia even the series.

Biron stopped all 24 shots he faced to blank the Caps in only his second career postseason outing.

Cristobal Huet also turned in a solid performance between the pipes for the third-seeded Capitals, stopping 39-of-41 shots.

Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin was obviously kept off the scoresheet in Game 2, but posted a team-high five shots in the setback. Ovechkin scored the game- winning goal in the series' opener while also picking up an assist.

Ovechkin was the NHL leader in points (112) and goals (65) during the regular season and will likely receive the league's MVP Awards, which are handed out following the Stanley Cup finals.

Game 4 of this series will also take place in the City of Brotherly Love, as the Flyers are scheduled to host Thursday's test at the Wachovia Center.

Philadelphia could receive a boost to their defensive depth tonight, as it may have veteran physical presence Derian Hatcher back on the blue line. Hatcher hasn't played since suffering a fractured right tibia on March 15, but is considered questionable for tonight's game.

Washington is in the postseason for the first time since 2003 after winning its first Southeast Division title since 2001. The Capitals haven't won a playoff series since making a run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1998.

Philadelphia is back in the playoffs after suffering through the worst season in franchise history a year ago. The 2006-07 edition of the Orange & Black not only missed out on the postseason, but finished last in the NHL for the first time in club history. The Flyers' 54 points was the lowest-ever total for the team, but the 2007-08 club rebounded with a 95-point season.

The Capitals have won two of the three all-time playoff series against the Flyers. Washington posted series' wins over Philly in 1984 and 1988, but the Flyers won the last postseason meeting between the clubs in 1989.

Philadelphia won the regular-season series against the Caps, posting a slight 2-1-1 edge.

The Flyers were 21-14-6 as the host this season, while Washington turned in a 20-16-5 record on the road.

Scottie Upshall (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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