Brink scores in regulation, shootout to lead Flyers over Capitals
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bobby Brink scored the deciding goal in the shootout and also tallied one in regulation to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
Sean Couturier also scored in the shootout for the Flyers, who have won five of six and extended their points streak to seven consecutive contests. Owen Tippett and Joel Farabee scored in regulation for Philadelphia and Samuel Ersson made 27 saves.
“I liked our battle,” Farabee said. “Huge win for us.”
Brink came from a sharp angle in the shootout, then deked past Capitals goalie Charlie Lindgren before the easy finish into the empty net.
Philadelphia has won all three shootouts its been in this season.
Coach John Tortorella said he was impressed by the Flyers’ resiliency in spite of them not being at their best.
“Our guys have been very consistent in their competitiveness,” Tortorella said. “We kept on playing. That’s what I respect so much about our team.”
T.J. Oshie connected in the shootout for Washington, which couldn’t hang on to a late, third-period lead.
“They’re going to work in all three zones,” Capitals coach Spencer Carbery said of the Flyers. “They’re not going to give you anything.”
Strome broke a 2-all tie with 10:55 remaining. Wilson started the play by hustling into the corner to retrieve the puck before passing to Aliaksei Protas in the slot. Protas broke his stick on a feed to Strome at the side of the net, but there was just enough on it for Strome to get it and fire past Ersson.
Tippett tied it with 2:59 left in regulation with a wrist shot from long range that went through defenseman Travis Sanheim’s screen and past Lindgren.
The Flyers had the best chance in OT, but Lindgren denied Cam Atkinson’s breakaway try with a blocker save.
Before Strome put Washington ahead, Philadelphia had evened the contest 5 1/2 minutes into the final period when Farabee’s wraparound shot just eluded the right pad of Lindgren.
“He made key saves at key times,” Tortorella said.
Brink netted his fifth of the season early in the second period to put Philadelphia in front 1-0. Marc Staal’s shot from the point was stopped by Lindgren, but Brink knocked in the rebound with a backhand. The Flyers improved to 14-1 when scoring first.
This was the first of three meetings between the Metropolitan Division rivals. They’ll play on March 14 in Washington before finishing the three-game season series on April 16 in Philadelphia.
Capitals: At Nashville on Saturday night.
Flyers: Host Detroit on Saturday night.
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