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Philadelphia entered the night off a disappointing loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night, where the club failed to generate cohesion when distributing the puck. This was not the case on Wednesday, as the Flyers effortlessly moved the puck between zones, especially when attacking on offense.
The club opened the scoring almost immediately after opening puck drop when captain Claude Giroux registered his seventh goal of the season 23 seconds into the contest.
Four minutes later, Wayne Simmonds scored his eighth goal of the season on a power play opportunity.
Philadelphia found success on the man advantage on Wednesday night, as the team cashed in on both of their power plays. Newly acquired forward Simon Gagne collected the other extra-man tally at the start of the second period to give the Flyers a three-goal cushion.
Later in the frame, Max Talbot blasted a slap shot past Braden Holtby to put the Flyers up four. The goal marked the end of the night for Holtby, who allowed all four goals on 18 shots faced through 35 minutes played.
Rookie goaltender Philipp Grubauer made his NHL debut in relief of Holtby and performed well, stopping several quality chances from the Flyers. The rookie stopped all 14 shots he faced and kept the Flyers total at four with some remarkable glove saves.
The rest of the Capitals didn't fare as well.
The team looked sluggish from opening puck drop and were non-existent in the offensive zone. Despite moments when the Philadelphia defense faltered, the Capitals failed to take advantage of the opportunities. While Philadelphia played a solid game, the effort was far from perfect. Those imperfections could have resulted in Washington pulling themselves back into contention.
However, they never managed to do so, which is probably the result of playing in the tail-end of a back-to-back.
The team's lone goal was the result of a poorly handled shot by Ilya Bryzgalov. Instead of cleanly catching the attempt, Bryzgalov bobbled the shot, which resulted in a loose puck in front of the goal mouth. Joel Ward battled for the puck and recorded his sixth goal of the season.
Philadelphia will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host the Ottawa Senators in the final game of a five-game homestand.
Washington will also be in action on Saturday when they travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets.