March 23 Camden Courier-Post:
“From a coach’s perspective, the Flyers’ 5-4 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals Tuesday night might have been a small step back in the Eastern Conference standings, but it was a giant leap in the right direction.
“We’re in our building and the fans were great and we’d like to leave with the other point and give everybody a big hoo-hah at the end, and that didn’t happen for us,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said after seeing a valiant comeback spoiled in the shootout. “But in saying that, that was about as much of an effort we’ve had in about a month.”
The Flyers battled back from a 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead on goals by Kris Versteeg, Claude Giroux, Andreas Nodl and Danny Briere. But a game-tying goal by Marcus Johansson with 3:19 remaining in regulation gave way to Alexander Semin’s game-winning goal in the shootout.
The win was the Capitals’ 11th in 12 games and clinched for them a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs. More importantly, it moved them to within a point of the Flyers in the conference standings. The Flyers still lead the conference with 97 points and have two games in hand on Washington.
The Flyers‘ comeback was foiled when all three Capitals — Matt Hendricks, Nicklas Backstrom and Semin — scored in the shootout against Brian Boucher, who replaced starter Sergei Bobrovsky after the rookie allowed three goals on nine shots.
“From a team standpoint it was a good point, but from my standpoint, I’m disappointed,” Boucher said. “I didn’t make any saves in the shootout and I feel like I could have done more.”
The same could be said of Bobrovsky, who was pulled from a game for the fourth time this season and looked shaky in perhaps his biggest start of the year.
“I’m sure he’ll have a chance to bounce back,” Briere said. “It’s not the first time. He had a couple bad games earlier this year and he was able to bounce back. It happens. Everybody has some bad nights. I’m sure he’s not happy about it, but if he bounces back it could be a learning experience for him.””
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