January 19 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“You could excuse the Flyers if it didn’t seem like a home-rink advantage when they skated onto the ice Tuesday night.
They have been away from the Wells Fargo Center for so long that it wouldn’t have been surprising if it felt like foreign territory.
But, as it turned out, defenseman Andrej Meszaros’ late goal made them feel right at home.
In a game that had a playoff feel, Meszaros scored on a blast from above the right circle with 3 minutes, 53 seconds left in overtime, giving the Flyers a 3-2 win over Washington before a loud sellout crowd.
“I was just trying to hit the net, because the guy was coming at me, and I tried not to hit him because it would be a breakaway for them,” Meszaros said.
Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux each had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who played at home for just the second time in the last 29 nights. Matt Carle set up the winning goal as the Flyers improved to 2-0-1 against the Caps this season
Washington tied it at 2 on an odd goal with 11:22 left.
Alex Ovechkin, standing to the right of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, knocked down the puck with his glove, and he and Braydon Coburn were in a scramble, swinging their sticks at the puck. Replays were inconclusive, but Coburn thought the puck went under his stick and nicked Ovechkin’s and went into the net.
It was Washington’s second goal in a 40-second span – former Flyer Mike Knuble had the other – to erase a two-goal deficit. Until that flurry, the Flyers seemed in control, and Bobrovsky was close to the team’s first shutout of the season – and first against Washington in 10 years.
Carter scored an unassisted goal to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead 1:31 into the game.
Washington’s Matt Hendricks failed to keep the puck in at his team’s offensive blue line, and Carter picked it up in the neutral zone and swooped around defenseman John Carlson and around the back of the net. Carter scored on a wraparound that deflected off the stick of forward Boyd Gordon.”
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