FLYERS EMBARRASSED AGAIN IN DC — LOOKS LIKE THE’VE GIVEN UP!

By Jenny Masters

The schedule says that the season isn’t over.

In fact, the Flyers record is now 19-17-6 after last night’s new embarrassment in Washington.

Which means they have 14 games left to play and they are six points out of a playoff spot.

But, excuse me, by judging by the way they played last night it looks like they have given up.

Sean Couturier scored Philly’s only goal, Brian Elliott allowed six goals on 32 shots and the Flyers lost for the sixth time in eight games.

Anthony Mantha had a two points in his Washington debut, Alex Ovechkin scored the 728th goal of his NHL career and the Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-1.

The East Division-leading Capitals went 3 for 3 on the power play as part of another offensive outburst. They routed the banged-up Boston Bruins 8-1 Sunday night on the eve of the trade deadline.

They gave up skilled young forward Jakub Vrana, a first-round pick and a second-rounder to get Mantha from Detroit in the hopes of better positioning themselves for another deep playoff run. So far, so good: Mantha picked up an assist on Tom Wilson’s goal in the first period, then showed off his shot in the second for his 12th of the season.

Ovechkin scored his team-leading 22nd in the third, beating Brian Elliott from his trademark spot inside the faceoff circle on the power play. The Capitals’ captain is now three back of Marcel Dionne for fifth on the career goals list.

Washington’s longest- and shortest-tenured players weren’t the only ones to get in on the goal-scoring fun against Philadelphia, which sold at the deadline and looked like a team ready for the offseason. Conor Sheary, Wilson, Nicklas Backstrom and Carl Hagelin scored the other goals.

Sheary added two assists for a three-point game. Ilya Samsonov made 29 saves for his 10th victory of the season.

 

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