Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Sunday, November 7th
Game 2: Saturday, November 20th
Game 3: Tuesday, January 18th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 22nd

Flyers 2

(9-4-2, 20 pts)

Capitals 3

(10-4-0, 20 pts)

Coverage: NHL

5:00 PM ET, November 7, 2010

Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

1 2 3 OT T
PHI 1 1 0 02
WSH 1 1 0 13

M. Green (Capitals - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

B. Holtby (Capitals - G): Saves: 23, Save Pct.: .920

B. Coburn (Flyers - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Flyers-Capitals Preview


Sergei Bobrovsky is an unlikely part of the Philadelphia Flyers' six-game surge. The rookie goaltender may be in for one of his stiffest tests yet.

Bobrovsky attempts to help the Flyers to their longest winning streak in almost nine years when they visit Alex Ovechkin and the high-scoring Washington Capitals on Sunday night.

Philadelphia (9-4-1) entered this season without Michael Leighton, who underwent back surgery in September after playing a major part in the team's run to the Stanley Cup finals last summer.

With Leighton sidelined, the Flyers chose the 22-year-old Bobrovsky over veteran Brian Boucher, and the move has paid off.

Bobrovsky is 8-2-0 with a 2.11 goals-against average, keeping Boucher on the bench while creating a potential controversy with Leighton expected to return soon.

The Russian is also making a case to remain the Flyers' first option in net, spurring a six-game winning streak with a 1.67 GAA. He made 31 saves in a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday.

"My goal is to do the best I can in every game and help the team win," Bobrovsky said through an interpreter

Another strong performance from Bobrovsky could give Philadelphia its longest winning streak since an eight-game run from Jan. 6-19, 2002. However, he'll be facing the Capitals (9-4-0) for the first time.

Washington has scored 17 goals during its three-game winning streak after netting 10 in its previous five (2-3-0).

"It's one of our biggest rivalries for sure," said right wing Eric Fehr. "Both teams are pretty hot right now, so it's looking like it's going to be a pretty intense game."

Ovechkin kept the Capitals rolling Friday, scoring a goal and setting up another in a 5-3 win over Boston. The left wing has four goals and five assists during a five-game scoring streak, giving him a team-leading 17 points.

The two-time Hart Trophy winner has 19 goals and 13 assists in 19 meetings with Philadelphia. He had five goals and two assists in three matchups last season as Washington won the series 3-0-1. However, Ovechkin is unsure if he can solve Bobrovsky.

"I've never seen him before," Ovechkin said. "It's good when new guys, especially from Russia, show they can play here. He's very good."

Similar to Bobrovsky, Michal Neuvirth is unexpectedly getting the bulk of playing time in goal and will face the Flyers for the first time. He's 8-3-0 with a 2.41 GAA and one shutout, but was pulled midway through the third period against the Bruins after allowing three goals on 14 shots.

"He might be a little tired. He's not used to playing under this kind of pressure," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We wouldn't have the record we have if it wasn't for him."

Philadelphia is getting consistent production from Mike Richards, who is looking to extend his points streak to seven games after getting a goal and an assist Friday. The center has two goals and five assists during the run, giving him 13 points on the season to rank second on the club to Claude Giroux's 14.

Richards has seven points in the last six meetings with the Capitals, including a hat trick in Philadelphia's only win against them last season, 6-5 in overtime Oct. 6, 2009.