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Flyers-killer Ovechkin won’t play tonight vs. Flyers

Nov 1, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

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Last week, the Flyers caught a break when the New York Rangers came to town minus injured all-world goaltender and Flyers-tormenter Henrik Lundqvist. Just over a week later, another division rival comes to Wells Fargo Center minus its superstar.

The Capitals will be without lethal sniper Alexander Ovechkin, the league’s second-leading goal-scorer and a notorious Flyers killer, due to an upper-body injury when the teams meet tonight in South Philadelphia for their first matchup as Metropolitan Division foes.

I’m going to guess that, unlike Lundqvist’s replacement, Ovechkin’s replacement doesn’t have awesome Ghostbusters-themed gear, though.

But I digress.

Ovechkin has toyed with the Orange and Black over the course his first eight seasons in the league. Including the teams’ 2008 playoff series, Ovie has lit up the Flyers to the tune of 28 goals and 20 assists in 36 career games against them.

Translation: He usually abuses the Flyers by scoring tons of goals against them.

But Ovechkin’s absence tonight means a little more than it usually would.

So far during this young season, he’s scored 10 of the Captials’ 34 goals. That’s quite literally just about a third of Washington’s offense that will be out of the lineup. The Capitals’ next leading goal-scorer is Mikhail Grabovski with five, but three of his goals were scored in Washington’s season opener exactly a month ago.

“The Great 8’s” absence is magnified even more when you look at Washington’s power-play numbers.

The Caps own the league’s fifth-ranked power play, which has scored six goals and his hitting at 24.4 percent success rate. But four of Washington’s six power-play goals have been scored by – you guessed it – Ovechkin.

Translation: Alexander Ovechkin has been an exceptionally good hockey player this season and his absence tonight could be a huge break for the Flyers.

But the fact of the matter is none of this really matters unless the Flyers actually, you know, score some goals.

Also of note, the newly-reacquired Steve Downie, who will wear jersey No. 9, will be in the lineup tonight for Philadelphia. Don’t be surprised if he plays on the top line alongside Claude Giroux and Vinny Lecavalier.

  1. Bob - Nov 1, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Whew good to know. Really would of gotten ugly then

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  2. Mark432 - Nov 1, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Flyer-killer Holmgren still GM

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  3. mike - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    I don’t know if it was the lack of Ovechkin or the presence of newly acquired Steve Downie. But that Flyers team is looking lean and mean out there!

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  4. cape maybe - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Being a Philly sports fan right now (and for the last few years) fuking blows. Period. End of story.

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  5. Dale Hunter - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Typical Flyers. Down 7 goals and have to goon it up.

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    • T800m101 - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:10 AM

      Very ironic comment coming from someone with the name of “Dale Hunter”. You would have shit your pants if you saw Emery coming your way you giant labia.

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      • mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Haha, you told him.

        I’m pretty sure it’s the real Dale Hunter too.

  6. Mike - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    This was a perfect example of a second rate franchise living in the past. Stupidity like a full on team fight is why the NHL is niche at best. This was basically pro wrestling, sanctioned by an out of touch front office and ownership team.

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    • BenE. - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      Yeah, it’s much more fun when every player looks like he doesn’t wanna be there.

      Big points to Simmonds, Emery, B. Schenn, Downie, and Vinny tonight. Extra point for Downie for being the first player to have enough of that shit when he defended a nasty slewfoot on Read. These are clearly the only players on this team right now, besides Mason, who have any pride. THAT is how you handle a fucking embarrassing 7-0 loss.

      Hartnell has worn out his last welcome with me. He is an overpaid, marginal third line goofball and was laughing with a Caps player while the refs sorted out the brawl penalties. He should have been calling out which Caps player was next, instead. Ever since he got his big pay day last summer, he has joined the ranks of the soulless and become another empty sweater with no pride.

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      • mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:23 AM

        Emery should be suspended. He attacked a defenseless player who didn’t want to fight. Low class move. There’s no place in the game for that nonsense. It was flat out embarrassing. He might as well attacked a cameraman.

        Downie got his ass kicked and ended up in the hospital. He almost had a goal on his first shift and then did nothing.

        Another pathetic effort by a pathetic team having a pathetic season thanks to a pathetic GM and pathetic owner.

      • Emery4Vezina - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:49 AM

        Emery should start the next game he’s available. He lit a fire under a lifeless Flyer team. You and the rest of the soccer moms are horrified that grown men sometimes fight in hockey games. For the rest of us, it was the only part of the game worth watching.

      • MJS - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:23 AM

        Emery4Vezina, please tell me how Emery “lit a fire under a lifeless Flyers team”…did they come back and win the game? Even score a goal? Do anything different at all? No is the answer, in case you were wondering, so stop acting like him fighting was anything outside of just cool to watch (which it was)

    • T800m101 - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:31 AM

      Mike is a sorry excuse for a Flyers fan. I bet he’s really either a Rangers or a Red Wings fan. That would fit him.

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  7. Captain_Awesome - Nov 2, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    And both Vinny and Downie are out for a while, Vinnie with some face damage and Downie with a possible concussion. Tonight just went oh so swimmingly.

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  8. BenE. - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Now we know who on this team has pride, and who doesn’t.

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    • mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      The only guys on the ice tonight with something to be proud of were wearing red, white and blue uniforms.

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      • T800m101 - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:32 AM

        See, I knew you were a Rangers fan.

      • BenE. - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:37 AM

        They won and the Flyers got embarrassed on home ice. But Simmonds, Emery, Schenn, Vinny, and Downie scored a couple points tonight. They at least looked like they were part of a team.

        You have been bitter ever since your valentine Talbot was traded. I know a 7-0 loss sucks. But Ray Emery is not why this team is losing, nor is anyone else who was on the ice for that brawl.

      • MJS - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:08 AM

        Ben, you know I’m gonna keep you honest…the Flyers lacked a veteran defensive forward/player tonight. Plan and simple. I’m in no way saying if we had Talbot the game would have been different, but come on. That was embarrassing.

        Don’t stick up for Downie here. He was invisible tonight. Everyone was all over his balls for being able to play top line minutes (myself included) and he went and got hit face punched in and is now out for God who knows how long.

        I was at the game and loved every second of the fighting, but it sucks so much when we’re on the losing score. To top it off, Vinny is hurt too. This was bad.

  9. psudrozz - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    fire everybody.

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  10. psudrozz - Nov 2, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    what’s worse was having to sit through the caps telecast.

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  11. Jason R. - Nov 2, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    So Razor may be suspended, Vinnie is out indefinitely, Downie is IN THE FECKING HOSPITAL, Flyers looked just as flaccid after the fights, and you people are playing the “well we sure showed them!” card after a 7-0 loss.

    Is there another occupation in the world where if you get out performed you can *literally* assault someone to make yourself feel better?

    Wank motion at all of you Neanderthals.

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    • mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      “Awesome day at work today, honey. I lost the Mitchell account. Probably cost the company a few hundred thousand dollars. But I beat the living snot out of Phil from Accounting. It was fantastic. I walked up to him and said, “You better protect yourself” He said, “No, please stop!” But I pounded him anyway. It was amazing. Everybody was cheering me on”

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      • T800m101 - Nov 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Not only are you a huge pansy, but you’re a mental midget as well. That’s one of the most retarded comparisons I have ever heard. Go away.

      • mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        T800, when you type text messages on your phone, do you ever problems with it just autocorrecting to “Derp, derp, derp” ?

        Good job with all the name calling. I have one last question for you: Are you a pretty stupid 12-year-old or an extremely stupid 22-year-old?

  12. T800m101 - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Really had to scratch the gray matter for that, didn’t ya, mike? I’m actually a very intelligent 26-year old that has played hockey my whole life and went to my first Flyers game two months before my second birthday. There really is no point in arguing with you. Just by reading your comments, you either started to watch hockey in either 2010 or 2005. Clearly you’re a new-NHL fan, which basically means you’re a know-nothing fan.

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    • mike - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      http://deadspin.com/its-ok-if-you-dont-know-much-about-football-1455177302

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      • T800m101 - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        Looks like mike was deprived of oxygen at some point in his pathetic life.

    • Todd - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Dude, if you are “very intelligent”, how come you can’t get through a single post without childish namecalling? Seriously, on every post all you do is call people pansy, pussy, retard, midget and fake fan. I’ve yet to see you make a single point about anything. If you know so much about hockey, say something about hockey.

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      • T800m101 - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        I was simply describing them. If they actually brought up legitimate points, then they would garner a response without me calling them what they actually are. When you think a fight isn’t right to send a message at the end of a blowout game, then yes, you are in fact a fake hockey fan. If you whine and cry about fighting and certain types of hits that at one time were legal (and I grew up on), you don’t sound like a grown man, you sound like a faggot. I’ve made several good points, but it looks like you’re a new-NHL fan, and a new NHL fan = know-nothing fan.

      • Todd - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        Ok, thanks for clarifying. You confirmed what I already believed: You are an idiot.

      • T800m101 - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        Todd, like the retard that you clearly are, you said absolutely nothing to refute what I said (you can’t, because you have no argument). Know your place, you’re clearly out of your element.

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