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Chimera re-directed a Karl Alzner feed as he was heading off on a line change to avoid an icing call, and it beat Flyers starter Steve Mason between the legs.Jason Chimera’s tip-in from centre ice stood to be the winner as the Washington Capitals took a 2-0 series lead with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Chimera re-directed a Karl Alzner feed as he was heading off on a line change to avoid an icing call, and it beat Flyers starter Steve Mason between the legs.
The goal was Chimera's sixth career playoff game winner, tying Peter Bondra for first place on the Caps' postseason game-winning goals list. Capitals coach Barry Trotz didn't feel it was a momentum changer. "To us, those are unfortunate. I've been on the other side of those," Trotz said. "For us, it didn't do anything, really. We just said 'We got a break, it's the playoffs and we got a break'. It didn't give us momentum or anything, I didn't think. Mason's been really good in this series and he'll probably continue to be very good in this series. We're going to have to make it more difficult than we did tonight." Dave Hakstol was asked whether he’d consider a goaltending change for Game 3. “I haven’t thought a whole lot about that,” he said. “Mase has been outstanding for us. We’re going to do, throughout our lineup, as we’ve done all year long, we do what’s best for our hockey team. Mase has been a guy that’s carried us through different parts of this season. “No question down the stretch he’s been the guy and done a great job for us.” The Flyers out-shot the Capitals 42-23, but Braden Holtby was able to shut the door making 41 saves in the win. The 19 stops he made in the first period was the second most saves in a period by a Caps’ goaltender in postseason history, according to Elias Sports. "(Holtby) was fantastic. We knew that they were going to have a real big push, we expected it, they came hard," said Trotz. "I thought we were handling it OK. They were going to the net hard, we knew that was going to happen, we talked about it and they did. They were throwing pucks from everywhere trying to create a lot of chaos around the net. "Holts was good, he was outstanding tonight." John Carlson, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom had the other goals for Washington. Backstrom finished with a goal and two assists in the win. Saturday marked Backstrom’s fifth career three-point playoff game, tying Peter Bondra, Dale Hunter and Ovechkin for first place in Caps' history. The physical play continued in Game 2 with the two teams combining for 74 hits. Jakub Voracek had the lone Flyers goal while Mason stopped 19 shots. The one bright spot for the Flyers is that the Capitals have blown a 2-0 series lead five times previously, per Sportsnet Stats. The series moves to Philadelphia for Game 3 on Monday night.
Steve Mason: "I tried to put it to the corner. I messed up."Can say it over and over again, ‘It’s a bad goal.’ " — Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) April 17, 2016