The Flyers have been in nearly every game they've played lately. Regardless of whether it's the lowly Blue Jackets or the top team in the NHL, the Capitals.
That's due in large part to their newly found ability to score first.
But very few leads have proven to be safe for Philadelphia, as another early advantage was erased as the Capitals edged out the Flyers, 3-2, Sunday afternoon in DC.
Michael Del Zotto got Philly on the board early (assisted by Shayne Gostisbehere whose rookie scoring streak continues) and staked a 1-0 advantage the Flyers looked poised to upset the Caps for a second straight time.
But in the second period,two goals in just 69 seconds gave the Caps a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.
An equalizer from Nick Schultz was made all-for-naught when Matt Niskanenscored for Washington in the third as well, leaving the Flyers 14 minutes to close the gap once again. They had no answer.
Steve Mason, getting a lot of recent work with Michal Neuvirth out with an injury stopped 27 big Washington shots but against an equally active Braden Holtby, the Flyers were only able to find the net on two of their 36 shots.
The Flyers were 0-for-5 in the power play and defensemen scored the only two Flyer goals -- a completely different look from the past few gameswhich saw special teamsand top line forwards make big contributions.
The setback ends a nice stretch for the Flyers who have acquired points in their last 14 games, including an overtime loss to the Rangers (yet another blown lead) with a point.