Written by Aaron Brassi, Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AFP) – The Philadelphia Flyers have welcomed fans to their home turf for the first time in nearly a year, and Washington Capital has turned the eager crowd’s cheers into disappointing booing.
Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov and Nick Jensen scored to lead Washington to a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday night. TJ Oshie had assists and Ilya Samsonov stopped 36 shots for Capitals, who won with eight shots out of 11.
Washington played without striker Tom Wilson, who served the first of seven matches to be suspended for Friday’s strike on Boston defender Brandon Carlo.
Joel Farabi scored for Philadelphia, who lost for the second time in a row and finished 3-3 during nine grueling days and lasted six matches.
There were 3,023 fans in attendance, the first time the Flyers have played in front of a local crowd since March 10. It was also Washington’s first match against an audience this season.
“It was amazing,” said John Carlson from Washington. “It almost felt weird there. I love to hear some booing and cheering, the normal things that happen in the NHL game. It’s not a crowded house like it shouldn’t be, (but) that means a lot to the players. It’s normal for us.”
Farabi fanned the enthusiasm of the home crowd with his 11th goal to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead less than nine minutes before halftime.