9:48 PM - March 4, 2020
9:48 PM - March 4, 2020

It’s over

Flyers 5, Capitals 2. A real impressive win that pulls the Flyers within one point of first place in the Metropolitan division.

Be sure to head over to inquirer.com/flyers for all of our postgame coverage of the win.

Kevin Hayes celebrates with the Flyers' bench after scoring a goal during the second period.
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Kevin Hayes celebrates with the Flyers' bench after scoring a goal during the second period.
9:42 PM - March 4, 2020
9:42 PM - March 4, 2020

Make it 5-2 Flyers

Off a faceoff, Scott Laughton flings the puck toward the middle and it goes in the net in off one of Dmitri Orlov’s skates.

The Flyers are on their way to their 10th win in 12 games, and the fans down in D.C. are coming through loud and clear on TV.

Just over four minutes to go in the game now.

9:26 PM - March 4, 2020
9:26 PM - March 4, 2020

Flyers go up 4-2

Ivan Provorov charged unmarked down the back side of the play while Jake Voracek had the puck, and scored a pretty goal. The roar from Flyers fans in D.C. was real loud.

Just over 12 minutes to go in the game now.

Watch this as many times as you want:

9:21 PM - March 4, 2020
9:21 PM - March 4, 2020

Early in the third

The Flyers survived a penalty kill just over three minutes into the third period, and still lead 3-2 with 13:51 to go. Just one shot per side in the frame so far.

8:52 PM - March 4, 2020
8:52 PM - March 4, 2020

And now another fight

Tom Wilson (yet again) and Robert Hagg drop the gloves with 14.8 seconds on the clock. Wilson took aim at Claude Giroux, who smartly got out of the way, and Hagg stuck himself in.

Wilson and Hagg each got five-minute penalties

That was a fun period of hockey. 3-2 Flyers after 40 minutes, and the shots advantage is 25-15.

8:49 PM - March 4, 2020
8:49 PM - March 4, 2020

Capitals answer

Garnet Hathaway cuts the Flyers’ lead to 3-2 less than a minute after Pitlick’s goal, and with 1:28 to go in the period.

8:47 PM - March 4, 2020
8:47 PM - March 4, 2020

Flyers go up 3-1

A play that started with a 5-on-2 rush finished with Michael Raffl laying off a backhanded pass for Tyler Pitlick to fire home.

Flyers 3, Capitals 1, with 2:20 to go in the second period.

8:43 PM - March 4, 2020
8:43 PM - March 4, 2020

Flyers take the lead

Kevin Hayes puts the Flyers up 2-1 with 5:12 to go in the second period.

Derek Grant delivered a tremendous assist with a backheeled pass off his right skate, and Hayes put the shot home on the doorstep.

Some of you know I’m The Inquirer’s soccer writer, and, well, that was a pretty nice soccer play.

8:36 PM - March 4, 2020
8:36 PM - March 4, 2020

Vigneault: JVR ‘doesn’t look real good’

Alain Vigneault gave an in-game interview to NBCSNs’ Brian Boucher just now.

Asked for an update on James van Riemsdyk’s hand injury, Vigneault said: “He took a shot off the hand there, so he got an X-ray. At this time, it doesn’t look real good. We’ll know more after the game.”

And asked about what helped the Flyers tie the game in this period, Vigneault said: “Nothing much. it’s just a matter of execution. Our guys executed a little bit sharper, that’s it, in the second period, and we were able to capitalize on one of our occasions.”

8:24 PM - March 4, 2020
8:24 PM - March 4, 2020

Flyers actually tie the game

Travis Konecny delivered the equalizer with 12:54 to go in the period, and there was no doubt about this one. He was wide open on the doorstep to clean up a rebound of a shot from near the blue line by Derek Grant.

From the sound of things listening to the TV broadcast, there are quite a few Flyers fans at Capital one Arena tonight. They’re certainly near NBC’s microphones.

So it’s now 1-1, and the Flyers lead the shots on goal total 18-10.

8:21 PM - March 4, 2020
8:21 PM - March 4, 2020

Flyers tie the game, but it’s waved off

The Flyers appeared to score with 14:05 to go in the second period, but the referees waved it off when there was a pileup in the net involving Sean Couturier and Washington’s Braden Holtby and Tom Wilson.

TV replays appeared to show the puck coming extremely close to crossing the line, but Holtby shielded the puck from the cameras’ view right as it was crossing the line.

The referees said “there was no conclusive evidence," and indeed you couldn’t see the puck cross the line. But the laws of physics tell you that it did, and NBC analyst Ed Olczyk thought so too.

This all came amid an extended Flyers power play, thanks to Washington commiting two penalties in quick succession. The Capitals got caught with too many men on the ice with 16:14 to go, then the Flyers got a 5-on-3 for 12 seconds when Washington’s Garnet Hathaway was called for high-sticking Robert Hagg.

8:07 PM - March 4, 2020
8:07 PM - March 4, 2020

JVR still out

As the second period starts, James van Riemsdyk is still not on the Flyers’ bench. More details hopefully to come.

7:48 PM - March 4, 2020
7:48 PM - March 4, 2020

End of the first period

Capitals 1, Flyers 0.

The shots on goal are 7-7, the hits are 13-8 in the Flyers’ favor, and the Flyers have won 54% of the faceoffs.

7:45 PM - March 4, 2020
7:45 PM - March 4, 2020

We have a fight

Between Washington’s Tom Wilson (again, no surprise) and the Flyers’ Nate Thompson.

Wilson blindsided Michael Raffl a moment earlier, and they went at it a moment later, including Raffl sticking his stick between Wilson’s legs.

The fight came behind Washington’s net, and once they got going everybody else on the ice just stood there.

Thompson and Wilson each got five minutes for fighting, and Wilson got an extra two minutes for roughing.

7:37 PM - March 4, 2020
7:37 PM - March 4, 2020

Washington scores first

Capitals 1, Flyers 0 with 5:51 to go in the first period.

Lars Eller backhanded the puck past Flyers goalie Brian Elliott to cap off an even-strength breakaway. Richard Panik set Eller up with a behind-the-back pass as they skated towards goal in a 2-on-1 breakaway.

7:32 PM - March 4, 2020
7:32 PM - March 4, 2020

James van Riemsdyk injured

He took a shot from Washington’s Jonas Siegenthaler with just over 9 minutes left in the period, grabbed his right hand and went to the bench. Then trainer Jim McCrossin sent him to the locker room.

There aren’t any more details yet.

The game is still scoreless with 7 minutes to go in the first period. Shots on goal are tied 4-4. The Flyers have blocked 7 total shots to Washington’s 3.

7:21 PM - March 4, 2020
7:21 PM - March 4, 2020

Justin Braun takes a big hit

No surprise that it came from Washington’s Tom Wilson. Braun went straight to the bench, but was back on the ice for his next shift.

Early penalty

Scott Laughton went to the box 1:08 into the first period for interference. the Flyers killed the penalty without much trouble.

Ilya Kovalchuk is on one of Washington’s power play lines, which is a weird thing to type.

7:08 PM - March 4, 2020
7:08 PM - March 4, 2020

Tonight’s starters

For the Flyers:

LW Claude Giroux

C Sean Couturier

RW Jakub Voracek

Ds Ivan Provorov, Matt Niskanen

G Brian Elliott

For the Capitals:

LW Alex Ovechkin

C Evgeny Kuznetzov

RW Tom Wilson

Ds Brenden Dillon, John Carlson

G Braden Holtby

6:56 PM - March 4, 2020
6:56 PM - March 4, 2020

TV/radio details

The TV broadcast is a national one on NBCSN, Kenny Albert calls the play-by-play with analysts Eddie Olczyk in the booth and Brian Boucher rinkside. The local radio broadcast is on 97.5 The Fanatic as usual.

6:55 PM - March 4, 2020
6:55 PM - March 4, 2020

Pregame reading

— Brian Elliott starts for the Flyers in goal tonight instead of Carter Hart. Sam Carchidi explains why.

— Sam looks at the big implications for the standings of the matchup.

— The Flyers’ confidence is the highest it’s been all season, Sam writes.

— Flyers coach Alain Vigneault says home-ice advantage in the playoffs isn’t on the team’s mind yet.

6:50 PM - March 4, 2020
6:50 PM - March 4, 2020

Welcome

Good evening, folks. I’m Jonathan Tannenwald, live-blogging tonight as the surging Flyers play a huge game against the Capitals in Washington.

It’s a measuring-stick kind of matchup. The Flyers have won nine of their last 11 games, have risen to second place in the Metropolitan Division, and are now just three points back of the Caps in the standings.

I’m watching the game on TV with all of you, while my colleagues Sam Carchidi, Ed Barkowitz and Marcus Hayes are at the arena. Follow them on Twitter if you aren’t already.