Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said that his team was confident and he was happy with its plays -- and that no lineup changes were needed for Game 3 on Monday night against visiting Washington.
The Capitals lead the series, two games to none. They have dominated special teams, outscoring the Flyers, 3-0, on power plays.
"The biggest thing for us is not to deviate too much from what we're doing," Hakstol said. "We're playing pretty well. It's been a tight series, so there's no major changes we want to make. It's the little things. Obviously their goaltender has been very good. So what do you do to try to change that? Get a little more traffic. Try to find a way to find a rebound around the top of the crease. All the little things."
Hakstol had the option of playing 6-foot-2, 220-pound right winger Colin McDonald, who was promoted from the Phantoms on Sunday. The Flyers have been pushed around a bit by Washington in the first two games of the opening-round playoff series.
"He's had an outstanding year, leadership-wise, and with his play," Hakstol said. "He's a nice addition, and he'll be ready to go when called upon."
Winger Matt Read had been among the candidates to sit. The 5-10, 185-pound. Read is goal-less in his last 18 games, including the first two in the playoffs.
McDonald, 31, was the Phantoms' captain this season, and he had 14 goals in 51 AHL games; he also had a goal in five games with the Flyers earlier this season.
In eight career playoff games with the New York Islanders, McDonald had two goals and three points. He played in Games 6 and 7 last year against the Capitals and spent some time defending Alex Ovechkin.
Mason in net
Hakstol said it was an "easy decision" to go back to goalie Steve Mason on Monday. Mason allowed a 101-foot goal in Saturday's 4-1 loss, but he carried the Flyers into the playoffs and was brilliant in Game 1.
"He's a huge part of why we're playing in the playoffs,' Hakstol said.
Before the game, a video tribute will be shown on Ed Snider, the team's chairman and co-founder who died last Monday at 83 after a two-year battle with bladder cancer.
"You have to embrace those emotions and that energy; harness it and have a great start to this hockey game," Hakstol said.
Hakstol said his players had a special bond with Snider.
"There's a good number of players in our locker room who have known Mr. Snider for many years, and during that time have developed a very close relationship with him," Hakstol said.
Snider's initials -- EMS -- were painted on the ice behind the net. A banner hanging outside the Wells Fargo has a photo of Snider superimposed on the Flyers' logo. Beneath it, it has his signature and the words "A FLYER FOREVER."
Based on their morning skate, the Caps will not make any lineup changes. ... Michal Neuvirth said he told Mason to forget about his gaffe, "but I didn't want to keep bringing it up" because Mason felt bad enough. ... Wayne Simmonds: "Every game is a must win."