National Hockey League roundup: Neuvirth, Flyers stun Capitals

Philadelphia Flyers: Pressure Lifted

They know this season wasn't supposed to result in a playoff berth, that their team was outmanned in this series, and that the future for the organization is promising.

The pressure is now on the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals, who led the series 3-0 before Neuvirth replaced Steve Mason in goal for Philadelphia. He stopped a flurry of shots, including a point-blank one-timer from Justin Williams - late in the first period and skated off the ice to a thunderous standing ovation.

The Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 1-0, April 24, to clinch a ticket out of the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs.

Now, after finishing off a playoff series in fewer than the full seven games for the first time since 2011, Washington will turn its sights to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who knocked the New York Rangers, the longtime Capitals playoff foil, out in the first round on Saturday. And even in that 6-1 loss, he was victimized by five power-play goals. "Obviously they did a heck of a job I thought, but just execution on our part and getting pucks cleared and snapping them off. We didn't take any bad penalties, and we stuck to our system and big win for us".

The Flyers handed out orange T-shirts Sunday with the image of public-address announcer Lou Nolan and the words "Stay Classy Philly".

Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals plan to keep rolling along against the Flyers despite an injury scare in practice.

Winger Wayne Simmonds said he expected the Caps to try to get physical with Neuvirth in an attempt to throw him off his game Sunday. "Doesn't matter how they go in". The schedule for the series has not yet been released, but the Capitals will host the first two games of the series, as well as the fifth and seventh games if necessary.

The pucks came at Michal Neuvirth from every angle all game long. I thought tonight we played excellent. "You see all these shots that he makes, he sees everything". Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he was not concerned about Orpik's availability going forward, noting that Orpik exercised in practice Friday.... There's no arguing the Capitals were the better team. They managed just one more before the horn sounded to end the period.

"I don't think we need to change anything than what we've been doing, and that's playing hard and consistent", Alzner said. People are calling for supplemental discipline against Bellemare, who has never done anything like this in his career.

Game 6 is noon Sunday at Wells Fargo Center.

Game 6 today will be big.

"If we don't get through that, this building probably explodes", Trotz said.

And they barely made Holtby work.

Relying on Neuvirth to withstand onslaught after onslaught is not the Flyers' plan moving forward, but there is some history to that in Washington. It was the Flyers second straight win after falling behind in the series 3-0. Chris VandeVelde added an empty-netter in the final minute.

At the opening faceoff, Oshie and the Flyers' Brayden Schenn dropped the gloves and had a spirited scrap. He responded with two fantastic outings, highlighted by his 44-save effort in Game 5's shutout win.

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