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Scott Laughton exits on stretcher after hit sends him into boards

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But at least they avoided the embarrassment of ending their season by getting swept out of the playoffs.

The Flyers led 1-0 in Game 4 at the time of the injury.

Neuvirth was sensational in the third after T.J. Oshie had scored early in the period to make it 2-1. Mason played well in Game 1, but struggled the last two games, allowing 10 goals on 50 shots (.800 save percentage).

Capitals coach Barry Trotz said he didn’t believe there was any intent to injure on the play. Holtby’s pretty calm back there. Now we got to go on the road and to their building, we got to win a hockey game.

It’s on to a second attempt at clinching, and the Capitals know a 3-1 lead is far from safe after dropping the last three games of their conference semifinal series with the New York Rangers last season. The team finally has a pulse after three straight losses, all of which just about the same way.

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Jason Spezza scored a goal and assisted on another in the second period as Dallas rallied twice to beat Minnesota and taking a commanding 3-1 lead in their first round playoff series. Oshie scored the lone goal for the Capitals. “Nowadays, you’ve got to be extra careful, so [head athletic trainer Greg Smith] just said, ‘Go back, and get checked out.’ But I feel good and should be good to go”. He was upended by Washington’s John Carlson near the Caps’ goal and crashed violently into the end boards at 16:11 of the first period, then lay motionless for several minutes.

NOTES: Flyers LW Pierre-Edouard Bellemare served a one-game suspension for hitting Washington D Dmitry Orlov from behind in the third period of Game 3. The Flyers said he was taken to Jefferson Hospital for precautionary reasons.

The good news is that all tests on Laughton were negative and he should be released sometime Thursday morning.

“It’s tough to talk about”. “It’s never a sight you want to see”.

Can the Capitals keep it together and win one more game? “He told me the Flyers were interested in him. I’m sure he’ll be fine tonight”. The Flyers went the final 17:46 without a shot on net in the offensive zone.

The Flyers’ other goal also came on a one-timer from a defenseman.

Andrew MacDonald, early in the second, scored on another point shot. A few minutes later the Flyers end up on the power play and Ghost sent another laser from the point and secondary to a screen from Simmonds he finds the back of the net and the Flyers lead 1-0.

There will be a Game 5 on Friday in the nation’s capital, after all. They proved that they will compete despite losing two players to upper body injuries.

“I saw kind of when he was battling with Carlson there”, Holtby said. “I mean, it’s just the playoffs”. I was enjoying the game. “The guys did such a good job in front of me and I was finding my rhythm”. Obviously we can’t look big picture.

With their season on the brink of extinction, the Flyers desperately needed to set the tone Wednesday and Gostisbehere’s goal did just that. In Game 3, the game was still up for grabs entering the third period.

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