Holy Goaltending! Caps-Flyers in a duel…

January 06, 2009 | Drew Forrester

To borrow an age-old hockey phrase…the goaltenders “stood on their head” in the second period tonight at the Verizon Center.

Both Washington and Philadelphia had more scoring chances than the Orioles have had consecutive losing seasons…but Jose Theodore (Washington) was spectacular and Philly’s Martin Biron was, well, spectacular, too.

I’m talking phenomenal goaltending in the second period.  The game could easily be 4-3.

Washington still leads, 1-0, thanks to a Nicklas Backstrom goal early in the first period.  

Our trip to D.C. started off rather tense tonight when I boarded the puck bus in White Marsh and there were Flyers’ fans on the bus.

Flyers’ fans.  On a Caps hockey bus.

I couldn’t believe it.

Unlike Steelers’ fans, though, the folks in orange and black were actually decent people.

I still have an immense disdain for anything-Flyers, but we had a reasonable trip down 295 and traded good natured barbs.

Midway though the first period, they put up a neat video message, asking folks to text the answer to THIS question.

“What’s Philadelphia best known for?”

A) Rocky  —  B) Cheesesteaks  —   C) Obnoxious Flyers’ fans

80% of the folks in the building voted “C”.

I was quite surprised by that total.

I thought it would be more like 95%.