—Game three of the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers will perhaps be more remember for the bracelets that landed on the ice than for the crushing 6-1 defeat the Caps landed on the Flyers.
In under a minute, the Flyers kicked off the game with a goal from Michael Raffl. For Philadelphia, this would be the first and only goal for them.
The Capitals took over from here and continued to control the match. Marcus Johansson tied it up in the first period and Alex Ovechkin put the Capitols ahead in the second period. It was during the third period that the Flyers defense truly fell apart with goals from Washington’s Kuznetsov, Carlson, Ovechkin, and Beagle.
While the Capitals were ahead 4-1, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on the Flyers delivered an illegal hit on the Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov. This resulted in a fight between both squads and penalties for Bellemare, Radko Gudas, and Ryan White. Dmitry Orlov made it to the bench on his own, but will not be playing in the next match. After chaos settled on the ice, it ensued in the stands. Fans proceeded to throw glow in the dark bracelets onto the ice soon after Washington pulled ahead 5-1. The bracelets were game day giveaways.
Incidentally, the Flyers have decided not to give away bracelets for Game 4.
Despite warnings from Philadelphia public address announcer Lou Nolan, fans continued to hurl the bracelets onto the ice. This resulted in a delay of game penalty against the Flyers.
“Flyers fans are the best in sports. However, last night, a number of individuals behaved in an unacceptable manner. Fans have the right to voice their displeasure vocally or by not watching or attending games, but when displeasure is expressed in a way that embarrasses or endangers others, it cannot be condoned or tolerated. As an organization, and on behalf of the overwhelming majority of Flyers’ fans who express their passion in a positive manner, we wish to express our sincere regret,” the team said in a statement released Tuesday.
The Capitals can win the series Wednesday night at 7 pm ET at the Wells Fargo Center with a commanding 3-0 series lead.