Capitals Fall 3-1 In Philadelphia, Drop To 0-2-1 In Preseason

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The Washington Capitals fell to the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 3-1 at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night to fall to 0-2-1 in the 2021-22 NHL preseason. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov played the entire game, making 28 saves.

Capitals’ Lines at Flyers

Carl Hagelin — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway
Anthony Mantha — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Brett Leason
Conor Sheary — Aliaksei Protas — Garrett Pilon
Axel Jonsson-Fjallby — Michael Sgarbossa — Joe Snively

Michal Kempny — Trevor van Riemsdyk
Tobias Geisser — Justin Schultz
Martin Fehervary — Nick Jensen

Samsonov
Pheonix Copley

First Period

Protas slid one past the glove of Flyers goaltender Martin Jones 3:18 in after Van Riemsdyk’s point shot was blocked through traffic on the power-play and went right to Protas to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead.

Right-wing Claude Giroux blasted one past the glove of Samsonov from the left dot after defenseman Keith Yandle kept the puck in at the blueline on the power play at 5:41 and center Sean Couturier fed Giroux across.

The Capitals led 2-1 in takeaways, 6-4 in blocked shots, and scored on their lone power play of the first.

The Flyers led 14-8 in shots, 14-4 in hits, won 56% of the draws, went one-for-three on the power play, and did not have any giveaways while the Capitals had two through 20 minutes.

Second Period

The Capitals led 10-8 in blocked shots and scored on half of their two power plays in the first two periods.

The Flyers led 24-17 in shots, including 10-9 in the second, 20-11 in hits, had four giveaways while the Capitals had five, won 58% of the draws, and scored on one of three opportunities on the man advantage through 40 minutes.

Each team recorded two takeaways through two.

Third Period

Right-wing Cam Atkinson finished one into a wide open net from the crease after left-wing Oskar Lindblom got Samsonov out of the cage and fed him at the other side of the blue paint to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead two minutes into the third.

Center Scott Laughton opened up the five-hole of Samsonov and backhanded one smoothly through it after getting fed by right-wing Nicolas Aube-Kubel, who won a battle along the half-wall and got to center ice before hitting Laughton up, to extend the lead to 3-1 with 3:04 to go.

The Capitals led 12-11 in blocked shots, 3-2 in takeaways, and had five giveaways while the Flyers had six.

The Flyers led 31-22 in shots, including 7-5 in the third, 23-18 in hits, had four giveaways while the Capitals had five, won 64% of the draws, and scored on one of three opportunities on the man advantage.

Each team converted on one of three power plays.

Practice Shootout

Atkinson (PHI): stopped

Kuznetsov (WSH): hit crossbar

RW Travis Konecny: missed

Mantha: stopped

D Ivan Provorov: stopped

Dowd: stopped

Lindblom: stopped

Sgarbossa: hit post

C Morgan Frost: scored

Trevor Van Riemsdyk: scored

D Ryan Ellis: missed

Sheary: missed

LW Joel Farabee: stopped

Protas: stopped

Laughton: stopped

Schultz: missed

James Van Riemsdyk: stopped

Snively: scored

Next game: at New Jersey Devils on Monday (7 PM ET, not televised)

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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