Capitals Beat Flyers, 5-3, in Preseason Finale; Ovechkin Leaves With Lower-Body Injury

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The Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 5-3 in Friday’s preseason finale at Capital One Arena. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov made 22 saves in the victory.

Lines and Pairs

Ovechkin — Kuznetsov — Wilson

Mantha — Eller — Sprong

Sheary — Lapierre — Oshie

Malenstyn — Dowd — Hathaway

Fehervary — Carlson

Orlov — Jensen

Kempny — Schultz


Scratches: Center Connor McMichael, forward Carl Hagelin, defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk

First Period 

Midway into the first frame, captain Alex Ovechkin limped off the ice and headed down the tunnel following a hit on Flyers forward Travis Konecny.

Center Lars Eller (1) opened the scoring at the 11:11 mark, giving the Capitals a 1-0 lead.

The Capitals announced during first intermission that Ovechkin (lower-body) would not return for the remainder of the game.

Quick Stats

SOG: 12-6 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 65% (Flyers), 35% (Capitals)

Hits: 7-6 Capitals

Second Period

Defenseman John Carlson (3) extended the Capitals’ lead 2-0 at the 4:54 mark. Fellow blueliner Martin Fehervary (2) and center Evgeny Kuznetsov (3) assisted.

The Flyers would get on the board thanks to captain Claude Giroux, who made it a 2-1 game at the 9:52 into the middle frame. Forward Cam Atkinson tied it up, 2-2, at the 10:41 mark following a Carlson turnover and 2-on-1 rush.

After a Kuznetsov turnover, Atkinson gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead with less than two minutes left in the second.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 22-20 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 66% (Flyers), 34% (Capitals)

Total Hits: 14-14

Third Period

Forward Tom Wilson (2) converted on a power-play and tied the game at 3-3 at the 2:27 mark. Defenseman Justin Schultz (2) and forward Anthony Mantha (2) had the helpers.

Sixteen seconds later, forward Daniel Sprong would score, but after review, it was called for offsides.

Mantha (2) would help the Capitals regain the lead, 4-3, just over four minutes in. Forward Conor Sheary (1) assisted.

With less than a minute to go, center Nic Dowd (1) would seal the deal with an empty-net goal, giving a final score of 5-3 and a Capitals victory.

Quick Stats

Total SOG: 33-25 Capitals

Face-Off Win %: 66% (Flyers), 34% (Capitals)

Total Hits: 22-21 Capitals

The Capitals swing into full gear Wednesday night, hosting the New York Rangers in the highly-anticipated regular-season opener at Capital One Arena. TNT will have the coverage starting at 7:30 PM ET.

By Della Young

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Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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11 Responses to Capitals Beat Flyers, 5-3, in Preseason Finale; Ovechkin Leaves With Lower-Body Injury

  1. Anonymous says:

    Both Malenstyn and Fev made incredible reasons to keep them in the lineup tonight.
    I love Carl Hagelin, Becks got to be his backup.
    And Kempny has been getting better- but it’s still not good enough. Feharvary has locked his spot in stone for me, and so has TVR. They are better than Kempny. And obviously orlov is too. Kempny needs another season of conditioning in the AHL.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    • Kevin says:

      Any word on why McMichael was scratched?

      • Jon Sorensen says:

        Is was a planned scratch. He and Lapierre split the last two games.

        • Anonymous says:

          I think its because they plan to keep Lapp in the NHL. Maybe not play him every night, maybe bring Connor up and down the roster to play some nights, but Lapp has shown us he’s faaaar to good for the junior leagues. Even if he’s not playing every game in the NHL, professional NHL practices are going to do so much more for him that games in the Q.

          • Anonymous says:

            He cooled off once he started facing NHL players. The first couple of games were mostly against young prospects and AHL players. He’ll stay up for a few games, but less than 10. Caps don’t want to burn first year of his contract.

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