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The Washington Capitals fell to the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 2-1 at Capital One Arena on Saturday night. The loss put the Capitals into a tie for third in the Metropolitan Division with the Flyers (who have a game in hand on the Capitals) and one point behind the New York Rangers for second with each team having played 11 games this season. Goaltender Vitek Vanecek made 30 saves in the defeat.
Capitals’ Lineup vs. Flyers
Center Hendrix Lapierre replaced left-wing Anthony Mantha in the lineup after the 27-year-old underwent shoulder surgery on Friday. Mantha, who will be out for an indefinite timeframe, left the second period of the Capitals’ 5-4 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday and did not return. Center Aliaksei Protas was assigned to the AHL’s Hershey Bears before Saturday’s game.
Center Nicklas Backstrom (hip injury) missed his 11th straight game while right-wing T.J. Oshie (lower-body injury) missed his fourth.
The Capitals led 9-4 in blocked shots, 4-3 in takeaways, won 53% of the draws, and did not score on their lone power play of the first.
The Flyers led 12-6 in shots and 7-5 in hits through one period.
Each team was credited with two giveaways in the opening stanza.
Center Derick Brassard ripped one to the top right corner from the left dot over the glove of Vanecek after getting a feed from right-wing Cam Atkinson at the goal-line to break the ice at 11:18 into the second.
While fighting off a Capitals defender, center Sean Couturier stuffed in a rebound after defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen’s shot from the slot was stopped with the pad by Vanecek on the doorstep to extend the lead to two with 4:16 left.
The Capitals led 17-8 in blocked shots, 17-10 in hits, 5-4 in takeaways, and did not convert on two power plays through two periods.
The Flyers led 26-17 in shots (including 14-11 in the second), had three giveaways while the Capitals had six, failed to capitalize on their lone power play, and won 56% of the draws in the first 40 minutes.
Right-wing Brett Leason tapped the puck over the glove of Jones and in at the side of the net after center Connor McMichael entered the offensive zone with speed, got behind the goal-line, and flipped it back to him to cut the Flyers’ lead in half 6:02 into the third.
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The Capitals led 15-6 in third-period shots, 20-12 in blocked shots, 19-15 in hits, and did not convert on three power plays.
The Flyers led 7-6 in takeaways, had five giveaways while the Capitals had eight, failed to capitalize on one opportunity on the man advantage, and won 53% of the draws.
Each team tallied 32 shots.
Next game: Monday vs. Buffalo Sabres (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington)
By Harrison Brown