The preseason results may not mean anything in the grand scheme of things, but by the time the preseason finale you start to see the roster who will likely start the season and hope to see consistency build up. The Circulars had a few moments in the preseason finale, but still showed there was a lot to work on before the regular season began.
The Flyers suffered a 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals in the preseason final on Friday night, finishing 2-3-1 in the preseason.
The Flyers controlled most of the possession game early in the game, with shots rare. Shortly after the middle of the first period, the Capitals got an extended gap in the attacking zone and took advantage of it.
The Flyers failed to clear, and with the puck in front of the net, Keith yandle turned it over and Lars Eller was able to draw it into the net out of reach of Justin braun and Martin jones to make Washington 1-0.
It was the only count of the first period, as the Capitals took a 12-6 lead in shots before the break.
At the start of the second, Washington kept the pressure on and made it another goal. During a face-to-face meeting, John carlson got the puck in the left circle and picked his spot, making it 2-0 for the Capitals at 4:54.
The Flyers finally got on the board just before the regulation midpoint. A dominant change in the top line ended with Claude giroux scoring ahead to make it 2-1 at 9:25.
A little over a minute later, Cam Atkinson tied the game, picking his spot with a shot after stealing the puck at the Flyers’ blue line to make it 2-2.
Atkinson was not finished, as he again scored another turnaround at the end of the period. A passage next to it Evgeny Kuznetsov was left in an open space for Atkinson to take control. Atkinson fired a slap that hit Dmitry Orlov and agitated by Ilya Samsonov to bring the score to 3-2 with 1:40 to go in the period.
In two periods, the Capitals had a 22-20 shooting lead.
The Capitals got things started early in the third. They got their first power play of the game and did it quickly, because Tom wilson banked on the endboards and scored at 2:27 to tie the game three-way.
Barely 16 seconds later, Daniel srong scored, but an offside review reduced the goal and tied the game.
The tie was short lived again, as the Capitals struck two-on-one again at 4:02. Conor Sheary led the rush after a Ryan ellis shot was blocked and fed Anthony mantha for the shot on reception and the goal of making it 4-3 in Washington.
The rest of the period was marked by a lot of physical play and passionate rallying, as both teams had power play chances. In the last minute, Washington froze the game with a goal in the empty net of Nic dowd.
Samsonov finished with 22 saves on 25 shots. Jones made 28 saves on 32 shots in the loss.
Alex Ovechkin also left the game in the first half with an apparent injury. He has not returned and will be reassessed over the weekend.
The next step for the Flyers is the season opener next Friday night at home against the Vancouver Canucks at 7 p.m.
The score of the box
- WSH Lars Eller (1) (unassisted) 11:11
- WSH John Carlson (3) (Martin Fehervary, Evgeny Kuznetsov) 4:54
- PHI Claude Giroux (2) (Sean Couturier) 9:25
- PHI Cam Atkinson (2) (unassisted) 10:41
- PHI Atkinson (3) (unassisted) 18:20
- WSH Tom Wilson (2) PP (Justin Schultz, Kuznetsov) 2:27
- WSH Anthony Mantha (2) (Conor Sheary) 4:02
- WSH Nic Dowd (1) FR (Eller) 19:03
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Kevin Durso is a Flyers Insider for 97.3 ESPN and Flyers Editor for SportsTalkPhilly.com. Follow him on twitter @Kevin_Durso.