For many players on the Flyers roster on Wednesday night, this was their first action of the preseason. It certainly showed at times.

Shades of last season were on display in a two-goal second period for the Washington Capitals, who never looked back, handing the Flyers a 3-1 loss at Wells Fargo Center.

Shots were limited in the opening 20 minutes. The Flyers finished the period with seven, their best chance coming on a partial breakaway for Wade Allison. The Capitals had just five shots, three of which came in the final three minutes of the period.

The Capitals finally broke through in the second period for a pair of goals. Off a failed clear, Connor Brown got control of the puck in the slot and fired a shot blocker-side on Felix Sandstrom to make it 1-0 at 4:23.

On the power play at 7:42, the Capitals added to the lead with another goal. This time, Dylan Strome unleashed a one-timer from the right circle.

The Capitals out-shot the Flyers, 10-6, in the second period. Sandstrom exited after two periods making 13 saves on 15 shots. Charlie Lindgren stopped all 13 shots he faced for the Capitals.

The Flyers killed off an early penalty in the third, then got a goal to cut the lead to one. Allison created a turnover along the boards, allowing Owen Tippett to take over and start a two-on-one. Tippett set up Kevin Hayes for a one-timer to make it 2-1 at 3:34.

But the Capitals were able to ice it with 3:40 to play. A turnover at the Washington blue line by Rasmus Ristolainen bounced out to center ice and allowed a 2-on-0 breakaway. Brown and Strome played catch with Strome finishing for his second goal of the game.

Samuel Ersson came on in relief for the third period and stopped 11 of 12 shots. Zach Fucale stopped seven of eight shots in relief for the Capitals.

The Flyers return to the ice for their next preseason game on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. on the road against the Boston Bruins.

Box Score


Scoring Summary

1st Period

  • No Scoring

2nd Period

  • WSH Connor Brown (1) (Bobby Nardella) 4:23
  • WSH Dylan Strome (1) PP (Nardella, Marcus Johansson) 7:42

3rd Period

  • PHI Kevin Hayes (1) (Owen Tippett) 3:34
  • WSH Strome (2) (Brown) 16:20

Game Statistics

Power Plays1/30/1
Faceoff %44.7%55.3%
Blocked Shots1112
Penalty Minutes26

Kevin Durso is Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN and Flyers editor for Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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