WASHINGTON — This is not how the Flyers wanted to break away from the preseason — with numerous defensive breakdowns in a 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center on Friday night.
With the defeat, the Flyers ended their exhibition schedule with a 1-5-1 record.
“It’s good to get it out of the way,” said captain Claude Giroux, referring to the poor record. “Hopefully the guys will get a little ticked off about this record and start playing Wednesday.”
The Flyers open the regular season Wednesday against visiting Toronto.
During the preseason, “there were some good things we saw, there were some things we need to work on,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “We’ll get there. We’ve got three good practices coming up this week.”
“If you’re going to get some of the kinks out, this is the best time to do it,” losing goalie Ray Emery said. “…Even by making mistakes, you’re still learning.”
Alex Ovechkin and Eric Fehr each scored twice for the Caps. (See story.)
Laughton update. Rookie center Scott Laughton, battling for a roster spot, wasn’t happy with his performance.
“I didn’t play the way I wanted to, and it’s pretty frustrating,” he said.
Laviolette wasn’t as critical.
“There were a couple of times he was a little jumpy with the puck, but for the most part, over the course of the last two games, I thought he played pretty well,” Laviolette said. “I thought he was probably one of our best players” in Thursday’s loss to New Jersey.
Goalie battle. Emery and Steve Mason had uneven training camps, and Laviolette made it sound as if he was still undecided about his starter for Wednesday’s regular-season opener.
"I think they both had their moments where they played well.” he said. “I think we’ll continue to look at it through practice here.”
Offensive woes. The Flyers scored just a total of 15 goals in their seven preseason games.
“I think that’s something that will come,” said forward Adam Hall, who was in two of the game's five fights. “We’ll get more consistent as we round out our game, as we play our system and execute our system more consistently. The way we play defense contributes to offense and vice versa. Consistency is what we strive for.”
Breakaways. Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds scored for the Flyers in a 4:45 second-period span to erase a 3-0 deficit……The Flyers scored 15 goals in the preseason _ by 15 players…..Luke Schenn had nine hits and Simmonds had six….The Flyers outhit the Caps, 38-25, and won 59 percent of the face-offs….Hartnell had a team-high six shots on goal….On the PP, the Caps were 2 for 5, the Flyers were 1 for 5…..Jake Voracek (back) missed the game but will play Wednesday, Holmgren said.....Flyers are off Saturday and will return to the ice Sunday in Voorhees at noon...Zac Rinaldo escaped further discipline from the NHL for an elbowing penalty..
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