Highlights: Capitals 6, Flyers 3
Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 6-3 preseason win over the Philadelphia Flyers Friday night at Verizon Center:
Game in a nutshell: Eric Fehr scored his team-high fourth and fifth goals of the season and Alex Ovechkin netted a pair of power-play goals, leading the Caps to their second straight preseason win. Tom Wilson also had a goal and a fight for the Caps in his bid to be in the starting lineup Tuesday night in Chicago. Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds scored for the Flyers, who fell to 1-5-1 in the preseason
They don’t mean anything, but…: With one game remaining, the Caps improved to 4-0-3 in the exhibition season. Center Mikhail Grabovski had a sweet assist on Wilson’s second-period goal and leads the Caps with six assists in three games. Mathieiu Perreault picked up an empty-net goal and a pair of assists and defenseman Connor Carrick added three assists.
Getaway game: All four of Ovechkin’s goals in the preseason have come on the power play, which is looking just as lethal as it did last season when it led the NHL. Ovechkin showered after the game and was whisked to DullesInternationalAirport, the start of a 48-hour excursion to Greece for the lighting of the Olympic torch in Olympia. Ovechkin is scheduled to be back in D.C. Sunday night at 9:17 p.m.
Suspendable hit?: Flyers pest Zac Rinaldo received a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for elbowing Grabovski in the nose midway through the first period. Replays showed that Rinaldo briefly left his skates, but it is the point of contact – elbow to the face — that could get him into trouble with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. As for Grabovski, he suffered a bloody nose but was on the ensuing power play, which resulted in a goal by Ovechkin.
Drop ‘em: The Caps had 16 fighting majors all of last season. They had five against the Flyers Friday night, bumping their preseason total to 17.
Five-minute meltdown: The Caps allowed three second-period goals in a span of less than 5 minutes to see their 3-0 lead evaporate. Defenseman Dmitry Orlov came out of the period with a team-worst minus-2.
Look ahead: The Caps will conclude their eight-game preseason Saturday night in Chicago against the Blackhawks [8 p.m.]. They’ll be given the day off on Sunday, then hit the ice for their final practice of training camp on Monday. They open the season for real Tuesday night in Chicago [8 p.m., CSN].