The Capitals went into Philadelphia on the back half of a back-to-back and faced a Flyers team just now hosting their home opener for the 2017-18 season. The extra jump the Flyers got from both of those things were too much for Philipp Grubauer and the Caps.
Sean Couturier put the Flyers on the board early, slamming home his own rebound after an odd man break. Jakub Vrana quickly knotted things back up at one, but that wouldn’t last long, as Grubauer took a risk and Scott Laughton made him pay for it. 2-1 Philadelphia after twenty minutes.
Wayne Simmonds struck on the power play and Claude Giroux deflected another past Grubauer as the lead bulged to three. Nicklas Backstrom scored immediately on a breakaway after the Giroux tally to trim the lead, but Valterri Filppula restored the three goal lead minutes later. 5-2 orange guys.
Laughton would strike again after more sloppy neutral zone play. Couturier would do the same. Giroux would add another.
Flyers beat Caps 8-2.