Laughton and Giroux score, but Flyers fall 5-2 to Capitals for eighth loss in nine games

Updated: November 12, 2015 at 11:35 pm by Brady Trettenero

Claude Giroux and Scott Laughton got on the board for Philadelphia, but it wasn’t enough, as the Flyers dropped a 5-2 decision to the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night.

Jason Chimera scored a pair of power-play goals, while T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams and Nicklas Backstrom also scored for Washington, who got an 18-save performance from Braden Holtby.

Steve Mason returned to the crease for the Flyers, turning away 27 of 32 shots.

With the loss, Philadelphia falls to 1-6-2 in their last nine games.

The Flyers were outshot 30-20 on the night and have now been outscored 19-9 in the month of November thus far.

Scott Laughton opened the scoring for Philadelphia just 3:34 into the opening period.

Laughton took a pass from Chris VandeVelde in the slot before firing a shot that beat Holtby high. It was the 21-year-old’s third goal of the season and it gave the Flyers an early 1-0 lead not even five minutes into the game.

The Flyers were outplayed and outshot 11-4 in the opening period. T.J. Oshie tied the game off a great feed Evgeny Kuznetsov midway through the frame.

The Flyers had four power-play opportunities in the opening period, but failed to convert, leaving them in a 1-1 tie with the Capitals entering the second period.

Claude Giroux put the Flyers ahead 2-1 just 1:07 into the period, striking on a power play that had carried over from the previous period. Giroux took a pass from Wayne Simmonds on the sidewall, before walking in a beat Holtby down low with a precise shot that went off the post and into the goal.

The Capitals would go on to score three unanswered goals before the period expired, however, including two power-play tallies from Jason Chimera.

Ryan White attempted to spark the crowd 12:58 into he period, engaging in a spirited round of fisticuffs with Washington tough guy Michael Latta. Both players got in a few solid punches, before Latta eventually brought White to the ice.

Alex Ovechkin appeared to have set the record for most goals scored by a Russian in NHL history with a power-play blast at the end of the second period, but the goal was overturned. He remains tied with Hockey Hall of Fame member Sergei Fedorov at 483 goals.

Nicklas Backstrom scored the lone goal of the third period to give the Capitals an eventual 5-2 victory.

Key Stats/ Takeaways

  • Claude Giroux continues to thrive against Washington. He has now recorded 15 goals and 28 points in 25 career games against the Capitals
  • The Flyers have scored just 29 goals in 16 games this season. Only the Anaheim Ducks have scored less
  • Wayne Simmonds had a game-high six hits for the Flyers. He picked up an assist on the Giroux power-play tally
  • Jakub Voracek has now gone 16 straight games to open the season without scoring a goal. He’s stuck at just five assists on the year
  • The Flyers had one shot on three power-play chances in the first; they finished 1-for-4 with the man-advantage

The Highlight Reel

(The best Flyers GIFS from the game)

Scott Laughton opens the scoring


Ryan White rocks Jason Chimera


ryan white

Claude Giroux picks the corner


Ryan White after his fight


Ovechkin goal overturned

Bryz letting Ovie’s family know that goal isn’t gonna count



(The best tweets sent out during the game)


Scott Laughton opens the scoring!

Power-Play probs

Claude Giroux gives the Flyers the lead again!

…And the lead is gone

It’s another loss

Can he play forward?

Capture This

(The best photos from the game)

MASE returns

return of mase

Laughton on the board

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)


You okay, Brayden?

schenn is stuck

Claude Giroux strikes on the power play


The two captains

just chatting

Nasty scrap

white scarap

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