The Flyers’ rookies were completely outmatched by the steady Washington group at the Kettler Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia, Thursday afternoon in a friendly rookie scrimmage. Washington’s Travis Morin netted two goals and starting goalie Simeon Varlamov was outstanding as the Flyers were embarrassed by Washington 7-0. The Flyers were unable to apply any sustained pressure on offense and impotent at stopping a consistent Capitals’ attack.
The Capitals scored five power play goals as the sloppy Flyers made mistake and mistake. In goal for the Flyers, Jacob Deserres had a solid outing but backup Jeremy Duschesne looked as average as ever. Defense for the flyers, Chris Zarb had a game to forget, by turning the puck over all game long in his own zone. Luca Sbisa manned the power play that was unsuccessful, but the newly drafted Swiss player looked smooth and confident. At forward, Ned Lukacevic and Jon Matsumoto had solid games, but the finish was just not there. Joosh Beaulieu, Zac Rinaldo and Jon Kalinski all dropped the gloves and fared well.
*Flyers start Jacob Deserres in goal, Caps start Russian backstop Simeon Varlamov
*Steve Downie, Claude Giroux and Ryan Parent are not in the line up
* Flyers rookies come out physical.
* Sloppy start by both teams
*Caps score on 4-on-3 power play – Travis Morin. (1-0 Caps)
*Flyers’ Rob Bellamy goes coast-to-coast but stuffed on the breakaway by Varlamov
* Flyers’ Ned Lukacevic dishes the puck to Mike Ratchuk, who rang the wrister off the post
* Some pushing and shoving between Chris Zarb and a Caps player
*Zarb looks impressive in offensive zone. Flyers can’t get much going because of penalties. Five thus far.
*Francois Bouchard scores on power play (2-0) Caps. Francois is the younger brother of Minnesota Wild star Pierre-Marc Bouchard.
*David Laliberte, with a wide open net, was robbed by Varlamov’s glove on the power play.
*End of period one – score Capitals 2, Flyers 0. Caps went 2-5 on the power play.
*Caps replace Varlamov with Braden Holtby
*Flyers winning offensive face offs, starting to put pressure on Holtby
*Flyers’ enforcer Matt Clackson sees his first post-whistle scrum. He stayed well behaved.
*Zarb turning the puck over in his own zone causes momentum shift. More pushing and shoving after play.
*Deserres having a solid outing. The best Pker for the Flyers.
*Flyers unable to keep sustained pressure, Caps defense giving very little time and space.
*Steve Pinazatto scored on the power play from Josh Godfrey. Pinazatto’s second point of the day. (3-0) Caps
*Flyers’ Josh Beaulieu fights big Victor Dovgan. Beaulieu gets jump, Dovgan comes back and wrestles Beaulieu to the ground.
*Caps get eighth power play of game
*Travis Morin scores on power play. His second goal of the game, and the Caps fourth power play goal of the game. (4-0) Caps
End of second period, Capitals 4, Flyers 0.
*Michael Neuvirth replaces Holtby as Caps goalie. Jeremy Duchesne replaces Deserres for the Flyers.
*Bouchard can fly. He split two defenders in the Flyers’ zone but lost control of the puck
*Zarb turns puck over again in own zone. Maxime Lacroix snags it and puts it top shelf for the Caps. (5-0) Caps.
*Flyers’ Luca Sbisa looks smooth manning the power play
*Capitals’ Justin Taylor takes pass off boards and beats Duchesne five hole. (6-0) Caps
*Capitals Matheau Perrault NHL 09′ dekes the Flyers defense, spliting them and scoring. (7-0) Caps
*Kalinski runs Neuvirth, Caps’ John Carlson fights Kalinski and goes down fast.
*Oskar Osala and Zac Rinaldo drop the gloves, Rinaldo drops Osala. Rinaldo is initially walked off the ice, but brought back.
*Ovechkin, Semin and Mike Green shown watching the game from the glass
*Caps’ Jay Beagle taken down on a breakaway by Patrick Maroon. Penalty shot saved by Duchesne.
End of game. Caps win 7-0.