Jeff Carter didn't waste much time getting the Flyers on board early. He accelerated up the right side, went behind the net, and wrapped it around on the left side as goalie Michal Neuvirth stood flat-footed. It was a horrendous lapse on the entire team's part and it led to another early deficit. The goal, Carter's 20th, happened just a minute and a half in the game, and prompted D.J. King to stick his nose in to fight Jody Shelley.
The Caps were forced to go shorthanded with five minutes left in the period after David Steckel was called for hooking, but were able to hold the Flyers down with no shots on goal, though they did get an excellent chance immediately after the power play ended.
The Capitals nearly had a power play of their own with 2:36 left in the period, but the referees missed a high sticking call that caused Alex Ovechkin to hit the ice. Later, Neuvirth stoned Villie Leino's wrist shot in the slot to maintain the deficit.
Still, the Capitals must pick it up if they want to win on the road against the East's best team.