Flyers captain Peter Forsberg returns, then leaves against Capitals

Forsberg was in the starting lineup after missing four games. The 33-year-old centre found an adequate skate after working with foot experts at Temple University in Philadelphia and officials from a Canadian hockey equipment company.

Unfortunately, his presence in the lineup didn’t last long. He was removed from the game early in the second period and was not expected to return.

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Back from a three-day trip to Montreal, Forsberg delivered immediate results: He received an assist on a goal by Mike Knuble that staked the Flyers to a 1-0 lead at 3:31 of the first period.

Philadelphia was seeking to end a five-game losing streak – one short of the franchise record. The Flyers are 0-6-3 without Forsberg in the lineup.