Joffrey Lupul, Flyers hand Capitals first pre-season loss, 2-1

PHILADELPHIA – Joffrey Lupul had a goal and an assist and the Philadelphia Flyers handed the Washington Capitals their first pre-season defeat, 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Glen Metropolit scored for the Flyers (4-2-0), who lost to Pittsburgh in five games in the Eastern Conference final last season.

Nicklas Backstrom scored for the Capitals (4-1-0), who are still enjoying their best pre-season since 1999 when they went 5-2-0.

Washington, which has never finished a pre-season unbeaten, has two games remaining, both at home, against the Flyers and Boston Bruins.

Philadelphia’s Martin Biron had 19 saves and thwarted the Capitals on eight power plays.

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Washington’s Brent Johnson, who figures to back up Jose Theodore this season, stopped 22 shots.

Metropolit, who played for Boston last season, scored from the slot after taking a pass from Lupol to put the Flyers ahead at 6:49 of the second period.

Lupul made it 2-0 when he flipped in a shot from the right circle on a power play at 2:19 of the third period.

Backstrom scored an unassisted goal at 14:19 of the third.

Philadelphia forward Steve Downie was injured in a fight with Jay Beagle of the Capitals late in the second period and did not return.