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

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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.

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.

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