Late rally falls short as slow-starting Flyers fall to Capitals, 5-3

Four nights earlier, the Flyers were playing their sixth game in nine days, and they faded over the last two periods in a loss to Washington. On Thursday, they were more rested, but it didn’t matter. They looked sleepy in the first 40 minutes, woke up and got third-period goals from Ivan Provorov (18:17 left) and Scott Laughton (9:15 left) to trim a 4-1 deficit to 4-3, but couldn’t get the equalizer. Washington got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Conor Sheary, John Carlson, and Nic Dowd (two) as it outlasted the Flyers, 5-3, at the Wells Fargo Center. Dowd’s second goal was an empty-netter. The Flye…

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