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Chris Pronger

Vokoun, Capitals routed by Flyers, 5-1

If the Washington Capitals' meeting with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night truly represented a measuring stick of their progress under coach Dale Hunter, as players billed it in the hours leading up to the game, then they came up far short. Washington fell, 5-1, at Verizon Center in a game in which its offense fell dormant for stretches, the defensive zone coverage eroded and the goaltending allowed soft goals. The Capitals are 3-4 under Hunter and have lost six of their past nine. Conversely, the Flyers squad that sent a firm reminder of the work that remains for Washington stands atop the Eastern Conference, has won six straight and eight of its past nine outings. ...