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...