|Gagne scores in his first game back|
The Flyers finally played a full 60 minutes tonight as they controlled the game right out of the gates. Claude Giroux scored 23 seconds into the contest giving the Flyers a lead that they would never relinquish.
Several members of the Flyers organization, including Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen and coach Peter Laviolette all mentioned after the loss to Toronto, that the team needs to play a full 60 minute game. So the team had off practice yesterday to watch video to fix the problem.
And the Flyers responded beautifully. Philadelphia started the game with a bang scoring 2 goals in the first 4:04 minutes giving themselves immediate control. Giroux contributed with his early goal, and then tacked on an assist on Wayne Simmonds tally on the PowerPlay.
The 2nd period was a near perfect one for Philadelphia. They continued their strong play outshooting the Capitals 12-3 while outscoring them 2-0.
Gagne's first goal in 2nd stint as a Flyer
|Simmonds scored his 8th of the season|
Washington, despite being in 14th place had played much better hockey of late winning 5 of their last 8 games. So the Flyers faced a hot team, and they were up for the challenge.
Ilya Bryzgalov played well even though he didn't see a lot of rubber. He stopped 23 of 24 shots just barely missing the shutout. The Capitals forward Joel Ward scored with just over 2 minutes left in the game ending the shutout.
Despite the late goal, the Flyers gave a full team effort and played a full 60 minutes. Now they just need to play like this on a more consistent basis as they will try to string together a few wins in this upcoming week.
Flyers improve to 10-11-1 on the season and will have a 7th chance to pull to .500 on Saturday against the Senators.
- In Gagne's first game as a Flyer this season he scored a goal, took 4 shots, 2 hits in 16:00 minutes.
- Simon Gagne's goal tonight was his first of the season. He played 11 games with the Kings before being traded to the Flyers for a conditional 4th round pick.
- Jake Voracek failed to register a point tonight ending his 6 game point streak.
- Giroux, however kept his streak alive and extended it to 6 games.
- Giroux has 12 points during his 6 game streak.
- Luke Schenn had a team high 5 shots, 6 hits in 24:36 minutes, his season high for a regulation game.
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The Flyers finish their 5-game home stand Saturday afternoon when they host the Ottawa Senators.