Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Giroux returns as Flyers beat Rangers

Philadelphia, PA --  Matt  Read added a marker  and two helpers as  the Philadelphia Flyers welcomed back their captain by doubling up the Rangers,  4-2, in preseason action on Tuesday night.

Nicklas  Grossmann and Sean Couturier also tallied for the Flyers, who dropped a  6-3 decision in Manhattan on Monday in the opener of the home-and-home set.  Mark Streit added a pair of helpers for the victorious hosts.

Wayne Simmonds posted a goal and assist,  while Ray Emery stopped 24-of-26 shots for the win, the Flyers' third in three tries on home ice.

Giroux  participated  in  his  first  preseason  game following  a lower-body injury, posting two shots on goal in almost 17 minutes of ice time.

He didn't get to see much of the third period due to the Orange and Black taking four penalties in a span of just over four minutes in the middle part of the stanza, but appeared not to be laboring except for one camera shot in the second period where he hunched over at center ice.

Carl  Hagelin scored  shorthanded and Anthony Duclair at even strength for the Blueshirts.  Cam  Talbot allowed three goals  on 22 shots through two periods. Jason Missaien worked the third and halted all seven shots he faced.

After looking suspect 24 hours earlier at Madison Square Garden, Braydon Coburn led all Flyers skaters with 22:09 TOI but managed to break even. Luke Schenn logged the most time of any forward at 20:43.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare seemed to have the most jump outside of Vinny Lecavalier, and tied for the team lead with four shots on goal in 13:39 of action.

Five New York skaters finished with a game-worst minus-2, including defenseman Kevin Kline and Boston College forward product Kevin Hayes. Duclair, 19, has recorded a goal in each of the three preseason games he has played this year.

Craig Berube's club has one more exhibition tune-up, on Thursday in Washington against the Capitals. 
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