Giroux Scores In Flyers Win

The Flyers snapped a few streaks in a big 4-2 win over the Oilers Saturday afternoon.

Claude Giroux scored his first goal of the season, snapping a 21-game drought that dated back to last season and the Flyers put up its first four-goal effort of the year. They also snapped a streak that saw the last 13 goals in the Wells Fargo Center scored by their opponents, a game-time span of 175 minutes, 22 seconds.

In the first period, Jay Rosehill scored on a deflection for his first of the season.

“I wanted to use my opportunity in the lineup to help the guys out and if our line is on the forecheck like that I think we can create some offense once in a while," Rosehill said. "It was a bonus to get one tonight early.”

Six minutes later, Scott Hartnell made it 2-0, scoring his second of the year.

Late in the second period, Edmonton cut the lead to 2-1 with David Perron's power play goal.

Giroux got himself a couple of opportunities during the second period to get his first goal. But after blowing two straight opportunities he skated back to the bench and destroyed his stick in frustration.

Frustration, obviously," Giroux said. "When I couldn’t be the player there to score the goal, I started smiling. It’s frustrating."

It was time for Giroux to get on the board. After a failed drop pass by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins found its way to Giroux's stick, he skated up ice and sniped a shot over Devan Dubnyk's blocker to make it 3-1.

"It’s been a couple months now and it’s been tough but getting that one got a lot of weight off," Giroux said."

“There was a lot of relief and to see all the boys on the bench being happy too, I think that was really fun. It’s a big win for us and we are going on the road right now and we got to get on a roll here.”
 

Taylor Hall cut the lead in half, 3-2, with his goal two minutes later. Just over three minutes after that Vincent Lecavalier scored his team-high sixth goal to make it 4-2 and ice the win for the Flyers.

"I thought we played a real good third period tonight," coach Craig Berube said. "Even with the late goal they got there. I thought that we kept playing and kept doing the right things. 

"I like the way we got the puck deep… I thought, like, get 30 plus shots a game. Put pucks on that.”
 

Steve Mason got the start, stopping 24 shots for the win.

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John Russo
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