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Claude Giroux was nervous about centering

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BUFFALO Phil Kessel Jersey , N.Y. (AP) — the Philadelphia Flyers‘ top line for the first time in two seasons.Once he settled in, Giroux guided the Flyers to their most goals in a game in nearly two months. Philadelphia’s captain had a goal and three assists Saturdayin a 6-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.“I’d like to tell you it’s like riding a bike, but it’s not,” Giroux said. “But it turned out great tonight.”With Sean Couturier out because of a lower-body injury, Giroux moved from right wing to center in Philadelphia’s lead group of forwards. He had four points in a game for the first time since an Oct. 14, 2017 win over Washington.“It’s not easy but he’s a natural centerman Sidney Crosby Jersey ,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. “He’s our captain and stepped up in a lot of different fashions tonight.”James van Riemsdyk also moved up to the top line and had a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who opened a five-game road trip with their third win in 10 games.Ivan Provorov, Wayne Simmonds, Dale Weise and Travis Konecny also scored. Michael Raffl had two assists and Anthony Stolarz made 28 saves.After scoring twice in the third period to force overtime and earn a point in a 4-3 loss to Columbus on Thursday, the Flyers scored six straight after the Sabres took a 2-0 lead.Giroux’s shorthanded goal gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead early in the third period. Simmonds, Weise and Konecny each scored from close range in a span of less than three minutes to put the game out of reach.Provorov scored the tying goal midway through the second period. Scott Laughton dug the puck out of the corner to set up the scoring chance.The six regulation goals were the most the Flyers have scored since a 7-5 win at Ottawa on Oct. 10. Entering the game 15th out of 16 teams in the Eastern Conference with 25 points Dougie Hamilton Jersey Womens , this was Philadelphia’s first win since hiring general manager Chuck Fletcher on Monday to replace Ron Hextall, who was fired one week earlier.“There have been a lot of off-ice things that have been happening,” Giroux said. “And I think because we have such a tight group in here that we’re able to keep playing hockey and keep doing the things we’re doing,”Jack Eichel scored twice for the Sabres, who have lost five straight following a 10-game winning streak. Linus Ullmark stopped 35 shots.“The streak we were on, that’s over. It means nothing now http://www.officialsharks.com/authentic-...rns-jersey ,” Eichel said. “Now I think we are losing sight of what made us successful.”After scoring once in his previous 16 games, Eichel had two goals in the third period of Buffalo’s 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto on Tuesday. He followed that with two first-period goals against the Flyers.The Sabres captain banked a rising shot off the far post for the first goal 4:04 into the game. Eichel then deflected Lawrence Pilut’s shot from the point to give the Sabres a 2-0 lead with a little under eight minutes remaining in the period.Sam Rinehart had an assist on Eichel’s first goal, extending his career-best point streak to six games. Pilut’s assist was the first NHL point in four games for the rookie defenseman.The Flyers got on the board 50 seconds later when Giroux won a faceoff and set up van Riemdsdyk’s quick wrist shot from the high slot.NOTES: Sabres G Carter Hutton is day to day with an upper-body injury. Buffalo called up Scott Wedgewood from the minors to back up Ullmark. … Sabres D Matt Tennyson made his season debut after being called up on Friday. … Sabres RW Jason Pominville returned after missing two games with an upper-body injury. … Sabres RW Kyle Okposo played in his 700th NHL game.UP NEXTFlyers: Conclude back-to-back at Winnipeg on Sunday.Sabres: Host Los Angeles on Tuesday. The Philadelphia Flyers were hoping to build off the momentum of Wednesday’s win as they prepared to host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.Instead they were dealing with another injury Friday as right winger Travis Konecny left practice early after getting hit in the inside of his foot by a shot.Philadelphia is already without left winger James van Riemsdyk (lower body injury) and center Nolan Patrick (upper body), both of whom went down in the past week.Article continues below ...“We’re not going to sit here and feel sorry for ourselves,” general manager Ron Hextall told reporters Friday. “We have more depth right now than I think we’ve had in the past. The guys now will go into a little bit more significant positions and have to produce.”The Flyers (2-2-0) are coming of a 7-4 road win against the Ottawa Senators. Jakub Voracek had two goals and three assists as Philadelphia bounced back from an 8-2 home loss to San Jose Tuesday. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist against Ottawa, Scott Laughton scored twice Julien Gauthier Jersey Womens , and Radko Gudas had three assists.“I think a lot of guys are feeling good about themselves after that game, offensively,” Flyers forward Dale Weise told NHL.com. “Obviously, we don’t want to take that many penalties (12), and we’ve got some work to do, but to get an effort like that and come back and score seven goals is huge.”Goalie Calvin Pickard made 31 saves in his first start with Philadelphia after he was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 2. Pickard was the Knights’ first pick in the expansion draft nearly 16 months ago but was waived when the Knights claimed Malcolm Subban on waivers three days before the start of their inaugural season last October.Saturday night’s game is a rematch of opening night when the Flyers scored three goals in the second period and beat the Knights 5-2 in Las Vegas as Brian Elliott made 23 saves in his first career start versus Vegas.The Knights have dropped three straight as they close out a five-game road trip. Vegas took a 1-0 lead against the Penguins Thursday night but couldn’t hold it. Pittsburgh scored three times in a span of 7:03 during the second period of a 4-2 Penguins win.“It’s frustrating when you come in here and play a good team Womens Evander Kane Jersey , and I feel like you control the game for pretty much the entire thing and little breaks cost us,” Knights forward Reilly Smith told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “It’s something we’re going to have to keep our effort high and keep playing the way we’re doing but limit those mistakes.”Tomas Nosek and Smith scored for Vegas (1-4-0) and Subban made 18 saves. The Knights have been outscored 19-10 in their first five games.“We just have to keep working and stay with it,” Knights coach Gerard Gallant told NHL.com. “We had a lot of good chances again tonight. The puck didn’t go in the net until late in the game. So (we) have to stay with it and work hard. Sooner or later, it’ll turn for us.”Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is 28-19-2 against the Flyers with a 2.94 goals-against average and .898 save percentage.
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