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Flyers Split Squad Ends in Win, Loss

Regular season hockey may be a couple weeks away but the NHL is back and in game form.

The Flyers split their training camp roster in half, sending one group to the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario for a game against the Maple Leafs while the other half stayed home to host the Washington Capitals. The games resulted in a win at home and a shootout loss on the road.

In Philadelphia, the Flyers and Capitals scored a lot of goals and landed a lot of punches. Five fights highlighted a 5-4 win for the Flyers in which they erased a 2-0 in an explosive second period.

Mark Streit had a power play goal to go with three assists, and Jakub Voracek had a goal and two assists. Phantoms players Blair Jones and Andrew Gordon contributed in the win with Jones racking up two assists and two fights, and Gordon adding a goal and assist.

In London, David Booth scored the lone shootout goal for the Leafs. Matt Read and Michael Raffl scored the goals for the Flyers, both set up by Nick Cousins.

The Flyers and Leafs will play again on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Air Canada Center in Toronto.

NOTES: Notable Flyers not playing in either game on Monday include captain Claude Giroux and veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen. 

Timonen's status is well known, with him likely missing the season after suffering blood clots in both lungs and his right calf. He is currently on blood thinners and will be reevaluated in January.

Giroux suffered a lower-body injury in the morning session of the first day of training camp on Friday. He will be out for at least a couple weeks, general manager Ron Hextall said.

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John Russo
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