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Flyers win using G Force

Claude Giroux's concussion appears to be a thing of the past.

Shift after shift, Giroux was skating faster, stronger and even getting a little chippy in his return from a concussion.

His presence, which was sorely missed, was welcomed back with open arms as he led the Flyers to a commanding 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars Wednesday night.

Giroux had missed the last four games with a concussion in which the Flyers were 2-1-1.

But the 23-year-old forward added to his league leading point total in a big way, putting up his third four-point game of the season.

Head coach Pete Laviolette didn't want to rush back his star forward, holding him to only 15:15 of time on the ice. But despite playing only his seventh game of the season in which he didn't log 20 minutes, Giroux made the most of his chances.

It took Giroux almost nine minutes to find himself back on the scorer's sheet. Giroux tapped home a puck off the stick of Jaromir Jagr to tie the game up at one for the Flyers.

Giroux then tallied an assist on a Wayne Simmonds power play goal to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission. He added two more assists on Jagr's 657th career goal (11th on the season) in the second and Andrej Meszaros' break away goal in the third to complete his four-point night.

Giroux's impact was felt more on the ice than just on the score sheet. Everybody on the ice played better with Giroux out there, including his top line.

Line mate Scott Hartnell tallied two assists and Jagr's goal and assist gave the line an incredibly eight-point night. 

Giroux even improved the Flyers power play, which was 2-for-5 on the night.

And lastly, Giroux's play helped back up goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

Bobrovsky gave up an early goal to Michael Ryder only 56 seconds into the game. But he nailed the door shut, stopping 30-of-31 for the win.

CHIPPY IN BIG D -- There was more than a hockey game going on in Dallas.

Both Dallas and Philadelphia were mixing it up all game, resulting in a lot of traded punches and words, a handful of penalties and some misconducts. It even got to the point where Peter Laviolette got involved.

After the first intermission, Laviolette's path to the Flyers locker room was being blocked by Dallas enforcer Steve Ott. Laviolette made his own path to the door, exchanging some words with Ott before pushing him out of the way to get to the locker room.

That incident set off a series of scrums in the second period. Dallas' Ott, Brenden Morrow and Adam Burish were constantly mixing it up with Tom Sestito, Harry Zolnierczyk and Marc-Andre Bourdon.

It started when both Morrow and defenseman Bourdon constantly got under each other's skin before the referees had enough and sent them both to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Almost immediately after, Burish and Sestito were given 10-minute misconducts in the middle of the second period and Morrow received one of his own late in the second.

The chippiness subsided in the third period as the Flyers were able to cruise the rest of the way for a 4-1 win.