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Giroux Leads Flyers Past Leafs

The Flyers are on the right track to make the playoffs, and it's Claude Giroux who is leading them there.

Giroux added another three points to his season total, helping the Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Friday. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Flyers, putting them back in the playoff hunt.

The Flyers scored first, and came at the Maple Leafs early. It was the exact opposite of their effort against the Rangers on Wednesday.

“I think we did a good job coming in strong right away," Giroux told reporters after the game. "Obviously that first goal gave us momentum and a little lead. At home you want that first goal. I think we did a good job playing the sixty minutes.”

The Flyers led 2-1 when Giroux scored his 25th goal of the season, giving them a 3-1 cushion. It would prove to be the deciding goal in the game.

Giroux added assists on the Flyers' first two goals.

With Philadelphia on the power play in the first, Giroux won the face off back to Kimmo Timonen, who set Vincent Lecavalier up with the one-timer. Lecavalier's blast beat Jonathan Bernier to make it 1-0.

The Flyers carried that lead into the first intermission, but it was erased immediately in the second period. Just four seconds into the second, James van Riemsdyk scored to even the game up.

Giroux and Timonen set things up again on the power play, giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Giroux won the face off back to Timonen, who fired a wrister that was deflected by Scott Hartnell for the goal.

“We were kind of joking, he probably leads the assists and won draws and goals right off the face-off," Hartnell said. "He competes and that’s probably the biggest thing."

Giroux's tally made it 3-1, which proved to be key. Less than two minutes after Giroux scored, Dave Bolland scored on a scramble in front of the net to cut the lead to 3-2.

But Wayne Simmonds, who has been nearly as hot as Giroux, gave the Flyers a 4-2 cushion with his 25th goal of the season.

Overall, the Flyers looked fresh with the shifting of their lines heading into Friday. The most notable change was seeing Lecavalier on the fourth line with Adam Hall and Zac Rinaldo.

Though his goal came on the power play, Lecavalier looked more comfortable out there centering a line rather than playing the wing

“Well I think we played a great game as a line," Lecavalier said. "Being back in the middle, I felt very comfortable so I have to give credit to my teammates.

I think Hallsy and Rino, I think we played really well together. I thought we were close a few times but I think we overall played a good game.”

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John Russo
Editor; Featured Writer
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