Giroux’s shootout goal lifts Fly­ers over Is­landers

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By De­nis P. Gor­man

Philadel­phia coach Dave Hak­stol was happy that his team put to­gether a strong ef­fort for a full game against the Is­landers.

The Fly­ers came away with a 3-2 shootout vic­tory Thurs­day night when Claude Giroux scored the lone goal of the tiebreaker.

“I liked our en­tire 65 min­utes,” Hak­stol said.

Travis Konecny and Jakub Vo­racek also scored for the Fly­ers, who im­proved to 6-5-1 with their third straight vic­tory.

“Played a full game,” Konecny said. “A full 60 min­utes. I was re­ally happy and all the guys were re­ally happy with that one.”

Den­nis Sei­den­berg and John Taveres had goals for the Is­landers and Jaroslav Halak stopped 40 of 42 shots.

De­spite both teams strug­gling to stop their op­po­nents, nei­ther scored in the first pe­riod. Philadel­phia out­shot New York 14-8 in the pe­riod and 42-27 for the game.

“They were bet­ter in the first pe­riod,” Halak said. “Don’t know the rea­son why. We just have to come out the way they did. Like I said, I think in the sec­ond and the third we were bet­ter. But 60 minute ef­fort right now is miss­ing. Some­times you can get away with 40, 45 minute ef­fort. Right now we need 60.”

Michal Neu­virth made 25 saves for the Fly­ers.

Konecny got the Fly­ers on the board in the sec­ond pe­riod. He cor­ralled a stretch pass from Radko Gu­das and fired a shot that Halak stopped, but the goalie wasn’t able to con­trol the re­bound and Philadel­phia’s rookie cen­ter put in his sec­ond goal of the sea­son.

It also marked only the fourth time this sea­son that Philadel­phia scored the first goal and was also the Fly­ers’ league-lead­ing 21st sec­ond pe­riod goal.

“We didn’t give up a whole lot, that’s the dif­fer­ence,” Sean Cou­turier said. “Usu­ally we’re giv­ing scor­ing chances we’re given up too many goals. Tonight was one of those games where we tight­ened things up. We scored less goals but we found way to win.”

The lead lasted for all of 8:20, as Tavares tapped in a power-play goal with 29 sec­onds left in the pe­riod. The goal was Tavares’ fifth over­all and his sec­ond on the power play.

The Is­landers went ahead 2-1 on Sei­den­berg’s goal with 7:05 left. It was his fourth of the sea­son. Vo­racek tied it with less than a minute left when he put in his sev­enth goal of the sea­son.

Vo­racek’s goal was a power play goal which oc­curred af­ter Casey Cizikas high-sticked Giroux.

“They had six guys, we had four, so we’re in the penalty box. It’s four power play goals the last two games. And it’s truly cost us,” Is­landers coach Jack Ca­puano said. “Casey was just try­ing to play hockey and his stick came up a lit­tle bit.”

New York dropped to 4-6-1 with its fourth loss in five games.

“The level of con­cern for me is a power play goal with (Cizikas, Cal Clut­ter­buck and Tavares on the ice) and (an even strength goal from) Sei­den­berg,” Ca­puano said. “That’s my con­cern. Where are we go­ing to get point pro­duc­tion? One hun­dred and thirty four points out of our lineup that we lost (in the off-sea­son de­fec­tions of Matt Martin, Kyle Ok­poso and Frans Nielsen). Now we have to find a way. Like ev­ery­thing gets mag­ni­fied, I get it. You guys are talk­ing about the (losses) lately, it’s a power play goal, but we have to find a way to get some bal­anced of­fense in our hockey team.

“That’s my con­cern.”

NOTES

Prior to the game, the Fly­ers an­nounced D An­drew MacDon­ald would miss a week with a lower body in­jury. He was re­placed in the lineup by Nick Schultz. The team also noted C Boyd Gor­don was placed on the in­jured re­serve. Left winger Michael Raffl was ac­ti­vated in the cor­re­spond­ing ros­ter move, and skated on a line with Giroux and RW Wayne Sim­monds . ... RW Dale Weise was scratched. ... New York scratched G Jean-Fran­cois Berube, LW An­thony Beauvil­lier and C Matthew Barzal . ... The game was the first of four reg­u­lar sea­son meet­ings be­tween the long­time ri­vals. The Fly­ers and Is­landers are sched­uled to play Jan. 22 in New York, Feb. 9 in Philadel­phia and Mar. 30 in Philadel­phia.

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JULIE JACOBSON — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Philadel­phia Fly­ers cen­ter Claude Giroux (28) shoots and scores against New York Is­landers goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) dur­ing a shootout Thurs­day in New York.

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