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Big third period leads Flyers over Carolina

Oct 30, 2011 - 2:50 AM
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Claude Giroux scored one of Philadelphia's four third-period goals and registered three assists, helping the Flyers beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, at the Wells Fargo Center.

Giroux set up tallies by linemates Jaromir Jagr -- who finished with a pair -- and Scott Hartnell as well as a Maxime Talbot shorthanded marker.

Hartnell picked up two helpers for Philadelphia, which avoided a third straight loss.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 24 saves to earn his first win since October 12. He had yielded 21 goals during a personal five-game skid.

"It seems like we played really well tonight. I hope we are going in the right direction and continue to improve," Bryzgalov said.

Former Flyer Brian Boucher allowed five goals on 34 shots for the Hurricanes, who have dropped four of their last five games.

"Goes without saying that you want to beat your old team but obviously that didn't happen and it was really disappointing," Boucher said.

Jagr broke a 1-1 tie 39 seconds into the third, driving to the net and converting a pass from Giroux. Jagr went off for interference nearly five minutes later, but Talbot hammered home the rebound of a Giroux shot at 5:46.

Giroux lit the lamp 1:50 later, shielding the puck from a pursuing Carolina player before beating Boucher from in tight.

Jagr found the back of the net again with 7:43 remaining.

For the eighth time in 11 games this season, the Flyers opened the scoring. A dreadful giveaway by Carolina blueliner Tim Gleason in his own zone led to Giroux, who stole the puck in front of Boucher, feeding Hartnell for an easy tap-in at the 6:57 mark of the first period.

Hartnell had a role in Carolina netting the tying goal. Moments after Bryzgalov turned away Jussi Jokinen's bid on a 2-on-1 rush, a sliding Hartnell crashed into his goalie. With Bryzgalov down and out of the play, Jokinen managed to gather his own rebound and bury it at 3:11 of the middle stanza.

Game Notes

With his first goal, Jagr became the 12th player in league history with 650 for his career...The Flyers notched their sixth straight home win over Carolina...Philadelphia tough guy Jody Shelley played in his 600th career game, while Flyers defenseman Matt Carle skated in his 400th NHL contest...Flyers forward Danny Briere missed Saturday's game with an upper- body injury. He is listed as day-to-day...Hurricanes captain Eric Staal turned 27 on Saturday.