PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux scored 23 seconds in, and Simon Gagne added a goal in his first game back with the Flyers as Philadelphia rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
Wayne Simmonds gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead less than four minutes later, and Gagne scored his first goal of the season in the second period, one day after being reacquired by the Flyers from the Los Angeles Kings.
Max Talbot stretched the advantage to 4-0 in the second, chasing goalie Braden Holtby to the bench just one day following his home shutout of Carolina.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves and was in line for a shutout until Joel Ward tipped in his own deflection with 2:09 left to cut the Capitals’ deficit to 4-1.
Also on Wednesday:
Maple Leafs 2
TORONTO — Brendan Gallagher, Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta scored third-period goals in Montreal’s win over Toronto.
Red Wings 1
LOS ANGELES — Anze Kopitar scored the tiebreaking goal on a slick pass from Dwight King with 4:48 to play, and Los Angeles rallied from a third-period deficit against Detroit for its fifth straight victory.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Kyle Palmieri ended a 10-game goal drought with his first NHL hat trick, Viktor Fasth made 20 saves, and Anaheim beat Nashville for its seventh straight home victory.