-Claude Giroux recorded three assists tonight, giving him 52 on the season. That breaks his career high of 51 set last year. He is the first Flyer to record 50 or more assists in two consecutive seasons since Mark Recchi did it in 1999-2000 (63) and 2000-01 (50).
-Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Giroux is just the fourth Flyer to record 50 or more assists in two consecutive seasons:
Bob Clarke – eight consecutive seasons (1972-73 to 1979-80)
Brian Propp – three consecutive seasons (1983-84 to 1985-86)
Mark Recchi – two consecutive seasons, twice (1992-93 &1993-94; 1999-00 & 2000-01)
Claude Giroux – 2010-11 & 2011-12
-Kimmo Timonen became the 55th defenseman in NHL history to reach the 500-point plateau, and the sixth active defenseman. It was his 199th career point as a Flyer, moving him past Joe Watson into fifth place on the Flyers All-Time List for scoring by a defenseman.
-Scott Hartnell became the third Flyer this season to eclipse his career high for goals with his 31st of the season tonight. He joins Wayne Simmonds and Max Talbot.
-Matt Read recorded his second two-goal game of the season and his third game of three or more points.
-Sixteen of the Flyers’ 18 skaters recorded at least one hit in the game.
Highlights and quotes are after the jump.
Flyers Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov
Q:Nice to get that win at home?
"Yes. It is a very nice and important two points for the standings...trying to climb. Especially the last couple of games against the Islanders were tough. It wasn't that much easier tonight, but the team put in a very good effort and I think we deserved the win."
Q:I am sure you always appreciate the blocking of shots...Is it tough to see [James van Riemsdyk]?
"You're right. It is amazing. When you can see the guys like [James van Riemsdyk] and [Brayden] Schenn sacrifice themselves and just put themselves in front of a one hundred mile an hour rubber puck. They just don't let the puck go to the goalie. It is amazing. It gives a boost to the team. It says hey like this guy battles and we have to battle too. Then we get back to the game and we score two goals and continue to push the pace of the game to the highest tempo. Eventually, it pays off very well."
Q:You look better, is your confidence coming back?
"I don't want to talk about it. I feel good."
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen
Q: What’s it like, to not only get the point but to get the reaction from the fans as well?
“I really appreciated it, obviously. It’s been 14 years, if you go back to 1993 when I got drafted, I was a small guy and to be honest not many people thought I could do it. You know in 1998 I got to play in Nashville. I had great years there and I’ve had a pretty good five years here. It’s actually a pretty nice feeling.”
Q: What did you think in the first minute of the game, they scored first for the third game in a row. Did you think here we go again?
“We have been talking about it and it has been awhile since we have scored the first goal. We didn’t come out the way that we wanted to come out. Then they scored again and obviously that is the thing we need to make better. We want to win big games, we can’t be down all the time. We know that. We just need the better starts, pretty much for every period. We have to fix that.”
Q: Tough news seeing JVR out with a broken bone?
“Well, he made a nice play. Sometimes you block a shot and it hurts. It was bad luck and a bad spot. It’s part of the game but it’s too bad that we are going to lose him for a couple weeks but he’s going to be back.”
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette
Q: Coaching magic, is that what it was, when you called everybody over right into the first couple minutes of the game?
“It’s not the start we were looking for. Change the direction.”
Q: What exactly changed?
“Typically for me, it’s attitude. We were a little flat in the first five minutes I thought, and we just changed the direction of our attitude and the way we were playing the game. Started moving it through the neutral zone down into their end. Whenever we got it deep, it felt like we would be able to cycle the puck and generate offense that way and I think we eventually got to that. Even more so I think as the game wore on. I think that’s probably what changed most, just our attitude.”
Q: Bryzgalov made four or five very good saves, does he look different to you?
“He looked good. He was sharp early too, cause there was a couple of real good chances before the timeout and he’s looked sharp.”
Q: Does he look calmer to you? Not moving around as much?
“Yeah. He looks like he is in charge of his net right now.”
Q: Peter, how big is the loss of JVR?
“All losses are big because guys - we count on them to fill a bunch of different roles on our team. It’s been a tough go for him, he’s just coming back from being out of the lineup for quite an extended period of time. He gets back and starts skating, plays a few games and now another setback for him. Anytime you lose players, it’s tough.”
Q: How did he look to you since – I think there were six games after he came back?
“I think it’s difficult when you come back, especially from a concussion. I think it takes you a while to find your way. I think there were some good games in there, early in the road trip I liked his line and liked what he was doing out there. There was some good stuff. Saturday game, the San Jose game, it was tough to judge anybody. I don’t think we did a real good job of generating and it wasn’t our best effort.”
Q: How do you feel about your defensive zone coverage? Almost every defense pair somebody is playing with somebody new right now. How much does that have to do with the shakiness in your own end?
“I think that there’s some – I’ve said this before during the road trip, there’s things that we keep doing …we keep vacating the middle of ice in the neutral zone and in front of our net. We’re quick to leave there, we need to hang on. There’s different things that are popping up. We’re not giving up a lot of shots anymore in the games. Not even really a lot of chances, but some of the chances that we are giving up with just simple patience and composure I think in the defensive zone by hanging on to middle ice, I think we can eliminate some of that. Things are down but there are some that we’re giving up, the quality of them is too high, we need to cut down on those.”
Q: Coburn and Timonen played together for a long time, why did you decide not to keep them together?
“Just to give it a different look right now.”
Q: Career high for Hartnell, he’s extended this period of good play here, it seems like for months. He’s playing really well...
“Yeah, I think Scott – I thought he had a strong game. His work is really – you can see it, it’s visible energy on the ice. He’s skating, he’s competing for pucks, he’s coming up with pucks in second effort. He’s on a good line, and that line was real strong tonight. Jaromir was strong, Claude was strong. They had the puck quite a bit in the offensive zone on that cycle trying to look for all kinds of – they did a nice job.”
Q: Read said that he’s felt good for about a week now, but it’s nice to see him get out of that slump that he was in…
“Yeah. I think he’s a real talented player and you always wonder, because he’s younger or his first year in the league, he hasn’t really shown any signs. I think he was still playing hard even though he wasn’t getting points like maybe he wanted to. But I think he’s been strong the entire year, I think you just notice him a little bit more when he’s on the scoreboard, obviously.”
Q: You have some games at home in this final month of the season, talk about where you guys are. Overall, where you are right now…
“I certainly wish the health was there and continue to stay healthy. There are things I think we can do better defensively and then in some other games I think there are things we can do better offensively. We didn’t generate a whole lot in San Jose, it’s continually a work in progress, trying to hit your stride down the stretch here as you enter the playoffs.”
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