- Scott Hartnell recorded the second “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” of his career. His last came Jan. 11, 2011 against Buffalo.
- Claude Giroux’s 21st goal of the season pulled him within one point of Evgeni Malkin in the NHL scoring race. He has 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points. Giroux was also 10-for-16 (63 percent) on faceoffs and is now 53.2 percent on the season, up from 50.9 percent on January 1.
- Giroux had 11 total attempts on net; Kimmo Timonen contributed nine.
- Max Talbot was 7-for-10 on faceoffs (73 percent). He is 28-for-40 (70 percent) in his last four games.
Highlights and quotes are after the jump.
Flyers center Claude Giroux
Q: Claude, it must feel pretty good to get a goal that’s not an empty netter here to get yourself back up.
“Yeah, I mean it’s a big goal. You want to help the team win. When you score a goal it’s a sign that you’re helping your team win. It’s a great pass by Scotty. I was trying to put it on net. It was a nice goal.”
Q: You had chances as well, and this time as a team you capitalized. You get those chances to take advantage of.
“Even last game we did a good job of getting pucks on net, they were just not going in. Tonight was a different story. Guys were going to the net and getting some loose pucks. I think, third period we can have a better period but we tried to stay focus and we got to know what we got to do on the ice in the third period. I think we got to put some pucks deep. It’s a learning game.”
Q: How many times have you seen a fight like that after a goal?
“I wasn’t too sure what happened. I saw him go down. I thought it was a typical “hartnelldown.” I saw the replay and he got tripped. He stayed in there and got a goal and a fight. When he gets pissed off I think that’s dangerous for the other team because he’s on the puck, he’s jumping. It was a good goal for him.”
Q: Can you talk a little bit about that three game skid and the rest of the way, here on out, you’re playing desperate teams like Toronto who are trying to get into the playoffs. Is that the effort you guys are looking for?
“Yeah, it’s big points for them. They’re in a playoff spot right now. This weekend is going to be a good test for us to see where we stand. Detroit is one of the best teams in the league and so is Rangers, so guys are pretty excited for that weekend and we got to make sure we get our rest here because it’s going to be a tough one.”
Q: Can you talk a little bit about Brayden Schenn and how he’s blossomed lately? He is sort of coming into his own in the last couple of weeks.
“Yeah, when he came back everyone knew he could do better. The last few games he’s been great. He’s smart. He’s been on the puck. He’s a player that can do everything. It’s good to have him on our team. He’s so young still, a good player and he’s a good guy too.”
Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky
Q: After the last game, do you feel like you've redeemed yourself? I know you had a rough outing the first time.
"The most important thing is that they won. It was a little bit difficult after that game, but the main point is that the team, as a whole, won."
Q: That last game is the most goals you've ever given up and a lot of the guys have said that it certainly wasn't your fault, that they didn't play real well in front of you. When you give up six goals and don't finish the game, is that something that you really felt like you wanted to come out and make up for that effort?
"It doesn't matter whether it was my fault or not my fault, I don't have the right to let in any of them the last game. It's really great that I had a chance to redeem myself and play better today."
Q: How was it getting the start? You weren't expected to start and it was a surprising turn of events. Is it tougher to prepare getting the news in the morning?
"It's always tough when you don't expect to play. Because I know in the morning, it made it a little bit better. Thanks to the team, they won today and all of the benefits go to them."
Flyers left wing Scott Hartnell
Q: What happened at the end of the goal there, you ended up getting in a fight?
We were battling I think for the first couple shifts and I kind of was going behind the net one time and I don't know if he pushed me or I caught an edge, I don't know what happened. I went off the boards and my neck was in kind of an awkward position and I thought it was somewhat of a cheap play. Then I get lucky bouncing like that in the air and it went in the net and I just went right off it. Just pretty standard, someone does something to you cheap, slashes, cheap plays like that you have to stand up for yourself, and he did.
Q: So no carry over from the "Suck it, Phaneuf" back at the All-Star game?
No, that was all in good fun. That All-Star game was pretty, you know, it was a great weekend. I heard the Twitter world loved it after we went out of there. Little things like that are fun of the game.
Q: You get your assist to get the Gordie Howe there, your second one in two years, does that mean anything to you at all?
Yes, it's pretty cool. It doesn't show up in the stats or anything like that. It was what counts is we got two points tonight. I think the rangers won in over time tonight and teams are winning behind us. We wanted to put some separation in-between us and the maple leafs tonight. We play a couple more games in Toronto, so every night is going to be a battle.
Q: Can you talk about Brayden obviously getting the last laugh over his brother?
He battles hard. He's great at protecting the puck, he's good defensively, you see him on the draws I'm not sure of his percentage this year, but he seems to be winning more than he's losing, and he's got a knack around the net. Growing up, World Juniors, things like that, he's always been a goal scorer. I think he's feeling more comfortable everyday and he's going to be a big player in this league.
Q: Nice to get the win for Bob tonight, he certainly redeemed himself from that performance against the Devils.
Yeah, you have to turn the page. You have to learn from mistakes, and goals, and things like that. It wasn't just Bob against the Devils there, it was everybody. We played terrible. He made some big saves tonight, and stood on his head a couple of times. We needed it, he needed it, and we have to keep rolling.
Q: Your line seemed to have a lot of pressure last game, didn't score, but tonight it must be nice to see Claude get a regular goal there, you had two points, get the first line going again.
A. It's been awhile I think we had a five-on-five goal. I'm not sure of the last time, but to get a couple tonight get the confidence going. It seemed like we were cycling it. We had some rushed chances and it's good to see we're back playing hard, protecting the puck, skating, and we're working well together.
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