Flyers manhandle Senators, 6-2

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Jan 212011
Chris Pronger returned to the Flyers lineup vs the Senators

Chris Pronger returned to the Flyers lineup Thursday night

January 21 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Mike Richards collected four points, Chris Pronger returned to the lineup and contributed two assists, and Danny Briere continued his torrid scoring pace as the Flyers outlasted Ottawa, 6-2, in a brawl-filled game on Thursday night.

But the biggest roar from the sellout crowd came when Jeff Carter, in a rare fight, decisioned Jesse Winchester with 7 minutes, 48 seconds remaining at the Wells Fargo Center. It was Carter’s first bout since Dec. 11, 2007.

The Flyers broke away from a 3-2 lead on third-period goals by Scott Hartnell, James van Riemsdyk, and Andrej Meszaros.

“The good thing is, we keep finding ways and make big plays when the game is on the line,” said Briere, who had a goal and an assist.

Rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky improved to 19-6-3 as the Flyers won their fourth straight.

Two of the Flyers‘ most skilled forwards – Carter and Claude Giroux – were in third-period fights. Giroux tangled with Nick Foligno, who had a 36-pound advantage in their close bout. A bit later, there were three fights at the same time, highlighted by Flyers enforcer Jody Shelley’s pounding Chris Neil as chants of “Let’s go, Flyers!” echoed around the building.

“The fans like it, and it was a good time,” Giroux said with a smile.

Coach Peter Laviolette understood why Giroux and Carter dropped their gloves.

“It’s probably not something you want to see on a regular basis,” Laviolette said after a contest that had 126 minutes in penalties, “but you never know what every game has in store for you. The guys were pretty competitive in the third period to make sure we got a win.”

Richards had two goals for the Flyers (31-11-5), who are the NHL’s top team with 67 points.

Trailing by 3-0, Ottawa scored a pair of goals in the final 2:04 of the second period to climb off the mat.”

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