Flyers rally for 5-3 victory over Coyotes

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Down two goals in the second period and looking sluggish in the final game of a grueling Western trip, Jay Rosehill tried to spark the Flyers.

Rosehill dropped his gloves and challenged Paul Bissonnette, who obliged in what turned into a lengthy, two-round, blow-filled fight in front of the Philadelphia bench.

The Flyers were a different team the rest of the way, as Jakub Voracek scored the winner with 8:08 left and the Philadelphia finished with four unanswered goals in a 5-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night.

"I thought it was a great job from Rosie," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "He's very smart at that. He picks the right spots and he's very good at his job."

Scott Hartnell, Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds also scored for the Flyers and Claude Giroux added an empty-net goal with 30 seconds left.

Steve Mason made several difficult saves late to preserve Philadelphia's fourth win in five games out West.

"I thought this trip changed our road mentality a little bit," Berube said. "We discussed and talked about a lot of the little things we have to do on the road to win hockey games."

The little things are ailing the Coyotes, with Mike Smith struggling in goal again in a mistake-filled performance that left coach Dave Tippett lamenting "inconsistent" play and not ruling out roster changes.

"We're at the halfway mark and I'm sure (GM) Don (Maloney) and I will talk the next couple days," Tippett said. "We've got to evaluate where we are and where we want to get to."

Rob Klinkhammer, Lauri Korpikoski and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes, who led 3-1 late in the second period but couldn't hold on to spoil captain Shane Doan's return from a rare illness.

Simmonds tied it with 15:38 left when he knocked in a rebound on the power play for his team-high 14th goal and his ninth in as many games.

Then Keith Yandle's turnover in his own zone proved costly in Phoenix's second straight loss. Voracek collected the puck and beat Smith between the legs with a wrist shot.

Philadelphia killed a late power play as Mason stopped 26 shots.

The Coyotes struggled defensively as they played without one of their top defenseman, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who was injured Thursday on a hit by Columbus' Derek MacKenzie that earned him a three-game suspension.



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