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Giroux, Voracek lead Flyers past Capitals, 6-4

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 5, 2014 at 10:48 pm •  Published: March 5, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Claude Giroux has put an early-season slump well behind him.

At this rate, the Flyers' captain is set to be remembered more for a fantastic finish.

Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had two goals, and Michael Raffl and Steve Downie also scored to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Andrew MacDonald had an assist in his first game since he was acquired from the New York Islanders. The Flyers won for the seventh time in eight games and are second in the Metropolitan Division, far removed from the team that started a franchise-worst 1-7.

Giroux didn't score a goal in his first 15 games, but now has 23 in 63 games this season. Giroux and Voracek are hot at the right time.

"They're the leaders of this team," goalie Steve Mason said. "When they are going, everybody follows."

The Flyers chased Washington goalie Braden Holtby after taking a 4-0 lead early in the second period. Holtby was replaced by Philipp Grubauer for the rest of the game — and could face some competition the rest of the season. The Capitals acquired Jaroslav Halak from Buffalo for backup goalie Michal Neuvirth and defenseman Rostislav Klesla at the NHL trade deadline earlier in the day.

Alex Ovechkin, Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer nearly rallied the Capitals with three straight goals in the third. Brooks Laich also scored.

"It's not how we're supposed to start the game," Ovechkin said. "We just have to play better right away."

Giroux continued to put a slow start far behind him as he leads the Flyers' resurgence.

His goals in each of the first two periods gave him nine in the last 11 games. Perhaps fueled by his Olympic snub, he has nine assists over that span, and has again positioned the Flyers as a tough postseason out.

Both teams turned back the clock with a line brawl in the first period that saw Washington's John Erskine and Philadelphia's Vincent Lecavalier get tossed.

Philadelphia's Luke Schenn drilled Ryan Stoa into the boards, then was confronted by Tom Wilson. Wilson, who earned a 10-minute misconduct, fought Schenn while the rest of the lines went at it near the corner boards.

Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds tried to pull off Erskine, allowing Lecavalier to get in a free shot.

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