A String Of Second-Period Goals Propels Philadelphia Past Tampa Bay, 5-2

The Flyers will host the Lightning on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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Claude Giroux Injury: Flyers Top Scorer Leaves After Knee To The Head

Claude Giroux left Saturday’s game against Lightning after being kneed in the head by teammate Wayne Simmonds and did not return.

"He kind of fell and he was right in front of me," Simmonds said. "I was on the backcheck and I wanted to get into the play and I tried to jump over him. I don’t know where I caught him."

Of course, the first thing anyone fears in this situation is a concussion, but Flyers GM Paul Holmgren says Giroux wasn’t experiencing symptoms.

"Not really a headache or anything like that," Holmgren said. "This is really just precautionary at this stage. We didn’t want to put him back in there at that time. It’s a game in December. Obviously he’s one of our better players, so we’ll err on the side of caution."

Giroux add two assists in the game to bring his NHL leading points total to 39. Illya Bryzgalov also left the game early with a lower body injury but later returned to the bench. After the game he told reporters that he would be ready to go Tuesday’s game in Washington. Paul Holmgren agreed.

"After the second period he wanted to continue and it stiffened up on him in the third," Holmgren said. "We don’t think it’s anything serious. It’s an off-day tomorrow (Sunday) for the players. I would assume he’ll be fine for the next game (Tuesday in Washington).

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Flyers vs. Lightning Final Score: A String Of Second-Period Goals Propels Philadelphia Past Tampa Bay, 5-2

A string of second period goals Saturday propelled host Philadelphia Flyers past Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, in a Eastern Conference contest at the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers (18-7-3, 39 points) improved their current winning streak to five games and remain atop of the Atlantic Division standings.

Trailing 1-0 after one period, Danny Briere, Jaromir Jagr and Wayne Simmonds each netted second-period goals, respectively, to help Philadelphia earn a 3-1 advantage. Simmonds' seventh goal of the season, which came on a power-play and gave the Flyers a two-goal margin with 5:11 to play, ended up being the game-winner.

Briere, who scored just 2:38 into the second period also tallied an assist on Matt Carle's third period goal, earned the game's three-star honors. Jagr, who netted a goal 34 seconds after Briere and earned an assists, was given one-star honors, while Simmonds, who was credited with an apple on Briere's goal, earned two-star honors.

Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov saved 14-of-16 shots for Philadelphia, which out-shot Tampa Bay, 32-19.

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Flyers vs. Lightning Score Update: Three Second-Period Goals Give Philadelphia 3-1 Lead Over Tampa Bay

Goals by Danny Briere, Jaromir Jagr and Wayne Simmonds has helped the Philadelphia Flyers take a 3-1 lead over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning, which trails heading into the third period at the Wells Fargo Center. Jagr's 10th goal of the season was sandwiched between Briere's and Simmonds' scores and gave the Flyers a 2-1 with 16:48 to play in the second period.

Trailing 1-0 after one period, the Flyers (17-7-3) got a quick second-period goal from Briere, his ninth of the season, to knot the contest at 1 just 2:38 into the 20-minute session. Then, with about five minutes to go in the second, Simmonds netted a power-play goal to increase Philadelphia's margin to 3-1.

So far, Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has saved 14-of-15 Lightning shots, while Tampa Bay goalie Mathieu Garon has saved 19-of-22 shots. Philadelphia is 1-for-4 on the power play, while Tampa Bay is 0-for-3.

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Flyers Vs. Lightining Score Update: Tampa Bay Leads Philadelphia, 1-0, After One Period

A goal by center Ryan Shannon has helped the Tampa Bay Lighting take a first-period lead, 1-0, over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. Shannon's second goal of the season came about eight minutes into the period, which featured the Lighting (12-14-2) out-shooting the Flyers (17-7-3), 8-7.

Tampa Bay goaltender Mathieu Garon stopped the shots that he faced, while Philadelphia goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov made seven saves. The Lighting went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Flyers went 0-for-1.

The Fylers entered the game trying to extended their four-game win streak. Philadelphia is playing without defenseman Chris Pronger, who was recovering from a knee injury but was today ruled out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms. He is set to be re-evaluated on Dec. 14.

Meanwhile, the Lighting are just 5-10-2 on the road this season.

For more Flyers coverage, visit our team page, or our blog Broad Street Hockey.

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