Philadelphia at Arizona

Giroux scores twice, Flyers beat Coyotes 5-2

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers struggled to start the season and have seen one goalie after another go down with injuries.

They kept battling and now are back to .500 after earning seven of a possible eight points on a just-completed road trip.

Claude Giroux had two goals and an assist, Calvin Pickard stopped 35 shots and the Flyers beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Monday night.

Once 4-7, Philadelphia went 3-0-1 on a swing through California and Arizona to get its season headed back in the right direction.

''Tonight for sure wasn't our prettiest game, but we found a way to win,'' coach Dave Hakstol said. ''There's a lot of strengths that we like out of this road trip and there's a lot of areas we can look at and try to improve as well.''

The Flyers jumped on the Coyotes early, going up 2-0 after first-period goals from Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere. Sean Couturier also scored and Oskar Lindblom added an empty-net goal to help the Flyers end Arizona's five-game winning streak.

''We probably needed a little more from a couple of guys, but the main part, I thought we battled back,'' Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. ''In the third period, we had our chances, they scored on theirs.''

Pickard made his second straight start after Michael Neuvirth was placed on injured reserve and Brian Elliott was injured in a collision with teammate Travis Konecny during practice Sunday.

Pickard was sharp most of the night, giving up Alex Galchenyuk's power-play goal in the second period and Michael Grabner's goal late in the third after giving up four goals in an overtime loss to San Jose on Sunday.

''It's good to get in a rhythm for sure,'' Picard said after his fifth start of the season. ''I'm starting to get more comfortable and I thought the last two were my best two so far.''

The Coyotes went on a scoring binge during their win streak, outscoring opponents 24-7 over five games, including four straight games with at least three goals in the first period.

Philadelphia had the jump early in this one, though, scoring midway through the first on a shot by Giroux from the blue line that goalie Darcy Kuemper had trouble seeing through traffic.

Gostisbehere scored from near the same spot on a power play late in the period on a shot that caromed off Arizona center Derek Stepan's stick past Kuemper.

''It was a tough bounce,'' Kuemper said. ''Everyone's trying to do the right thing and it kind of takes a weird deflection, but what can you do? You just have to keep working and get back into it.''

The Coyotes did 64 seconds into the second period on a power play, when Galchenyuk wristed a shot from the right circle past Pickard, who was screened by Christian Fischer.

Couturier put Philadelphia back up two goals, shooting into an open net from the right circle after Grabner collided with Kuemper and knocked him out of the crease.

Giroux put the game out of reach with his sixth goal of the season in the third period, using a deke to beat Kuemper after a feed from Wayne Simmonds.

''We're happy about our road trip here, but we can't be satisfied,'' Lindblom said. ''We have to come home and have a good stretch and build on this road trip, keep climbing in the standings.''

NOTES: The Flyers called up Alex Lyon from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to shore up their lack of depth at goalie. ... Coyotes D Kevin Connauton returned after missing two games with an illness. ... The Flyers have allowed a power-play goal in eight straight games. ... Arizona's run of four straight games with a short-handed goal ended.

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Scoreboard
Philadelphia  (7-7-1) «2125
Arizona (7-6-0)0112
Three Stars
C. Giroux
PHI


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
C. Pickard
PHI


Saves: 34
Save Pct.: .944
A. Galchenyuk
ARI


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:34 - Claude Giroux (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Couturier, Gostisbehere
19:10Power Play - Shayne Gostisbehere (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Giroux, Konecny
2ND PERIOD
01:14Power Play - Alex Galchenyuk (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Ekman-Larsson, Keller
17:05 - Sean Couturier (5), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
3RD PERIOD
06:35 - Claude Giroux (6), Backhand Shot. Assist: Simmonds
14:04 - Michael Grabner (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Panik, Connauton
18:11 - Oskar Lindblom (4), Empty Net. Assist: Patrick, Voracek
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1ST PERIOD
16:09Connauton, 2 min, Tripping
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05:57Galchenyuk, 2 min, Holding
10:01Laughton, 2 min, Slashing
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10:50Folin, 2 min, Holding
19:40Crouse, 2 min, Interference
19:40Folin, 2 min, Cross Checking
19:40Crouse, 2 min, Roughing
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20:00Gudas, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Connauton, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Connauton, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Gudas, 2 min, Roughing
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