PHILADELPHIA — Simon Gagne, back with the team for which he played 10 seasons, scored to help the Flyers beat the Capitals 4-1 Wednesday.
Gagne played for the Flyers until being traded to the Lightning in 2010. He spent the past two seasons with the Kings, who traded him Tuesday. Gagne took a red-eye to Philadelphia. And in front of hundreds of fans wearing his No. 12 jersey, his power-play goal during the second made it 3-0. It was Gagne's first goal since Nov. 17, 2011.
"It felt almost like I never left," said Gagne, a healthy scratch for his past five games with Los Angeles. "Just walking in the building before the game, knowing everyone … the nice welcome I got during the warmup and after the first five minutes of the period. It's almost like coming back home."
The evening included a highlight video of Gagne's first stint with the Flyers shown in the first.
"He's a guy that's well-known here and well-loved," said Max Talbot, whose second-period goal made it 4-0 and chased Braden Holtby. "It brought a lot of energy and passion to the game. He was making plays out there, so he definitely gave us a big momentum."
Game highlights: Max Pacioretty scored twice as the visiting Canadiens beat the Maple Leafs 5-2. Toronto won the teams' last meeting, 6-0 on Feb. 9. Since then, Montreal is 7-0-2.
Around the league: Canucks center Ryan Kesler, who missed the season's first 12 games after offseason shoulder surgery, will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken right foot. Vancouver said it was unsure when Kesler, whose 28 goals last season were second on the team, was hurt. … Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski will miss 4-6 weeks with a broken right foot. Wisniewski, who has three goals and six assists and is third on the team with an average ice time of 23:32, was struck by a shot Sunday. … Oilers backup goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, 40, went on injured reserve with a groin injury sustained Monday against the Blackhawks. … The Blues put wings Alexander Steen (upper-body) and Andy McDonald (left knee) on injured reserve. Both were hurt during Tuesday's practice. Steen leads St. Louis with 16 points on four goals and 12 assists.
First Period—1, Philadelphia, Giroux 7 (Hartnell), :23. 2, Philadelphia, Simmonds 8 (Hartnell, Giroux), 4:04 (pp). Penalties—Ribeiro, Was (hooking), 2:57; Zolnierczyk, Phi (hooking), 5:13.
Second Period—3, Philadelphia, Gagne 1 (B.Schenn, Briere), 3:54 (pp). 4, Philadelphia, Talbot 1 (L.Schenn, Gervais), 14:55. Penalties—Ward, Was (boarding), 1:55; Coburn, Phi (high-sticking), 4:25.
Third Period—5, Washington, Ward 6 (Poti, Beagle), 17:51. Penalties—Ribeiro, Was, served by Chimera, minor-misconduct (unsportsmanlike conduct), 4:15; Ovechkin, Was (roughing), 19:35; Rinaldo, Phi (roughing), 19:35; Zolnierczyk, Phi, major-game misconduct (kneeing), 19:35. Shots on Goal—Washington 9-3-12—24. Philadelphia 10-12-10—32. Power-play opportunities—Washington 0 of 3; Philadelphia 2 of 3. Goalies—Washington, Holtby 6-7-0 (18 shots-14 saves), Grubauer (14:55 second, 14-14). Philadelphia, Bryzgalov 10-9-1 (24-23).
First Period—1, Toronto, McLaren 2 (Brown, McClement), 13:44. 2, Montreal, Emelin 1 (Armstrong, Moen), 16:56. Penalties—Brown, Tor, served by Kessel, major-game misconduct (check from behind), 19:22.
Second Period—3, Montreal, Pacioretty 5 (Subban, Markov), 4:17 (pp). 4, Toronto, MacArthur 5 (Kadri, Franson), 15:47. Penalties—Emelin, Mon (interference), 19:47.
Third Period—5, Montreal, Gallagher 6 (Gorges, Desharnais), 9:08. 6, Montreal, Pacioretty 6 (Desharnais), 14:26. 7, Montreal, Gionta 4, 17:34 (en). Penalties—None. Missed Penalty Shot—Grabovski, Tor, 11:45 second. Shots on Goal—Montreal 11-17-12—40. Toronto 4-8-11—23. Power-play opportunities—Montreal 1 of 2; Toronto 0 of 1. Goalies—Montreal, Price 11-3-2 (23 shots-21 saves). Toronto, Scrivens 6-6-0 (39-35).