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Gagne helps earn win in Philly return

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.

at Flyers 2 2 0 4
Capitals 0 0 1 1

First Period1, Philadelphia, Giroux 7 (Hartnell), :23. 2, Philadelphia, Simmonds 8 (Hartnell, Giroux), 4:04 (pp). PenaltiesRibeiro, Was (hooking), 2:57; Zolnierczyk, Phi (hooking), 5:13.

Second Period3, Philadelphia, Gagne 1 (B.Schenn, Briere), 3:54 (pp). 4, Philadelphia, Talbot 1 (L.Schenn, Gervais), 14:55. PenaltiesWard, Was (boarding), 1:55; Coburn, Phi (high-sticking), 4:25.

Third Period5, Washington, Ward 6 (Poti, Beagle), 17:51. PenaltiesRibeiro, 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 GoalWashington 9-3-12—24. Philadelphia 10-12-10—32. Power-play opportunitiesWashington 0 of 3; Philadelphia 2 of 3. GoaliesWashington, Holtby 6-7-0 (18 shots-14 saves), Grubauer (14:55 second, 14-14). Philadelphia, Bryzgalov 10-9-1 (24-23).

Canadiens 1 1 3 5
at Leafs 1 1 0 2

First Period1, Toronto, McLaren 2 (Brown, McClement), 13:44. 2, Montreal, Emelin 1 (Armstrong, Moen), 16:56. PenaltiesBrown, Tor, served by Kessel, major-game misconduct (check from behind), 19:22.

Second Period3, Montreal, Pacioretty 5 (Subban, Markov), 4:17 (pp). 4, Toronto, MacArthur 5 (Kadri, Franson), 15:47. PenaltiesEmelin, Mon (interference), 19:47.

Third Period5, Montreal, Gallagher 6 (Gorges, Desharnais), 9:08. 6, Montreal, Pacioretty 6 (Desharnais), 14:26. 7, Montreal, Gionta 4, 17:34 (en). PenaltiesNone. Missed Penalty ShotGrabovski, Tor, 11:45 second. Shots on GoalMontreal 11-17-12—40. Toronto 4-8-11—23. Power-play opportunitiesMontreal 1 of 2; Toronto 0 of 1. GoaliesMontreal, Price 11-3-2 (23 shots-21 saves). Toronto, Scrivens 6-6-0 (39-35).

Gagne helps earn win in Philly return 02/27/13 [Last modified: Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:15am]
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