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Giroux leads Flyers to 7-0 blowout of Isles

AP Sports Writer

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Claude Giroux had seen enough once the
Philadelphia Flyers absorbed a one-sided defeat to Montreal in
the midst of an already tough trip.

The new captain met with his club for a few minutes Saturday and
told his teammates the effort and production weren't good enough
from anyone - including himself.

The message wasn't kept behind closed doors. Giroux made a
public declaration that things had to change quickly. In his
first chance to put his words into action, Giroux led by
brilliant example.

Giroux scored 26 seconds into Monday's matinee against the New
York Islanders, and added a goal and assist in the second period
of the Flyers' 7-0 victory.

Giroux combined with linemates Matt Read and Jake Voracek for
three goals and 10 points as Philadelphia (7-9-1) earned just
its third road win in 12 away games this season.

"We played with attitude. High intensity, and played as a team,"
Giroux said. "That's how we have to play - a full 60 minutes. We
didn't let down and we wanted to win. I think it showed."

Read had a goal and two assists, and Voracek - added to the line
late in Saturday's loss - had a career-high four assists. Ilya
Bryzgalov made 19 saves for his first shutout of the season and
30th in the NHL.

The Flyers blocked 23 shots in front of him.

Giroux led from the opening shift that included a hit on
Islanders star John Tavares before starting the scoring. He
hadn't scored in seven games, and netted only one goal in 14
after posting a goal in each of Philadelphia's first two games.

"When you're a young guy and you become captain, it's a pretty
heavy weight sometimes," veteran forward Mike Knuble said. "A
lot of the extra things that go along with being captain maybe
drag you down a little bit and maybe make you feel like you're
playing with a lot on your back.

"You could tell that he got something out of his system and was
playing like the point-per-game guy that he is."

Zac Rinaldo scored his first of the season, and third of his NHL
career, to make it 5-0 at 3:31 of the third. Danny Briere scored
twice in the final period - first on a power play with 9:33 left
and then with 2:14 remaining.

"Everybody took a good hard look in the mirror," Briere said.
"(The meeting) wasn't very long, but it was to the point, saying
that we need everybody to get into the game. What he did the
last few years for this team, I think he earned a lot of respect
throughout the room.

"He could've done the same thing without being captain and I
think everybody would've responded the same way."

In between Giroux's goals, Read and Brayden Schenn scored for
the Flyers, who had lost three of the first four on a six-game
trip that ends Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

"You'd like to bottle it up and carry it right into Pitt," coach
Peter Laviolette said.

Evgeni Nabokov played better than his statistics showed and made
18 saves for New York (6-8-1). He kept the Islanders in it
during the first period that was dominated by Philadelphia.

"Our battle level was nowhere near where it had to be,"
Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "We have to find better ways
to find it. We have to generate more.

"Nabby has been there for us. I didn't think of taking him out."

The Flyers connected just 15 seconds into the second when Read
scored his seventh, putting in a rebound of Giroux's shot.
Schenn scored a power-play goal at 7:57, and Giroux connected
again with 5:15 left.

Philadelphia scored three times on just six second-period shots.

The Islanders couldn't sustain momentum generated by wins over
the rival New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils in their
previous two games following a five-game losing streak. While
the Flyers will soon be heading home, the Islanders begin a
three-game trip at Ottawa on Tuesday.

"We have to just put this behind us," Islanders captain Mark
Streit said. "We were terrible start to finish. This was not
acceptable in any way. We have a chance to get a good night's
sleep and come out strong (Tuesday)."

The Islanders had been riding a hot power-play unit that scored
on seven of 12 chances the previous three games, but it failed
them during a 5-on-3 advantage that lasted a full two minutes in
the first and generated only one shot.

"That was a huge momentum swing on our part," Briere said.

NOTES: It was Philadelphia's most lopsided regular-season
shutout win since topping Atlanta 7-0 on Oct. 28, 2008. ... The
Flyers have scored 14 goals in road wins over the Islanders and
Florida this season, but have netted only 15 in their other nine
road games. ... The Flyers have gone six consecutive games
without allowing a power-play goal (21-for-21). They have killed
38 of 40 over 10 games. ... Tavares was chosen as the NHL's
first star of past week after scoring five goals and adding two
assists in three games. ... Islanders D Brian Strait injured his
left ankle during the second period when he appeared to catch
his skate in the ice without being hit and crashed into the
boards. After the game, the team learned Strait had fractured
his left ankle and he was placed on the injured list. The
Islanders activated defenseman Radek Martinek from the injured
list. ... Rinaldo hadn't scored since March 15, 2012, also
against the Islanders.

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