PHILADELPHIA -- Claude Giroux has put an early-season slump well behind him. [url=https://www.cheapwarriors.com/1099o-zaza-pach

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PHILADELPHIA -- Claude Giroux has put an early-season slump well behind him. Zaza Pachulia Jersey . At this rate, the Flyers captain is set to be remembered more for a fantastic finish. Giroux and Jakub Voracek each had two goals, and Michael Raffl and Steve Downie also scored to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. Andrew MacDonald had an assist in his first game since he was acquired from the New York Islanders. The Flyers won for the seventh time in eight games and are second in the Metropolitan Division, far removed from the team that started a franchise-worst 1-7. Giroux didnt score a goal in his first 15 games, but now has 23 in 63 games this season. Giroux and Voracek are hot at the right time. "Theyre the leaders of this team," goalie Steve Mason said. "When they are going, everybody follows." The Flyers chased Washington goalie Braden Holtby after taking a 4-0 lead early in the second period. Holtby was replaced by Philipp Grubauer for the rest of the game -- and could face some competition the rest of the season. The Capitals acquired Jaroslav Halak from Buffalo for backup goalie Michal Neuvirth and defenceman Rostislav Klesla at the NHL trade deadline earlier in the day. Alex Ovechkin, Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer nearly rallied the Capitals with three straight goals in the third. Brooks Laich also scored. "Its not how were supposed to start the game," Ovechkin said. "We just have to play better right away." Giroux continued to put a slow start far behind him as he leads the Flyers resurgence. His goals in each of the first two periods gave him nine in the last 11 games. Perhaps fueled by his Olympic snub, he has nine assists over that span, and has again positioned the Flyers as a tough post-season out. Both teams turned back the clock with a line brawl in the first period that saw Washingtons John Erskine and Philadelphias Vincent Lecavalier get tossed. Philadelphias Luke Schenn drilled Ryan Stoa into the boards, then was confronted by Tom Wilson. Wilson, who earned a 10-minute misconduct, fought Schenn while the rest of the lines went at it near the corner boards. Philadelphias Wayne Simmonds tried to pull off Erskine, allowing Lecavalier to get in a free shot. The crowd went wild and helmets littered the ice during the brawl that finally ended with the Flyers short-handed. The Flyers killed the penalty -- and continued to dominate Washington. After three periods, the Flyers had outshot them 23-8. "There was a lot of emotion the first two periods," Giroux said. "There was a lot of good stuff." The ended the first period up 2-0. Sean Couturier freed the puck after a clean hit on Jack Hillen along the boards, and Giroux pounced for his first goal. Voracek scored less than 2 minutes later on a power-play goal, firing from the top of the circle. Mike Greens turnover early in the second led to Girouxs unassisted goal and Halls fifth goal of the season came on a deflection for a 4-0 lead. That was all for Holtby, who allowed four goals on 18 shots. "We didnt come out with enough to let them know that were here," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. The Capitals, just outside the playoff picture at the moment, nearly pulled off an amazing comeback. Ward made it 4-1, Ovechkin scored his 44th goal after the Flyers failed to clear the puck, and Brouwer fired a perfect pass from Hillen past Mason to make it a one-goal game. The Capitals took 12 shots on goal in the first 11 minutes, forcing Flyers coach Craig Berube to call timeout. Voracek gave the Flyers a needed cushion when he raced down the slot and pounded the puck past Grubauer for the 5-3 lead. Laich deflected the puck past Mason with 6 minutes left in the game to make it 5-4. But they could never score the tying goal. Downie capped the scoring with an empty-netter. Both teams were busy leading up to Wednesdays deadline. The Flyers landed MacDonald and sent defenceman Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins for a 2014 third-round draft choice. Washington made two deals Tuesday, adding left wing Dustin Penner in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks, while shipping forward Martin Erat to Phoenix. NOTES: With Halak unavailable, the Capitals recalled Grubauer from Hershey of the American Hockey League before the game. He had been scheduled to make a personal appearance at a Turkey Hill Mini Market in Lancaster, Pa. ... The Flyers won three of five games in the season series. Fake Warriors Jerseys . The 29-year-old German, the 2011 overall World Cup champion, says she has decided "to end my career now. Marc Jackson Jersey . -- The guys in green raced off the court and into the locker room where they danced and sang, compared whose shot was most likely to end up featured on "One Shining Moment," and checked Twitter to see who was giving them a shoutout. https://www.cheapwarriors.com/ . - A retired Indiana school principal who was NASCAR star Jeff Gordons drivers education teacher was killed with his wife in a Tennessee crash while returning from watching Gordon race.PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Cam Heyward has been around long enough to know the drill.No matter whom the fourth-year defensive end stands next to in the huddle Sunday when the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) face the staggering Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3), the way the Steelers go about their business will not change.Sure injured linebackers Jarvis Jones (wrist surgery) and Ryan Shazier (knee sprain) will be missed.It doesnt mean defensive co-ordinator Dick LeBeau is going to hit delete on his playbook and start from scratch for replacements Arthur Moats and Sean Spence, who filled in capably during the final 25 minutes of last Sundays surprisingly easy 37-19 win over Carolina.Its going to definitely be different, Heyward said. But thats just part of the game. Youve got to be ready for it. ... Were definitely not going to shorten the package for them. We fully expect them to step in and play.The game will cap an emotional comeback for Spence, who spent two years slowly recovering from a grisly left knee injury at the end of the 2012 preseason that threatened to end his career. The painful rehab from two torn knee ligaments and extensive nerve damage took its toll on his body and his mind.The moment he runs out of the tunnel at Heinz Field as a starter, he can finally close the page on 25 months that derailed him but did not define him. Spence believes hes as quick as he was before that awkward step against Carolina in August 2012.He believes hes smarter too thanks extensive work in the film room, where he absorbed everything he could from veterans Lawrence Timmons and Larry Foote.Spence is eager to reward the Steelers for their patience. Some teams might have moved on when his recovery slowed to a crawl. Not Pittsburgh.I appreciate that, Spence said. Its time to give it back.Things to look for as the Steelers try to move to 3-1 for the first time since 2010 while the Buccaneers look to avoid a second straight 0-4 start.HUMBLED BUCS: Whatever optimism surrounding Tampa Bay under new coach Lovie Smith vanished during a 56-14 loss to Atlanta last week. Only a pair of meaningless scores in the fourth quarter allowed the Buccaneers to avoid the worst loss in the franchises 38-year history, which is saying something.Steelers coach Mike Tomlin believes Smith will be energized by his teams struggles. Smith prefers to think hes even-keeled, but allows theres only one way to go.Ill just say that were not happy being (0-3) and we want tto get this right, Smith said. Paul Arizin Jersey. I think thats what Mike is saying. Yes, our football team is anxious to play better and see what it feels like to win a football game.FAMILIAR FACES: Tampa Bay should get some needed reinforcements from running back Doug Martin and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who watched the debacle against the Falcons in street clothes due to injury. Martins knee appears to be healthy while McCoy practiced with a protective covering over his injured right hand. Though Smith declined to speculate on their availability, the Steelers remain wary.(Martin) is a quality runner, a one-cut, small and tough target, Tomlin said. I think they call him the muscle hamster. I dont know what that is but it sounds appropriate.FAMILIAR FACES 2.0: The Steelers brought five-time Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison out of a brief 18-day retirement this week to address the loss of Jones, who is out at least eight weeks. The 36-year-old Harrison estimated he could see the field for 2-3 plays against Tampa Bay, but stressed hell need time to get back in football shape.Im going to rewrite the ending (of my career), Harrison said. Lets just see what happens. Well see if the ending is a good one or not. Just being here is good. Lets see if we can make it better.ONE-TWO PUNCH: Pittsburgh has the NFLs top rushing offence behind LeVeon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. Both backs topped 100 yards against the Panthers, the first time two Steelers have done that in the same game in 28 years. Bell, who leads the league in yards from scrimmage, has become an expert at setting up his blockers.Hes been a smart runner since Ive been associated with him, Tomlin said of Bell. I think some of the things he does, he does innately.SHUFFLED DECK: Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo will take over the game planning and play calling full time while offensive co-ordinator Jeff Tedford takes a leave of absence to deal with a health issue. Tampa Bay is 29th in scoring, averaging just 15.8 points a game. Mike Glennon will likely start at quarterback while Josh McCown deals with a hand injury.Once you get that first win, things kind of get rolling, Glennon said. And I think thats the mindset were taking again this year and well work ourselves through it. Its a long season; 13 games left in the season. Ten weeks from now, we wont even remember this.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '

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