Monday, November 30, 2015

Jagr, Bryz, Rinaldo a laughfest

Suddenly, the Flyers’ locker room has become filled with quote machines.

Jagr, Bryz, Rinaldo a laughfest


   Suddenly, the Flyers’ locker room has become filled with quote machines.

   There was colorful, laugh-out loud stuff coming from the team after Monday’s 5-3 exhibition win over the New York Rangers.

   And Chris Pronger, the mouth that roared, wasn’t even there.

  There was Jaromir Jagr, who had two goals and an assist, responding to a question about teammate Claude Giroux.

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   “Does Giroux remind you of anyone?” he was asked.

     “(Me) when I was younger,” said a smiling Jagr, who had two power-play goals and an assist.

    He later called Giroux (three assists) “a little Mario Lemieux.”

     There was new goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who was asked his impressions of the Flyers-Rangers rivalry.

      “It seems like there’s going to be lots of murders,” Bryzgalov said.  “Make sure we have enough ambulances.”

    There was rookie winger Zac Rinaldo, who may become the team’s enforcer by default because of a suspension to Jody Shelley and a probable suspension of Tom Sestito.

     Asked about his first-period bout in which he pounded Dale Weise, Rinaldo said, “I haven’t fought for a while, actually. In the playoffs I didn’t fight at all, and in the summer I’ve been itching for it. So I kind of felt bad for the guy who first asked me” to fight.

    Yes, it’s going to be an entertaining season.

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The Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds and the Rangers’ Sean Avery got into a scuffle and shouting match in the first period.

Avery said Simmonds called him a homophobic name. Simmonds said Avery called him

“something I wasn’t happy with,” but wouldn’t elaborate.

 In his previous game, Simmonds had a banana thrown at him in London, Ontario, an action that was believed to be racially motivated. Simmonds is one of the league’s few black players.

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Breakaways.  Brayden Schenn, who suffered an upper-body injury in Monday’s third period, will probably miss Thursday’s exhibition for precautionary reasons. GM Paul Holmgren says the injury isn’t serious…..Matt Read had a goal and an assist and leads the Flyers with six preseason points……D Matt Walker was plus-2 and blocked three shots….Sean Couturier won eight of 12 faceoffs….Giroux won 14 of 19 (74 percent) faceoffs, and Danny Briere won 10 of 14 (71 percent) (67 percent)….Briere had three assists….The Flyers, winners on 65 percent of the faceoffs, are 3-1-1 on the preseason.

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