Giroux scores twice, Flyers beat Coyotes 5-2

Giroux scores twice, Flyers beat Coyotes 5-2
Philadelphia Flyers' Travis Konecny (11) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Claude Giroux had two goals and an assist, Calvin Pickard stopped 35 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers ended the Arizona Coyotes’ five-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory Monday night.

The Flyers jumped on the Coyotes early, going up 2-0 after first-period goals from Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere. Sean Couturier also scored and Oskar Lindblom added an empty-net goal for Philadelphia, which completed its four-game trip 3-0-1.

Pickard made his second straight start after Michael Neuvirth was placed on injured reserve and Brian Elliott was injured colliding with teammate Travis Konecny during practice Sunday.

Pickard was sharp most of the night, giving up Alex Galchenyuk’s power-play goal in the second period and Michael Grabner’s goal late in the third.

The Coyotes went on a scoring binge during their win streak, outscoring opponents 24-7 over five games, including four straight games with at least three goals in the first period.

Philadelphia had the jump early in this one, though, scoring midway through the first period on a shot by Giroux from the blue line that goalie Darcy Kuemper had trouble seeing through traffic.

Gostisbehere scored from near the same spot on a power play late in the period on a shot that caromed off Arizona center Derek Stepan’s stick past Kuemper.

The Coyotes pulled within one 64 seconds into the second period on a power play, when Galchenyuk wristed a shot from the right circle past Pickard, who was screened by Christian Fischer.

Couturier put Philadelphia back up two goals, shooting into an open net from the right circle after Grabner collided with Kuemper and knocked him out of the crease.

Giroux put the game out of reach with his sixth goal of the season in the third period, using a deke to beat Kuemper after a feed from Wayne Simmonds.

Notes: The Flyers called up Alex Lyon from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to shore up their lack of depth at goalie. … Coyotes D Kevin Connauton returned after missing two games with an illness. … The Flyers have allowed a power-play goal in eight straight games. … Arizona’s run of four straight games with a short-handed goal ended.


The Flyers and Coyotes meet against on Thursday in Philadelphia.


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