Giroux has three assists in return, Flyers hold off Rangers

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PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux had three assists for the Philadelphia Flyers in his first game back from the NHL COVID-19 protocol list in a 4-3 win against the New York Rangers at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

Shayne Gostisbehere and Erik Gustafsson each had a goal and an assist, and Brian Elliott made 24 saves for Philadelphia (9-4-3).

Chris Kreider scored a hat trick, and Igor Shesterkin made 35 saves for New York (6-8-3), which had won three in a row on the road.

Gustafsson put the Flyers ahead 1-0 at 7:48 of the first period. 

Kreider tied it 1-1 at 9:32, four seconds into a power play after Flyers forward Sean Couturier was called for holding at 9:28.

Gostisbehere put Philadelphia ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal at 15:31. It was the defenseman’s first goal since Dec. 15, 2019.

James van Riemsdyk made it 3-1 at 4:05 of the second period with a power-play goal.

Kreider’s power-play goal at 8:03 cut the lead to 3-2. The forward kicked a pass from Mika Zibanejad onto his stick and scored from the right post.

Kevin Hayes gave the Flyers a 4-2 lead with a goal from a sharp angle, past Shesterkin’s head, at 14:37.

Kreider completed his third NHL hat trick at 3:27 of the third period to make it 4-3.

Rangers forward Artemi Panarin missed his first game since taking a leave of absence for personal reasons Monday in response to a story being reported in Russia that alleged he had a physical altercation with an 18-year-old woman in Riga, Latvia, in 2011.
 

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