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Giroux has 2 goals and Flyers clinch playoff spot with 5-2 win over Panthers

Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 10:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Giroux has 2 goals and Flyers clinch playoff spot with 5-2 win over Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. - Claude Giroux scored two goals and the Philadelphia Flyers clinched a Stanley Cup playoff berth by beating the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Tuesday.

Tye McGinn, Sean Couturier and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Flyers and Steve Mason made 38 saves.

The Flyers won their second consecutive game after losing the four previous games.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Erik Gudbranson scored goals for Florida and Dan Ellis stopped 22 shots. Ellis substituted for Roberto Luongo, a late scratch with an upper-body injury. The Panthers have lost six of their past seven games.

The Flyers scored four goals in the second period, including three on their first four shots.

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It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun..

— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday