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Breaking through

Voracek, Giroux have big nights, roster competition heats up as Flyers down Rangers, 4-1

by Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

Playing their final home game of the preseason, the Flyers defeated the New York Rangers, 4-1, at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night. The Flyers improved to 1-2-1 on the preseason, while the Rangers went to 0-3-0.

Flyers stars broke through and competition heats up for limited roster spots as head coach Alain Vigneault takes in the game from above.

Below are other news & notes from the contest:

* Jakub Voracek enjoyed a three-point game with a power play goal (1st) and assists both on the power play and at even strength, while Claude Giroux collected a pair of assists. The Flyers also got goals from James van Riemsdyk, Kevin Hayes and Carsen Twarynski. Video: NYR@PHI: Hayes tips home point shot late in 1st

* Carter Hart played the first and second period for the Flyers, stopping all 11 shots he faced. He has turned back all 25 shots he's faced in 70 minutes of preseason action to date... J-F Berube entered for the third period, denying 7 of 8 shots.  

* The Flyers more than doubled up the Rangers in shots - by a 40 to 19 margin... Igor Sheshterkin got the start in net for the Rangers, and went the distance. He stopped 36 of the 40 Flyer shots.Video: Hear from Konecny, Twarynski and Hart following win

* The Flyers were 2-for-5 on the power play. They went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.

* Even before the game, the odds of a bout between Chris Stewart and Micheal Haley seemed pretty high. Sure enough, the gloves dropped at 1:27, getting a rise from the crowd.

* Matt Niskanen broke up a potential 2-on-1 scoring chance for the Rangers with a diving pokecheck. The play was shaping up to be a very dangerous counter on a Jakub Voracek turnover at the other end.

* Sam Morin rocked Nick Jones with a big hit outside the Flyers blueline after the teams returned to full strength.

* Kevin Hayes made a nice read and tape-to-tape pass from the left half wall to find Mark Friedman pinching in a bit from the right point. Friedman had time and space to blast the puck. Sheshterkin made the save.

* Good neutral zone work by Morgan Frost created the first Flyers power play, as Boo Nieves hooked him and was penalized at. For the first time in the preseason, the Flyers cashed in on the man advantage. JVR tipped the Claude Giroux setup.

* Provorov pinched and drew iron early in the second period after a D-to-D pass from Sanheim... Later in the third period, Farabee remained snakebitten, drawing iron on a prime chance; a regular occurance in camp.

* Frost and Farabee turned in a strong two-way shift near the middle of the period. It started with Frost making a strong defensive play and Farabee claiming the puck for an easy controlled exit. At the other end of the ice, Farabee and Frost showed deft touch-pass skills to create a chance off the rush.

* At 12:58, the Flyers made it 3-0. On a counterattacking sequence, Twarynski shot from the right circle, kept heading to the net and batted in his own rebound. The assists went to Stewart and Laughton. Twarynski had been playing a very involved and active game throughout, and got rewarded. He had a half-dozen shots on goal in eight minutes of ice time across the first and second periods.Video: NYR@PHI: Twarynski knocks own rebound out of midair

* The Rangers made it 4-1 at 15:52. Jones scored off the rush from the deep center slot. The puck went off Sam Morin, off the crossbar and bounced into the net past Berube.

QUOTE SHEET:

HAYES: "We definitely had a talk as a team the other day and we had no practice this morning just a team meeting and went over winning your 1-on-1 battles and playing the right way. Even though it is preseason, it's a step towards the regular season, which is October 4th. I thought tonight was a step towards the right way."

KONECNY: "I didn't feel as bad as I thought I was going to look out there. But there are a few plays that guys were wide open, and I was fumbling the puck, but I'm sure that will come. ...I felt pretty good. Puck races, in that I just wasn't too slow, but just not in the right spots and reading the play quick enough to get there, but I am sure that will come."

VORACEK: "We kind of had the same power play over the last 9 years. We know when we are not doing good and when we are doing good. It's always up to us how we are going to handle those things and those slumps, but it obviously a good thing to get a couple tonight."

FROST: "Every game I'm getting better and more comfortable with [the pace]. I thought I adjusted pretty well to it tonight."

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