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When Matt Read scores, the Flyers usually are rewarded with benefits in the standings
Monday, 01.20.2014 / 5:25 PM ET
By Anthony SanFilippo - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter / Flyers Inside Out
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Matt Read didn’t have a bet with the coach of the Iceland hockey team, and no, he doesn’t want the nickname Gordon Bombay.

But when he plays the New York Islanders, he simply finds ways to score, whether by knuckle puck or by hitting three bars – as he did in the Flyers 4-3 shootout loss to New York Monday.

Read scored two goals Monday – his third two-goal game this season. One goal was shorthanded, the other even strength. Both came courtesy of power moves down the left wing and sniper-skill shots to the top corners of the net.

The shorty went far side off the right post to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the second period. The 5-on-5 tally hit left post, crossbar and plopped down into the net. He now has 15 points (10 goals, 5 assists) in 14 career games against the Isles.

“That’s pretty cool, I didn’t know that,” said Read, who has returned from missing two weeks with concussion-like symptoms to accrue four points (three goals) in four games. “I just try to do the same ritual and prepare to do the same thing every game no matter who we play. I just want to help the team win. I guess I’ve been getting a couple lucky bounces against these guys.”

Read now has 23 points in 43 games, which is somewhat on par with his totals from the first two seasons of his career. It’s an average of .535 points per game. In 164 career games, Read is averaging .573 points per game.

This season alone, the Flyers are 8-1-1 in games Read scores a goal. They were 7-1-1 last season. In his career the Flyers are 30-8-3 when he scores… so he does have a significant impact on games.

The Flyers are going to need his continued productivity to help balance the lineup. The Flyers are getting a lot of offense from their top two lines, but could use an influx from the third line, which Read is on with Sean Couturier and Vinny Lecavalier.

If the Flyers can get that trio going, coach Craig Berube will be able to roll three lines with scoring ability pretty regularly, and that can only bode well for the team.

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The Flyers lost top line winger Jake Voracek early in the third period after he appeared to be slashed across the left hand by Cal Clutterbuck at the end of a Flyers power play.

Voracek skated quickly to the bench where he was examined briefly by trainer Jim McCrossin before heading down the tunnel to the locker room.

Voracek returned to the bench later in the period, but never took another shift. He left the ice again at the end of regulation.

General manager Paul Holmgren released an injury update that called Voracek’s injury an upper-body injury and said he would be evaluated by team doctors when the team returned to Philadelphia.

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen also missed some time in the game as did forward Brayden Schenn, however, both players are fine and were just dealing with skate issue.

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NOTES: The Flyers have points in four straight games (2-0-2)… Ray Emery made 40 saves and was the hard luck loser for the Flyers… The shootout went four rounds. New York won the shootout 3-2. Claude Giroux and Read scored for the Flyers. Vinny Lecavalier and Sean Couturier missed… The Flyers are now 3-5 this season in shootouts, 27-48 lifetime… Wayne Simmonds scored again and now has 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in the last 17 games for the Flyers… The Flyers (25-19-6, 56 points) sit alone in third place in the Metropolitan Division, one point behind the second-place New York Rangers with a game-in-hand. The also hold a four point lead over Washington, who is currently the first team outside of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference…. Tuesday’s game against Carolina will likely go on as scheduled despite the impending snow storm.

To contact Anthony SanFilippo, email asanfilippo@comcast-spectacor.com or follow him on Twitter @InsideTheFlyers

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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