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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
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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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