Read, Giroux lead Philadelphia past New Jersey

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PHILADELPHIA — Matt Read and Claude Giroux both scored goals in the shootout to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Read beat Johan Hedberg on the first shot and New Jersey’s Ilya Kovalchuk matched him. Giroux scored the second shootout goal, and David Clarkson and Patrik Elias both failed in their attempts against Ilya Bryzgalov.

The slumping Flyers badly need this win following a 5-2 loss to the Devils on Wednesday. The Flyers are still on the outside of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Max Talbot scored in regulation for the Flyers and Clarkson had a goal for the Devils.

Bryzgalov finished with 26 saves, coming up big in all types of situations.

The Flyers’ penalty kill, which staved off a 5-on-3 in the first period, was clutch in the closing minutes of regulation. Brayden Schenn was whistled for charging with 1:42 left, but the Devils couldn’t convert. They attacked Bryzgalov and one puck got loose and trickled just outside the post, that had Flyers fans gasping as the final seconds ticked off.

COYOTES: Signed defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson to a six-year contract extension.

General manager Don Maloney announced the long-term deal, but didn’t disclose any financial details.

The Arizona Republic reported the extension is worth $33 million.

The 21-year-old Ekman-Larsson has three goals and 14 assists in 27 games this season and leads the Coyotes in ice time at 25:07 per game.

SABRES: Traded defenseman T.J. Brennan to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft.

Brennan had one goal in 10 games this season. He also had a goal in 11 games with Buffalo last season.


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