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Giroux, Flyers roast Islanders 7-0

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Claude Giroux sounded like a captain Saturday night when he blasted the effort of his Philadelphia Flyers teammates.

On Monday afternoon, Giroux played like a captain and spearheaded the type of performance that might turn around the Flyers' season.

Giroux scored the first of his two goals just 26 seconds into the game to begin the Flyers' 7-0 rout of the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

The win was the Flyers' most lopsided since a 9-2 trouncing of Columbus on Nov. 5, 2011.

"It was a complete game today," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "It started with the first shift and ended when the horn sounded 60 minutes later. A real complete game in all three zones."

The Flyers (7-9-1) entered the game just 1-3 on a season-long six-game road trip in which they were being outscored 16-9. Giroux, who was named the Flyers' captain at the start of the season, said after a 4-1 loss to Montreal Saturday that the Flyers were "not competing" and that "it's just frustrating to see. I know it has to be better."

Giroux wasted no time making things better Monday when he snapped a seven-game goal-scoring drought and registered a season-high three points.

"I think as a team, we weren't satisfied how we were showing up (for) every game and how we played as a team," Giroux said. "I think it wasn't acceptable. And tonight, you saw everybody coming out, everybody was paying the price, everybody wanted to win. It's a lot more fun to play like that. And we're gonna keep playing like that."

The Flyers' top line of Giroux (two goals, one assist), Matt Read (one goal, two assist) and Jakub Voracek (four assists) combined for 10 points.

"That first shift, I think, was really important by Claude's line," Laviolette said. "Not only did they score the goal, they were physical right off the bat and set (the tone)."

Both of Giroux's goals were set up by Read. In the first, Read's slapshot bounced off the skate of the Islanders' Andrew McDonald and trickled to Giroux, who beat Evgeni Nabokov (18 saves) from point-blank range.

Giroux extended the Flyers' lead to 4-0 with 5:15 left in the second, when he was in perfect position to take the rebound of a Read shot and poke it into the left corner of the net.

That goal capped a three-score second period for the Flyers, who went up 2-0 just 15 seconds into the period when Read put back a Giroux shot.

Danny Briere added two third period goals while Brayden Schenn and Zac Rinaldo also scored for the Flyers, who improved to 3-8 on the road in front of a sellout crowd of 16,170 that was, by the end of the afternoon, a decidedly pro-Flyers group. Several thousand orange-clad Philadelphia fans made the short trek to Long Island and filled the aging Coliseum with chants of "Let's go Flyers!" during the final minutes.

Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 19 shots to record his 30th career shutout and his first since last March 13.

Listening to the opposing fans take over the building was just the final indignity in an embarrassing afternoon for the Islanders (6-8-1), who saw their two-game winning streak snapped in their most lopsided loss since a 9-0 defeat at the hands of Carolina on Apr. 7, 2009.

"They manhandled us," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "That, to me, is controllable. That's your work ethic. That's your battle level. That's what's unacceptable."

The Islanders finished 0 for 4 on the power play and set the tone for the afternoon by getting just one shot during a 5-on-3 advantage in the first period.

The news got worse for the Islanders in the second period, when defenseman Brian Strait suffered an ankle injury and did not return. Capuano said after the game he expected Strait to be out "for a while."

The shutout defeat brought an end to a career-high five-game goal-scoring streak for Islanders center John Tavares, who was named the NHL's first star of the week last week after he scored five goals. The included the game-winner in a shootout against the New York Rangers on Thursday and three goals in Saturday's win over the New Jersey Devils. In all, he collected seven points in three games.

Notes: The Islanders scratched winger Eric Boulton, defenseman Thomas Hickey and center Marty Reasoner while the Flyers scratched defenseman Kurtis Foster and wingers Tye McGinn and Tom Sestito. ... Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner was out for the sixth straight game due to a lower body injury. He's expected to return to action sometime this week. ... Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, who coached the Islanders to consecutive playoff berths before he was fired following the 2002-03 season, entered Monday with a 20-10-0-3 record against the Islanders with the Carolina Hurricanes and Flyers. ... The 1 p.m. ET start was the third for the Islanders, who will play eight matinees this year. For the Flyers, Monday marked the fourth of their 10 afternoon faceoffs.
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