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Caps Fall After Flyers Take An Early Lead

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 27: Luke Schenn #22 of the Philadelphia Flyers takes the puck as Matt Hendricks #26 of the Washington Capitals defends on February 27, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – FEBRUARY 27: Luke Schenn #22 of the Philadelphia Flyers takes the puck as Matt Hendricks #26 of the Washington Capitals defends on February 27, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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PHILADELPHIA — Claude Giroux scored 23 seconds in, and Simon Gagne added a goal in his first game back with the Flyers as Philadelphia rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.

Wayne Simmonds gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead less than four minutes later, and Gagne scored his first goal of the season in the second period, one day after being reacquired by the Flyers from the Los Angeles Kings.

Max Talbot stretched the advantage to 4-0 in the second, chasing goalie Braden Holtby to the bench just one day following his home shutout of Carolina. Talbot’s slap shot hit the camera inside the net and quickly ricocheted out.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 23 saves and was in line for a shutout until Joel Ward tipped in his own deflection with 2:09 left to cut the Capitals’ deficit to 4-1.

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