Rookie McGinn happy to re-enter Flyers lineup

Rookie McGinn happy to re-enter Flyers lineup

February 22, 2013, 12:00 pm
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In a topsy-turvy kind of shortened season like the Flyers have had with injuries and wildly inconsistent play, lineup changes have become the norm.
 
Yet one of the more puzzling ones this past week saw Tye McGinn scratched for two games – the Islanders and Penguins – in favor of call-up Harry Zolnierczyk.
 
Thursday night, Harry Z was still in the lineup, but so was McGinn, who rejoined Claude Giroux on the top line with Jakub Voracek.
 
McGinn previously played with Giroux and Danny Briere, among other units.
 
He logged 16:14 ice time with two shots.
 
McGinn's re-entry was the direct result of Matt Read, who suffered torn rib cage muscles in the first period of the Flyers’ 6-5 win at Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Read was hit by the Penguins' Chris Kunitz.
 
“You never like to see an injury,” McGinn said of his newfound fortune. “It’s unfortunate. I just gotta go out and do my best, keep working hard, stay positive and take it one game at a time.”
 
The 22-year-old rookie said the game looks a lot different from the press box.
 
“You get a different perspective,” McGinn said. “You pay attention and you get really excited, as well. To watch that game in Pittsburgh, that was something crazy. Just an unbelievable game. Exciting. You want to play. Finally get the opportunity to play tonight, I gotta make the best of it.”
 
McGinn, who has brought a physical presence with nightly energy, not to mention outstanding size (6-foot-3), said he wasn’t stunned to be scratched.
 
Coach Peter Laviolette wanted more speed against the Islanders and inserted Zolnierczyk, one of the fastest forwards in the system, just behind Eric Wellwood.
 
“Whatever makes the team win, right?” McGinn said. “I wasn’t puzzled or shocked. Just try to stay positive throughout this journey.”
 
Interestingly, he was hesitant to say whether he got a good explanation from Laviolette on being scratched.
 
“It was just the team,” he said. “We hadn’t had a couple of wins there and needed to change things up. I don’t know.”
 
The big positive, he said, was the Flyers kept him here instead of sending back to the Phantoms.
 
“You learn little things every day,” McGinn said. “Just being with the NHL guys is a great opportunity. The way the team travels and the way they practice, it’s all the little things taking it in every day and it’s helping a lot.”