McGinn scores in first game back with Flyers
Tye McGinn scored in his first game with the Flyers of the 2013-14 season. (USA Today Images)
Among the surprises in what was a terrible Flyers training camp earlier this fall was the early dismissal of forward Tye McGinn.
He was sent back to the Phantoms without much of a chance to play in crunch time at preseason’s end. In fact, the man who battled him for a roster spot, Michael Raffl, was also dispatched early.
Both players returned to the Flyers on Saturday in Detroit as injury call-ups. McGinn, playing on Claude Giroux’s line with Jakub Voracek, had an impact with a goal and three shots while playing almost 17 minutes.
“It felt good to be back,” McGinn said. “It’s the NHL and where I want to be. We didn’t get the win, but we got to take some of the positives out of there. Most of the guys played pretty good … we just got to find ways to win.”
McGinn had a nifty backhander from close range on Wings goalie Jimmy Howard in the third period for his goal. He previously had a very good scoring chance on a spin-o-rama move early in opening period from the slot that could just as easily have been a goal, as well.
At even strength, the Flyers played well against the Red Wings. They were simply dreadful, however, on special teams, as their penalty kill allowed three goals and their own power play went 0 for 4.
“We had them pinned in their own end the whole time,” the 23-year-old said. “That’s how you have to win hockey games. We ran into some penalty trouble.”
Recall last March 24, when McGinn made an injury-recall appearance against the Rangers and played that night on Giroux’s line with Voracek.
He was minus-2 and sent to Peter Laviolette’s dog house where he then sat three games in the press box before being loaned back to the Phantoms.
McGinn is hoping that this time he sticks around on the first line with Giroux.
“It’s awesome – he’s a great player, especially with Voracek there on the right,” McGinn said of his second chance. “You got to just find your way to the net and get your stick down and good things will happen.”
His attitude is very good. He said he’s pushed his training camp experience aside and moved on.
“At the end of the day, I have to come in, work hard, and it was in the best interest of the Philadelphia Flyers, at the time,” he said. “I accepted that. I tried to go down and improve my game. I’ve got an opportunity to do well, play my game …
“It was a good camp. Everybody was out there trying to prove themselves. Not everyone is going to make it. It was a short camp for me, but I finished out the remainder of the AHL camp and tried to get better.”
McGinn is here for the foreseeable future while Scott Hartnell remains sidelined 2-4 weeks with an upper-body injury.
This figures to be a pretty good opportunity for him to show he belongs.