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Jay Rosehill celebrates his first-period goal that gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead in their 4-2 win Saturday. (USA Today Images)
You knew Claude Giroux was going to snap his goal slump when enforcer Jay Rosehill got a goal at the start of a hockey game.
Rosehill got a fight too. All he needed was an assist in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Edmonton (see story) to complete a Gordie Howe hat trick.
“Yeah big time, I wanted to use my opportunity in the lineup to help the guys out,” Rosehill said, “and if our line is on the forecheck like that, I think we can create some offense once in a while.
“It was a bonus to get one early. I was just going to the net, and things happen when you do that. I was hoping [Mark Streit] saw me and I didn’t have to do much once he made that pass.”
Streit set up Rosehill’s goal and one by Scott Hartnell as well.
“I thought that line was pretty good,” Streit said. “They chipped it in. Rosehill made a great forecheck and recovered the puck, he got it up to [Nick] Grossmann and he made a nice play to me. I saw Rosehill going to the net all of the way.
“I just passed it to him, and he and I had a really nice deflection. It was really important, and good for our confidence to get the lead.”
Rosehill’s last goal came last April 4 for the Flyers against his former team, the Maple Leafs, in Toronto. He snapped an 18-game skid Saturday.
“He plays so hard,” Streit said. “Sometimes he plays five minutes, sometimes less, sometimes more. He scored a goal and had a big fight. He’s a big part of our locker room. It’s great to have him on the team. He gives us a lot of positive energy out there.”
Rosehill said he felt good for Giroux, who saw his 21-game goal drought end in the third period.
“It was big,” Rosehill said. “The bench was really happy, guys were all pumped up, he had a big smile on his face. A guy like him isn’t going to be scoreless very often, and to get one like that, a nice goal that we needed was big. So I’d expect him to start rolling now.”