Flyers' offense clicks again in win over Senators

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Flyers' offense clicks again in win over Senators

OTTAWA -- Some nifty goals during the Flyers' 5-0 rout over the Senators (see Instant Replay)

And they came on a couple of wraparounds and a big night from Jakub Voracek against Craig Anderson.

The first goal of the game was strange because when Steve Downie shot the puck over the net, it didn’t carom correctly, but instead died behind the net.

That’s where Matt Read went for the kill on the first wraparound.

“Coots (Sean Couturier) made a good pass to Downie in the slot there and Downie shot but missed the net,” Read said.

“I think the puck hit one of the partitions behind the net. The goalie, I think, might have been a little out of position, looking the other way thinking the puck went all the way around the boards but it just stayed behind the net.

“I was lucky enough to get the puck right on my forehand to try for a wraparound and it hit his back foot, and luckily it just slid in.”

Voracek made it 2-0 with his wraparound during the first shift of the second period.

“We did a good job of cycling the puck,” Voracek said. “Hartsy (Scott Hartnell) timed his pass very well behind the net and I was able to stuff it in. I saw Anderson couldn't make it to the other side and I just tried to put it in and it finally went in.”

Voracek also had a power-play goal that period, making it 3-0, off a brilliant feed in the paint from Wayne Simmonds, who was all over the ice and had four shots through 40 minutes.

“We worked on that in practice,” Voracek said. “G (Claude Giroux) went down with Simmer. Simmer said he was going to try and get it to me because it was an empty-netter and that's exactly what happened.”

Flyers begin 2017-18 season out West, face Vegas for 1st time in February

Flyers begin 2017-18 season out West, face Vegas for 1st time in February

For the second straight year, the Flyers are beginning the season out West.

The NHL on Thursday released its 2017-18 schedule and as reported Wednesday, the Flyers open the season in San Jose on Oct. 4 as part of a four-game road trip that includes games in Los Angeles, Anaheim and concludes in Nashville on Oct. 10.

They'll return home on Oct. 14 for their home opener against the Washington Capitals that kickstarts a five-game homestand (see story). The Flyers will host the Islanders on Black Friday.

Flyers fans will have to wait a while for their first taste of the Vegas Golden Knights. The Flyers will face the Golden Knights for the first time on Feb. 11 in Vegas.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and the Golden Knights come to Philadelphia on March 12

The Flyers will end the season at home against the New York Rangers.

You can see the Flyers' full schedule here.

NHL Notes: Oilers trade Jordan Eberle to Islanders

NHL Notes: Oilers trade Jordan Eberle to Islanders

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers have traded forward Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Ryan Strome.

Eberle has 165 goals and 217 assists over 507 career NHL games, all with Edmonton. He has scored at least 20 goals in each of the past four seasons, and had a career-high 34 in 2011-12.

The Oilers selected Eberle with the 22nd-overall pick in the 2008 NHL draft.

Strome was selected fifth overall by the Islanders in 2011. He has 45 goals and 81 assists in 258 career games with the Isles (see full story).

Panthers: Former Flyer Pronger added to front office
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Former NHL MVP Chris Pronger has joined the Florida Panthers' front office as a senior adviser to team president Dale Tallon.

Pronger played in five All-Star games, represented Canada in the Olympics four times, won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim and appeared in 1,167 regular-season games with five clubs.

The 42-year-old Pronger joins the Panthers after almost three years in the NHL's department of player safety. He joined the league office in October 2014.

The Hall of Fame defenseman's contract expired after this season. He hasn't played in an NHL game since 2012 because of post-concussion symptoms. He got a stick to the eye, which ended his playing career. Philadelphia traded his contract to Arizona in the summer of 2015 (see full story).

Stars: Hitchcock adds 2 former assistants for staff
FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars are bringing back longtime assistant Rick Wilson, who once briefly served as their head coach.

Stu Barnes, another former assistant, was hired Thursday to be on the staff of coach Ken Hitchcock. The Stars in April re-hired Hitchcock more than 15 years after firing the coach who led them to their only Stanley Cup championship.

Dallas also retained assistant Curt Fraser, who has been with the Stars for four seasons.

After Hitchcock was fired during the 2001-02 season, Wilson was head coach for the final 32 games. He was then associate head coach from 2002-09, continuing a run with the franchise that included the last season with the Minnesota North Stars before the move to Dallas in 1993. Wilson was on Hitchcock's staff in St. Louis last season.

Barnes ended his playing career in 2008, finishing with five seasons in Dallas. He was an assistant coach from 2008 to 2011.