The Flyers welcomed back a familiar face last night as Simon Gagne made his return to Philadelphia fter being acquired on Tuesday afternoon in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings. The Flyers got off to a fast start against the Capitals. Just 23 seconds into the game, Scott Hartnell found a wide open Claude Giroux who beat Braden Holtby to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Less than four minutes later, a falling down Wayne Simmonds beat Holtby on a backhand shot to put the Flyers up 2-0. The Fleyrs dominated play in the first period. In the second it was all Philadelphia again as they took a 3-0 lead when Brayden Schenn found Simon Gagne who put the puck into the open net for his first goal of the year. They would go up 4-0 when Max Talbot got his first of the year and a blast that beat Holtby and was in and out of the net quicker than the eye could see. The Flyers would go on to win 4-1 as the Capitals would score with just over 2 minutes remaining to break the shutout. More here.
The No. 4 Michigan Wolverines visited Big Ten rival Penn State last night at the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State entered play 8-18 and 0-14 in Big Ten play. They fought with the Wolverines throughout the first half and only trailed by three at halftime. The second half would start out all Michigan. They opened up a 15 point lead on the Nittany Lions but Penn State stood tough. They came storming back to take a lead late in the game. With strong defense, Penn State would outscore Michigan 48-39 in the second half and go on to win 84-78 for their first Big Ten win of the year. Jermaine Marshall led the Lions with 25 points and six rebounds. More here.
The New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors duked it out on the national stage last night at Madison Square Garden. The Warriors would rely on their former first round pick, Stephen Curry. Curry shot 18-for-28 from the field while shooting 11-for-13 from 3-point range. His 11 made three-pointers are the second most in a single game in NBA history. Curry carried the Warriors with his 54 points but the Knicks got 35 points from Carmelo Anthony, 26 points from J.R. Smith, and 16 points and 28 rebounds from Tyson Chandler. That would be enough to hold off Curry’s attack and win 109-105. More here.