Simon Gagne was given a proper ovation when he returned to Philadelphia to play his first game against the Flyers back in October as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. While the fan reaction may have been fitting for the former All-Star, Gagne's play at that point in the season wasn't up to snuff as he was battling through injury. The Flyers will take on Gagne's Lightning once again this evening and Simon has healed up nicely and has really found a groove as of late.
CSN's Tim Panaccio is down in Tampa and caught up with the former Flyer who talks at length about the transition from Philly to Florida as well as his improved play.
“It’s better timing [for me] this time than earlier in the season,” Gagne said. “It was hard on me. All the changes, going back to Philly and you’d rather be facing them when you’re in better shape and in game [mode] a little more.
“It’s going to be fun playing them. They’ve played some good hockey. It will be fun to see where we’re at.”
It's good to read Simon is once again playing well with six goals in his last eight games, but hopefully he won't get a chance to hurt the Flyers too much this evening.
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Andre Ethier also went deep and Taylor added an RBI triple in the fifth as Los Angeles set a franchise record with its sixth consecutive playoff win. Yasiel Puig had two more hits in another entertaining performance that included an impressive bat flip -- on a long foul ball in the first inning.
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