Flyers 5, Rangers 3

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The rivalry between the Flyers and Rangers turned ugly in a penalty-filled preseason game that also appeared to include a homophobic slur from Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds to noted New York agitator Sean Avery.

The Atlantic Division rivals combined for 77 penalty minutes in Philadelphia's 5-3 victory on Monday night, and more discipline could by coming from the NHL when the league sorts everything out.

Avery and Simmonds were at odds in the first period, and television cameras caught Simmonds jawing at Avery, appearing to utter the slur.

When Avery was asked by reporters after the game if Simmonds called him "what we think he called you," he answered: "Yeah, yeah."

Avery said he had "no idea" why Simmonds would make such a remark.

This marked the second controversy in two weeks for Simmonds, who is black. Last week, a banana was thrown at him from the stands during a preseason game in London, Ontario.

Simmonds didn't deny using the slur toward Avery.

"Honestly, we were going back and forth for a while there," he said, without providing details. "I don't recall everything that I did say to him, but he said to me some things I didn't like. And maybe I said some things that he didn't like.

"I can't recall every single word I said."

Simmonds was asked what Avery said and if it crossed the line.

"I'm not going to rat him out," he said.

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette didn't comment on the exchange. As for what he saw of it, Laviolette said, "It was a couple of guys battling out there."

Rangers coach John Tortorella took the matter a step further.

"I didn't hear it. I don't think Sean Avery is lying," he said. "I'll let the league handle it. I did not hear it, but I'm sure Sean Avery isn't going to lie about it."

Just before that incident, Philadelphia's Tom Sestito racked up 20 minutes in penalties after boarding New York's Andre Deveaux behind the net in a move that will likely draw another suspension for the Flyers.

After the play, Sestito and Stu Bickel fought, resulting in misconducts for both players. Bickel also was given an instigator penalty.

"He got a little overzealous," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.

Last week, after a boarding call in a home preseason game against Toronto, Philadelphia enforcer Jody Shelley was suspended for 10 games by new NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

Tortorella called for Sestito to be punished, as well.

"Shanny should have a field day. As far as hits from behind, he should have a field day," he said. "Jody got what, 10 games? This one is worse than that."

Jaromir Jagr scored two power-play goals and had three points, and Claude Giroux and Danny Briere each had three assists as the Flyers (3-1-1) won their second straight.

On the same day that the 2012 Winter Classic was officially announced to be played at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park on Jan. 2 between these two teams, Jagr, a former Rangers star making his first home appearance with the Flyers, came in with a grand entrance. He has three preseason goals.

The game had a regular-season feel, as both teams' star goalies - Philadelphia's Ilya Bryzgalov and New York's Henrik Lundqvist, were in net.

Brian Boyle had a goal and an assist for the Rangers (1-1-1), who lost Jagr to Russia's KHL in 2008. He signed with the Flyers this summer.

"He's such a talented guy with the puck," Laviolette said. "He's got a quick release and can generate a lot of offense. He sure looked good to me."

Jagr, 39, showed no rust as he took a regular shift. He was still out there with two minutes left, looking for the hat-trick goal. He took 18 shifts, five shots, and logged 15 minutes, 19 seconds of ice time.

"We were both finding holes in the defense, but teams will adjust to that, as well," said Briere, who played on a line with Jagr. "But you have to give him credit. He's pretty good."

Braydon Coburn scored the winning goal at 6:35 of the third period, and Simmonds concluded his active night with his first goal with the Flyers - scoring into an empty net in the final minute.

Bryzgalov made 17 saves, and Lundqvist finished with 26.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:36NYR Andreas Thuresson (1) Snap shot - ASST: Brian Boyle (1) 1 - 0 NYR
09:25PHI PPG - Jaromir Jagr (1) Slapshot - ASST: Kimmo Timonen (1), Claude Giroux (1) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:54PHI PPG - Jaromir Jagr (2) Snap shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (1), Claude Giroux (2) 2 - 1 PHI
10:09NYR PPG - John Mitchell (1) Snap shot - ASST: Mats Zuccarello (1), Ryan McDonagh (1) 2 - 2 Tie
11:24PHI PPG - Matt Read (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (2), Jakub Voracek (1) 3 - 2 PHI
15:02NYR PPG - Brian Boyle (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Dan Girardi (1) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
06:35PHI Braydon Coburn (1) Slapshot - ASST: Claude Giroux (3), Jaromir Jagr (1) 4 - 3 PHI
19:32PHI EN - Wayne Simmonds (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Briere (3), Matt Read (1) 5 - 3 PHI
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:44PHI Daniel Briere  Interference on goalkeeper  - 2 min against  Henrik Lundqvist
07:29NYR Dale Weise  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Zac Rinaldo
07:29PHI Zac Rinaldo  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Dale Weise
07:52PHI Tom Sestito  Game misconduct  - 10 min
07:52PHI Tom Sestito served by Harry Zolnierczyk  Boarding (maj)  - 5 min against  Andre Deveaux
07:52PHI Tom Sestito  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Stu Bickel
07:52NYR Stu Bickel  Instigator  - 2 min against  Tom Sestito
07:52NYR Stu Bickel  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Tom Sestito
07:52NYR Stu Bickel  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min against  Tom Sestito
08:31NYR Artem Anisimov  Tripping  - 2 min against  Kimmo Timonen
10:23NYR Tim Erixon  Hooking  - 2 min against  Wayne Simmonds
10:25NYR Dan Girardi  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
13:37PHI Wayne Simmonds  Roughing  - 2 min against  Sean Avery
16:11NYR John Mitchell  Interference  - 2 min against  Ian Laperriere
2nd Period
03:39NYR Sean Avery  Unsportsmanlike conduct  - 2 min against  Wayne Simmonds
04:46NYR Tim Erixon  Tripping  - 2 min against  Claude Giroux
06:33PHI Claude Giroux  Holding  - 2 min against  John Mitchell
08:27PHI Matt Walker  Tripping  - 2 min against  Brian Boyle
10:20NYR Stu Bickel  Holding  - 2 min against  Harry Zolnierczyk
14:58PHI Sean Couturier  Tripping  - 2 min against  Michael Sauer
17:41PHI Max Talbot  Boarding  - 2 min against  Andre Deveaux
17:41PHI Wayne Simmonds  Roughing  - 2 min against  Andre Deveaux
17:41NYR Andre Deveaux  Roughing  - 2 min against  Wayne Simmonds
3rd Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/73/8
Faceoff Wins2241
Blocked Shots1711
Penalty Minutes3839
4M. Del ZottoD00-13024:41
5D. GirardiD01-11225:21
16S. AveryL001025:25
17B. DubinskyC00-11018:12
22B. BoyleC11-13016:25
27R. McDonaghD0100026:27
32D. WeiseR000159:30
33A. DeveauxC0000212:55
34J. MitchellC1001220:13
36M. ZuccarelloR0101017:59
38M. SauerD000001:38
40E. ChristensenC00-13018:12
41S. BickelD00001917:41
42A. AnisimovC00-11215:17
53T. ErixonD0002422:58
55A. ThuressonR100309:27
60R. BourqueC0000012:15
62C. HagelinL00-10011:26
30H. Lundqvist2630.86759:39
43M. Biron00.0000:00
5B. CoburnD1013019:20
6A. LiljaD0000017:23
8M. WalkerD0024218:50
9J. VoracekR0112015:14
10B. SchennC00-11011:06
14S. CouturierC0000216:14
17W. SimmondsR1004416:21
24M. ReadR1102021:34
26E. GustafssonD00-10017:46
27M. TalbotC0001219:02
28C. GirouxC0313218:58
29H. ZolnierczykL0000013:24
32T. SestitoL0000201:47
36Z. RinaldoC000057:24
41A. MeszarosD0000016:57
44K. TimonenD0101021:31
48D. BriereC0315217:05
68J. JagrR2115015:19
30I. Bryzgalov1720.85060:00
49M. Leighton00.0000:00