JVR Shines, Lifts Flyers Over Wings 5-2

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James vanRiemsdyk is one of the guys on this Flyers roster who is playing with an extra edge. The 21-year-old made it through the first round of cuts and is setting his sights on staying with the big club. JVR netted two goals last night helping the Flyers secure their first victory of the preseason, beating the Red Wings 5-2.

Coach John Stevens spoke after the game about the realistic shot of JVR making his club.

“I think we can all agree he’s close,” Stevens said. “I don’t think you can come in and do the things that he has done without being close.”

The final decision will be a tough one for GM Paul Holmgren and John Stevens. JVR wants that to be the case.

“My goal coming into camp was to make this team, and I obviously want to make it as difficult as possible for them to send me down. I want to prove I belong and can play at this level,” vanRiemsdyk said after his two-goal performance.

The Flyers sent sparks through the Wachovia Center early with Danny Briere netting his third goal of the preseason just 36 seconds into the opening period. That goal was Briere’s third in the last two games.

At the seven minute mark of the first Mike Pyorala netted his first score as a Flyer. His goal put the Flyers up 2-0 early against the Wings. Pyorala has been exceptionally well and is pushing hard for a roster spot.

The Red Wings finally struck the back of the net at 9:28 with a unassissted goal by defensemen Johnathan Ericsson.

The Flyers stormed right back with a goal by vanRiemsdyk. Reemer plugged one in off his own rebound to make it 3-1. That ended the period. There was only one penalty, that was on the Red Wings.

Flyers winger Daniel Carcillo netted the periods only goal 11:42 in. The goal was a sweet breakaway backhand over Chris Osgood’s left shoulder. Overall, a slow period highlighted by the Carcillo goal.

James vanRiemsdyk, who is fighting for a spot on the NHL roster, scored his second goal the contest just over two minutes in. A blitzing wrist shot over the left-shoulder again of Osgood.

The Wings notched their second and last goal of the contest with a late ringer from Kris Newbury.

Ray Emery was nothing but stellar in his first home showcase tonight. Emery stopped 28 Detroit shots while playing the entire game between the pipes.

“It was very important for me to deliver a great first impression to the home crowd, and I did the best that I could do, and it paid off,” said Emery.

Simon Gagne played about 15 minutes last night. Saying afterwards that everything felt great.

“I had no issues except for maybe being out of breath or tired after a shift. Other than that I thought everything went well,” added Gagne.

The Flyers will resume their preseason schedule tomorrow night against the New Jersey Devils from the Wachovia Center at 7 p.m.

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