Van Riemsdyk scores twice as Flyers beat Red Wings 5-2 in pre-season

PHILADELPHIA – James van Riemsdyk, vying for a roster spot at left wing, scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to their first pre-season win, 5-2 over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Mike Pyorala, a 28-year-old free agent playing professionally for the first time outside of Scandanavia, and Dan Carcillo, each had a goal and an assist, and Danny Briere also scored for the Flyers (1-2-1).

Jonathan Ericsson and Kris Newbury scored for the Red Wings (2-3), who dropped their third straight game.

Philadelphia’s Ray Emery stopped 28 shots. Chris Osgood had 25 saves for Detroit.

Philadelphia’s Simon Gagne and Detroit’s Todd Bertuzzi both made their pre-season debuts after recovering from groin injuries.

Gagne, who scored 34 goals last year after missing most of the previous season with concussion issues, underwent off-season hip surgery. Then he injured his groin during a Team Canada workout late last month.

Bertuzzi, who signed a one-year contract worth US$1.5 million in August, is expected to be one of Detroit’s top scorers. He is slated to play on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary, who are also sidelined with groin injuries.

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Briere scored his third goal 36 seconds into the game when he followed up a shot by Scott Hartnell.

Pyorala, a native of Finland who was signed to a free-agent contract in July, made it 2-0 at 7:01 when he redirected a shot by Carcillo into the corner of the net.

After Ericsson scored unassisted on a slap shot from inside the blue-line at 9:28, Pyorala feathered a pass to van Riemsdyk, who scored on a backhander at 15:05 to make it 3-1 after the first period.

Carcillo scored from in close at 11:42 of the second period.

Van Riemsdyk, who was drafted No. 2 overall by the Flyers in 2007 before electing to play two years for the University of New Hampshire, made it 5-1 at 2:36 of the third.

Newbury scored on a give-and-go with Kris Draper with 2:36 left in the game.