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Giroux double helps Flyers soar top

(Reuters) - Claude Giroux broke out of a minor scoring drought with two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to the top of the Atlantic Division standings with a 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday.

Giroux, team leader in goals and points, had not recorded a point in two games before netting a snap-shot just 1:19 into the contest as Philadelphia raced to a 4-1 lead before holding off a late rally by Carolina (6-9-3).

"I told (Giroux) before the game he was going to get a hat trick," team mate Jaromir Jagr told reporters after setting up both of Giroux's goals. "I felt it before the game. Sometimes you just feel it."

Giroux added an assist on the night and captain Chris Pronger chipped in three helpers for the Flyers (10-4-3) who tied the Pittsburgh Penguins for top spot in the division on 23 points.

Philadelphia overwhelmed the Hurricanes with their early onslaught as Maxime Talbot tallied another first-period goal and Giroux and Wayne Simmonds added goals in the second.

Patrick Dwyer led Carolina's reply with his first two goals of the season.

He scored a wrist shot at the end of the first to make it 2-1 and, after Tuomo Ruutu netted in the second, pulled the home team within one goal of the visitors again in the third.

With the Hurricanes pressing for a game-tying score in the closing minutes, Philadelphia's Matt Read put the game away with a tip-in at 16:09.

Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky needed just 17 saves on the night, and Carolina also missed some opportunities finishing 0-for-4 on power-plays.

The Flyers improved their league-best road record to 6-1-1.

"I think it starts with good leadership, and ours has been excellent," said Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette. "We've got a group that works really hard."

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in LA. Editing by Alastair Himmer)

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