Jagr scores, Flyers beat Red Wings

Jaromir Jagr recorded  his first goal in his return to the NHL,  and the  Philadelphia Flyers posted  a 3-1 decision over Detroit in an exhibition contest at Joe Louis Arena.

Jagr, late of the New York Rangers who left for the Kontinental Hockey League’s Avangard Omsk in 2008, lit the lamp with 1:52 remaining in the first period to give the Orange and Black a 2-1 edge.

James  van Riemsdyk and Matt Read also tallied for the Flyers, who dropped the
opener of the back-to-back contests on Thursday by a 4-3 count.

That game, contested at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario, was marred
by an unidentified fan throwing a  banana in the direction of Philly forward
Wayne Simmonds during his shootout attempt.

Simmonds was not in the lineup.

On Friday, back in a much more civil locale, the clubs combined for 49 penalty
minutes.

That included  a third-period bout between a pair of defensemen — Mike Commodore of Detroit (who earned an instigator penalty and 10-minute misconduct) and Matt Walker of Philadelphia — and a major  for checking  from behind with a game misconduct to Flyers forward prospect Mike Testwuide at the 12:08 mark of the opening stanza.

Sergei Bobrovsky looked solid in net once more, stopping 22-of-23 shots for the win.

Former Stars reject Fabian  Brunnstrom recorded  the lone  tally for  the Red  Wings, while  Jimmy Howard allowed all three goals on 22 shots.

Peter Laviolette’s club completed their four-games-in-four-nights gauntlet at 2-1-1. They return to action on Monday night, hosting the Rangers.