For Tye McGinn, it has been a strange journey this week: from a minor-leaguer to a first-line NHL left winger.
Recalled from the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday because of an injury to left winger Scott Hartnell, McGinn was immediately inserted onto the Flyers' top line, alongside Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound McGinn responded with a goal in Detroit on Saturday, and he was back on the No. 1 line Tuesday against Vancouver. This time, he scored goals in the first and second periods.
"They definitely make it easy for me," McGinn, 23, said of his linemates before the game. "They let me know what I need to be doing out there and that helps a lot. I can definitely learn from them."
McGinn's job is to do the dirty work for his linemates - crash the net, create havoc in front, open space for Giroux and Voracek.
Hartnell will be sidelined for two to four weeks with an upper-body injury.
McGinn talks every day with his brother Jamie, a left winger with Colorado.
"We're both kind of similar styles, so if one of us is down on something, or something isn't working, we give each other some quick [advice]," McGinn said.
Flyers coach Craig Berube was asked how he can get his team to avoid dumb penalties. "Don't watch me play," he cracked.
Added Berube: "It's just discipline, a change of a mind-set. The Flyers have a reputation - we all know that - and it's got to change. It's 2013, you can't keep going to the penalty box and doing stupid things out there. A lot of it, the hooking, the holding, for me is unacceptable. Your feet have to move."
Nico Cassabria, a 6-year-old from Blackwood who is battling cancer of the nervous system, and his family were guests of the Flyers Tuesday on Cancer Awareness night. Nico high-fived the Flyers in the runway as they took the ice for pregame warm-ups, and he was to be given a stick and other gifts from the Flyers' Luke and Brayden Schenn after the game. He was named the game's No. 1 star.
Sean Couturier began the night with a 55.6 percent success rate in faceoffs, up from 43.9 percent last season. . . . GM Paul Holmgren told the Hockey News what has widely been reported for the last year - that Chris Pronger will never play again because of post-concussion symptoms.