Flyers’ Joel Ward’s return to Flyers: ‘It feels like a lot more’

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Joel Ward is back in the Flyers lineup.

He’ll be on the ice Tuesday night against the Rangers.

Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced the news Wednesday.

The veteran winger, who was sidelined by a knee injury for the first four games of the season, was back in action Sunday night against Dallas, and he scored his first NHL goal.

“It feels pretty good,” Ward said.

“It feels a lot different, especially with a new team.

We’re back to being a team.

You know, we all want to be a team and it feels a whole lot different.”

Ward, who signed a three-year contract extension this summer, has scored five goals and five assists for 15 points in 34 games with the Flyers this season.

He also had five goals in five games with Nashville, a team he’s played for for the past four seasons.

“I think he’s done a good job of just staying in the lineup, being a regular and trying to be consistent,” Hextal said.

“(Joel) is an old vet, he’s been around for a long time.

He’s a real good player and he’s a veteran.

He played in the NHL for a couple of years and he knows what it takes.

You just have to stay in it, and I think he’ll be ready to go.”

The Flyers were on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention before Ward scored his third goal of the night.

“The goal was a little bit of a surprise,” Hexy said.

“He had a couple good plays, but he wasn’t too good.

He didn’t get into the zone fast enough.

That was probably the biggest thing, just not getting into the right spots.”

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