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Philadelphia
Flyers
44-27-11
Florida
Panthers
41-30-11

35 SOG
27 SOG
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FLA
game recap

Panthers 3, Flyers 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:23 AM

Associated Press

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -Michael Frolik is inspiring confidence in his coach. And himself.

The rookie had a goal and two assists to help the Florida Panthers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 Tuesday night.

"At the start of the season I didn't get much ice time," said Frolik, who played in the Young Stars game in Montreal this past weekend. "Now I'm playing more and more and the coach is believing in me more and more. I'm getting more comfortable and confident."

Tomas Vokoun stopped 33 shots and David Booth and Bryan McCabe also scored as Florida won for the first time in three games.

Simon Gagne and Claude Giroux scored for Philadelphia. Martin Biron made 24 saves.

The Panthers killed off a penalty in the final 1:23.

The Flyers had a goal disallowed when Kimmo Timonen was called for goaltender interference at 6:33 of the third.

"It's a little suspect when, and no offense to Kimmo, he's pushing people around in front and they're falling like that," Flyers captain Mike Richards said. "Maybe the guys should hit the gym more."

The Flyers closed to 3-2 at 1:51 of the third after Giroux skated in on Vokoun and sent a shot high into the net on the glove side for his first NHL goal.

"I think it's every kid's goal to score in the NHL," Giroux said. "Now that I've got that out of the way I can keep playing better."

The Panthers went ahead 2-1 at 7:43 of the second. Keith Ballard passed the puck from the side boards to Frolik behind the net. His wraparound went just inside the post.

It was Frolik's first goal since Jan. 10 against Atlanta.

"After Vokoun, he was our best player tonight," Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said. "I thought he did an outstanding job for someone who just got back from the All-Star break. It's a credit to him and his commitment to help us win the game."

Florida stretched its lead to 3-1 on Booth's team-leading 20th goal of the season. Ballard's slap shot from the left point was deflected by Booth past Biron at 11:50.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead on Gagne's goal at 10:44 of the first. Mike Knuble threw a cross-ice pass from the left circle to Gagne on the right of the crease. The puck hit Gagne's left skate and deflected into the net. The play was reviewed but the goal was allowed.

Florida tied the score at 1 on McCabe's goal. McCabe took a pass from Cory Stillman and skated into the slot. His shot beat Biron high on the stick side at 14:34.

Notes: Florida's Ville Peltonen returned to the lineup after missing two games with a bruised right knee. ... Florida LW Rostislav Olesz (groin), on IR since Dec. 8, will have hernia surgery on Wednesday. ... Flyers D Luca Sbisa was scratched for the fifth straight game.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:44
PHI
Simon Gagne (20) Backhand shot - ASST: Mike Knuble (13), Mike Richards (31)
1 - 0 PHI
14:34
FLA
Bryan McCabe (9) Snap shot - ASST: Cory Stillman (13), Michael Frolik (12)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:43
FLA
Michael Frolik (10) Wrap-around - ASST: Keith Ballard (14), Stephen Weiss (22)
2 - 1 FLA
11:50
FLA
PPG - David Booth (20) Deflected shot - ASST: Keith Ballard (15), Michael Frolik (13)
3 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
01:51
PHI
Claude Giroux (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Darroll Powe (2)
3 - 2 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
02:10
FLA
Richard Zednik  Hooking against  Andrew Alberts
06:44
PHI
Jeff Carter  Cross checking against  Radek Dvorak
06:44
FLA
Radek Dvorak  Roughing against  Scott Hartnell
06:44
PHI
Scott Hartnell  Roughing against  Radek Dvorak
15:21
PHI
Scottie Upshall  Tripping against  Nathan Horton
2nd Period
01:45
PHI
Andrew Alberts  Tripping against  Michael Frolik
08:58
PHI
Simon Gagne  Hi stick - double minor against  Jay Bouwmeester
3rd Period
03:09
FLA
Ville Peltonen  Holding against  Mike Knuble
05:38
PHI
Claude Giroux  Roughing against  Gregory Campbell
05:38
FLA
Gregory Campbell  Roughing against  Claude Giroux
06:33
PHI
Kimmo Timonen  Interference against  Keith Ballard
18:37
FLA
Karlis Skrastins  Hooking against  Mike Richards
goalie stats
Martin Biron
SA: 27TOI: 58:13
Saves: 24EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .943SH: 2 - 2