Flyers rout struggling Panthers 7-1

Saturday, 01.26.2013 / 10:12 PM

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Things are starting to come around for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Matt Read had his first NHL hat trick, Tye McGinn scored his first NHL goal and the Flyers routed the Florida Panthers 7-1 Saturday night at the BB&T Center for their second consecutive victory after three losses to open the season.

Veteran forward Danny Briere, who sustained a broken wrist while playing in Germany during the lockout, made his season debut for the Flyers and had an assist.

McGinn, Luke Schenn and Ruslan Fedotenko each had a goal and an assist, and Kimmo Timonen also had a goal. Claude Giroux and Braydon Coburn each had two assists.

The Flyers came in having scored five goals in four games.

Ilya Bryzgalov, making his fifth consecutive start, made 30 saves and had an assist on Read's first goal. It was the eighth assist of his career.

Peter Mueller scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who have lost their last four in regulation after beating the Carolina Hurricanes in their season opener last Saturday night. The Panthers never lost more than three consecutive games in regulation in 2011-12 when they won their first-ever division title.

Florida has been outscored 18-3 since its 5-1 victory against the Hurricanes.

Jose Theodore started in net for the Panthers, but was pulled for Scott Clemmensen to start the second period after allowing three goals on nine shots.

Forward Quinton Howden, one of Florida's three first-round picks in the 2010 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut. He became the fourth Panther to appear in his first NHL game this season, following Jonathan Huberdeau, Michael Caruso and Drew Shore.

Florida again was without several injured regulars — Stephen Weiss, Kris Versteeg, Marcel Goc, Sean Bergenheim and Erik Gudbranson. The Flyers, meanwhile, were without injured forward Scott Hartnell and defenseman Andrej Meszaros.

After Timonen opened the scoring at 3:10 with a 5-on-3 goal, Read scored his first goal of the season at 6:12 when he rushed up the left wing. After making a move toward the middle of the ice, he beat Theodore with a wrist shot to the glove side.

Read got his second at 18:34 of the second period by swatting home a bouncing puck after Coburn backhanded a pass from the right side of the net. The shot went through Clemmensen's legs.

Read completed the hat trick with a power-play goal 54 seconds into the third period when he one-timed Brayden Schenn's pass in the high slot.

The hat trick was the second ever for a Philadelphia player against Florida, the other recorded by Eric Lindros on March 18, 1995.

McGinn closed out the first-period scoring at 18:51 when he skated in front of the net and redirected Coburn's feed from the boards. McGinn was playing in his third NHL game after beginning the season in the American Hockey League.

The teams combined for three goals in the last 1:26 of the second period, all coming during a 4-on-4 after Philadelphia's Kurtis Foster went to the box for interference and the Panthers' Scottie Upshall was called for closing his hand on the puck.

Mueller ended Bryzgalov's shutout bid 36 seconds after Read's second goal when he scored on a breakaway. After taking a pass from Ed Jovanovski from the front of the Panthers' net to the Flyers blue line, Mueller beat Bryzgalov with a shot to the blocker side.

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