However Florida struck back with a goal by Evgeny Dadonov to make the second half of the game a little more interesting.
And it certainly was.
The Panthers continued to have opportunities on the power play, including a 5 on 3 for 40 seconds and a four minute double-minor called on Max Talbot, but Ilya Bryzgalov was up to the task. In total, he made 31 saves to improve his record to 4-0-1 in his last five starts.
Read would put the game away with a penalty shot awarded during that Flyers penalty kill and he buried it past Florida goaltender Jose Theodore to kill any momentum the Panthers were trying to gain.
- Matt Read’s penalty shot was the Flyers’ second of the season and the team’s third ever against Florida. It was the club’s first-ever successful penalty shot against Florida.
- The team’s last shorthanded penalty shot was last season, Darroll Powe vs. Minnesota, 2/15/11, vs. Tampa Bay (goal)
- This is only the second time in franchise history the Flyers have had two penalty shots come so early in a season. The other time was 2008-09, when the Flyers had penalty shots on 10/16/08 (Gagne at Colorado, goal) and 10/28/08 (Richards at Atlanta, no goal).
Ilya Bryzgalov gets tonight's Star of the Night for turning aside 31 of 33 shots many of which came on good scoring chances on Panthers power-plays.
The Panthers had seven power-play opportunities with just over 12 minutes of ice time and Bryzgalov didn't yield a single goal.
He gave the Flyers confidence early on when he stoned Florida forward Mike Santorelli all alone when he was point-blank in the slot in the game's first five minutes.
The Russian goaltender has stood his ground for the Flyers going unbeaten in regulation in his last five starts, posting a 4-0-1 record.
“When you’re beneficial of having a few days off in Naples, Florida you want to come out that next game and win so it doesn’t look lackadaisical on our part and I thought we did very well tonight.” - Matt Read
“It’s just something that happens; we always want our [defensemen] jumping in. I saw a little area to jump in and Max made a great play. It all starts in our zone; Jake [Voracek] made a great play and I did the easy part.” - Braydon Coburn
“I think our guys really skated well and competed well. Coming off of those two days off I thought our practice yesterday was really good and if you look at our Conference it’s really tight.” - Peter Laviolette
The turning point in tonight’s game was a two-part task from the Flyers. Having cut the lead in half in the second period, the Panthers were given a 5-on-3 early in the third period, which was also part of a four-minute penalty called on Max Talbot for high-sticking.
Matt Read’s hustle on the ensuing penalty kill earned him a penalty shot in which he snuck it past Jose Theodore for his fourth goal of the year to give the Flyers a 3-1 lead.
The Flyers PK did the rest. Killing off the 5 on 3 and the remaining three minutes of power-play time the Panthers had. Read’s goal turned out to be the game-winning goal.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Ilya Bryzgalov stands his ground as Florida crashes the net.