HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Panthers scored twice in the first period off of breakaways en route to four consecutive goals to earn a 4-1 win over the Flyers in South Florida on Sunday.
Aleksander Barkov continued his hot play with a goal and an assist, while Evgenii Dadonov capitalized on two goals to lead the Panthers to their sixth straight win. Johnny Oduya made his Flyer debut while Travis Konecny scored the lone Flyers goal late in the third period to try and spark a comeback bid.
Roberto Luongo stopped 39 of 40 shots for his fifth straight win, while Petr Mrazek took the loss with 22 saves.
Today's turning point came very late in the second period. The club had killed off a brief 5 on 3 and another 5 on 4 penalty down by two goals and played a good second period with scoring chances. The play developed when Dadonov broke free after a lead pass from Barkov and wristed a shot over Mrazek's glove by the hashmarks with Ivan Provorov on his back. The Panthers went into the locker room with a 3-0 lead instead of a two-goal advantage giving them breathing room in the final frame.
1. Roberto Luongo: Stopped every shot he saw for the first 55 minutes of the game and 39 of 40 in total to give the Panthers their sixth straight win.
2. Aleksander Barkov: Extended his goal-scoring streak to four games (5g) and point streak to six games (5g-4a) in that stretch.
3. Evgenii Dadonov: Recorded a pair of goals giving him five goals in his last five games and three straight multi-point games.
STATS & STORYLINES
The Panthers made an early push, getting a goal from Barkov, who perhaps the hottest player in the NHL at the moment, after scoring a goal in his fourth straight game... Then after a few good scoring chances that wouldn't go for the Flyers, Dadonov, made a fake look to pass and quickly fired it just under the glove of Mrazek. The Flyers fell behind 2-0 after the first in a period that was nearly even in shots 10-9 in favor of Florida.
ON THE BOARD
Travis Konecny recorded the Flyers goal with Brandon Manning and Claude Giroux picking up assists... For Konecny it was his second goal in the last three games, while Manning has six points (2g-4a) in his last eight games... Giroux has points in three straight (1g-3a) and has points in seven of his last eight games (4g-8a) with the only game he was held scoreless was a 0-0 tie through overtime that was decided in a shootout.Video: PHI@FLA: Konecny buries rebound in front
Today's game featured two of the top forwards in the league leading in on-ice time... Aleksander Barkov leads all NHL forwards with an average of 22:22, while Sean Couturier ranks fourth among all forwards with 21:31... Couturier logged more minutes in today's game, coming in with 22:29, the most of any Flyer forward, while Barkov logged 21:42.
Johnny Oduya made his Flyer debut after an injury forced Andrew MacDonald out of the lineup. He appeared in his first game since Feb. 22 with the Ottawa Senators. Oduya was paired with Robert Hagg and logged 12:22 of ice time on 19 shifts and had one shot on goal.
The Flyers return home and have a two-day break in game action before they take on their in-state rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins in a nationally broadcast game on NBCSN. Puck drop is 8 p.m. or fans can listen live on the radio at 97.5 The Fanatic.
5. THEY SAID IT
"I didn't like my game today. I know we didn't score the first two periods but the game could have been 1-0 or 2-0 and we would have had a chance. I have to support these guys better."
- Petr Mrazek
"It wasn't our best defensive coverage, that's for sure. They played with the stretch passes. We could have done a way better job."
- Radko Gudas