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POSTGAME 5: Flyers fall in Florida

Frost scores in debut, but Flyers drop 5-2 decision in South Florida

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
The Panthers scored twice in the first and twice in the second to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead and ended up with the 5-2 decision in South Florida on Tuesday night.

Travis Sanheim opened the scoring 6:36 into the contest to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead, but Florida scored twice in the span of less than two minutes - one from Colton Sceviour and one from Brett Connolly - to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. 

Second period goals came from Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau; then with 5:40 left, Morgan Frost scored his first NHL goal to cut the lead to two. But the Flyers couldn't get any of an avalanche of shot attempts past Sergei Bobrovsky in the third, and Mike Hoffman added a late empty-netter. 

Bobrovsky took the win with 35 saves. Carter Hart started and played 30:23, stopping 14 of 18, before stepping aside for Brian Elliott. Elliott stopped seven shots the rest of the way. 

Three Stars:
1st: Aleksander Barkov (1g-1a)
2nd: Brett Connolly (1g-1a)
3rd: Morgan Frost (1st NHL goal)

TURNING POINT
This one turned on Jonathan Huberdeau's goal in the right slot to give the Panthers a three-goal lead midway through the game. The play began with Aleksander Barkov, who was down low and fed a pass just below the dot to Huberdeau, who top-shelved a shot into the short-side corner from just below the dot off a pass by Barkov. 

MELTZER'S TAKE
* Flyers fans will hear the phrase "playing with pace" constantly with Morgan Frost early in his career but that is the No. 1 key to his success... The hands, vision, raw speed and smarts are there. The first period was a flat-out track meet, and Frost had no problems with it. He had an early (routine) shot and a subsequent scoring chance from the left slot in which he missed the net after Aaron Ekblad got just a piece of the rookie's stick on the follow-through. Later, Frost beat a defenseman with one his trademark stutter-step moves. Video: PHI@FLA: Frost scores beautiful goal in NHL debut

* Frost scored his first NHL goal on a nifty individual effort; stepping out from behind the net and using his quick hands to pull the puck to his backhand and flip it over Sergei Bobrovsky to the short side. In the third period, Frost saw time on Giroux's power play unit.

* Carter Hart was tested early and often. All three goals in the first period -- one for the Flyers, two for Florida -- were strange plays. Flyers winger Andy Andreoff accidentally deflected a Colton Sceviour shot into the net as Florida tied the game. Then, after a failed clearing opportunity, Brett Connolly scored from along the boards just below the goal line. Hart, sealing off the short side and leaning forward, had the puck go off the side of his mask, over his left shoulder and inside the far-side of the net. 

* Florida began to dominate as the second period progressed. A bad turnover in the neutral zone by Farabee, and a fat rebound allowed by Hart on a long shot by Evgenii Dadonov was pounded into the net by the deadly -- and unchecked -- Aleksander Barkov. Hart's night ended early at 10:23 of the second period on Huberdeau's tally.

* Farabee was moved down in the third period, with Voracek moving to the line with Couturier and Lindblom. The Flyers had a lot of attack zone time in the period but couldn't narrow the gap. Finally, on a 6-on-5 attack, Kevin Hayes lost the puck at center ice to Mike Hoffman, and Hoffman scored into the empty net to seal the outcome. 

STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
* Morgan Frost scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game, marking the first Flyer to accomplish that since Jason Akeson on Apr. 27, 2013.

* Ivan Provorov led all players in the game in ice time with 27:10 and with five blocked shots on the night.

* The Flyers have scored the game's first goal in three straight games, seven of their last eight and 14 of their 21 games, going 9-4-1.

* The Flyers have dropped three straight and five of their last seven to the Panthers since December 2017.

* The Flyers complete their two-game trip when they fly to North Carolina to take on the Hurricanes on Thursday (7 p.m. on NBCSP & 97.5 The Fanatic).

THEY SAID IT

Video: Hear from Frost, van Riemsdyk and Hart following lossVideo: Hear from Flyers coach following loss to FLA

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