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POSTGAME 5: Panthers 7, Flyers 1

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
The Panthers flew out of the gate for a 4-0 lead and from there proceeded to a 7-1 win in their season opener.  Goals from Vincent Trochek, Nick Bjugstad, Reilly Smith and Jussi Jokinen made it 4-0 by the 6:46 mark of the first period.  Jaromir Jagr made it 5-0 33 seconds into the second period before the Flyers got on the board with a power play goal from Mark Streit 3:34 into the second period.  But Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo allowed no more, finishing with 38 saves, while Jagr and Smith finished off the scoring in the third period.  Steve Mason made four saves on eight shots in 6:46 before giving way to Michal Neuvirth, who stopped 19 of 22 the rest of the way. 
Tonight’s turning point came on the fourth goal from the Panthers to give them a 4-0 lead just over six minutes from the opening face-off… As a result Michal Neuvrith saw his first action as a Flyer coming in relief of Steve Mason… From that point the Panthers added three more goals and kept the Flyers scoring chances at a minimum to put the game out of reach.
First: Vincent Trocheck - The 22-year-old third round pick from 2011 had a breakout night with a goal and three assists for four points. He led the charge to Florida getting out to a 4-0 lead after the first period.


Second: Jaromir Jagr - At 43-years-old, Jagr posted a pair of goals on the night with three shots on goal… He also logged 16:47 of ice time on 22 shifts and a +2 rating.

Third: Reilly Smith - Acquired in the off-season from the Dallas Stars, Smith began his Panthers career with a pair of goals, both of which came on the power-play.
Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the four goals that Florida scored in 6:46 marked the second-fastest four goals ever allowed by the Flyers - The fastest occurred on February 8, 1969 in a 6-5 loss at Boston, when the Flyers scored an early PPG and then saw the Bruins score four consecutive goals to take a 4-1 lead… The 4-0 deficit after 6:46 of play was the fastest the Flyers have ever gone down by four goals… The old record was at the New York Islanders on January 30, 1986 when New York went up 4-0 7:13 into the game on their way to an 8-4 victory… Ryan White was a perfect 4-for-4 on faceoffs, while Claude Giroux went 15-for-22 (68 percent)… The Flyers finished with 39 shots on goal.  Mark Streit and Jake Voracek had six apiece, while Brandon Manning and Scott Laughton each had five.
It’s early in the year, and the one thing that is absolute is that nobody’s going to over-react. You take this situation and you deal with it for what it is, deal with it honestly, and most of those dealings will take place in the locker room.
(Dave Hakstol)

There’s nobody to put this game on except myself. I take full responsibility for the outcome of this game. When your starting goaltender performs like that it puts everybody behind the eight-ball right away and I’m disappointed by that effort.
(Steve Mason)
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