1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
After a scoreless first period, the Flyers exploded for four goals in the second to take a commanding lead and eventually a 5-1 win over the visiting Florida Panthers.
Following the last few seconds of a penalty entering the second period Sean Couturier continued his hot play and got the Flyers on the board a minute into the action, while Shayne Gostisbehere tallied his first goal of the season to make it 2-0.
After Claude Giroux put the Flyers up by three (see turning point below), they added added their fourth and final goal of the period on a nice finish from Dale Weise that began with Travis Konecny's speed, combined with an incredible pass from rookie Nolan Patrick.
Michal Neuvirth's 40-save performance was blemished only by a third-period power-play goal from Jamie McGinn before Valtteri Filppula added an empty-netter. Luongo stopped 34 of 38 shots in the loss.
2. TURNING POINT
The captain gets tonight's turning point… Trying to get back into the game, Panthers forward Derek MacKenzie led a rush shorthanded and, after Neuvirth made an initial save, MacKenzie then ran into Neuvirth, knocking him into his own net… The Flyers took advantage of the confusion and Filppula sprung Giroux with a breakaway pass, which he capitalized five-hole on Luongo.
The goal made it 3-0 and the decided advantage was in the Flyers corner for the rest of the game.Video: FLA@PHI: Giroux capitalizes on breakaway with PPG
3. THREE STARS
1. Michal Neuvirth: His first win of the season came by stopping 40 of 41 shots… Combined with his first start in LA, he now has a 1.52 GAA and .956 save percentage.
2. Shayne Gostisbehere: Recorded his third straight multi-point game, giving him 10 points (1g-9a), which is tied for the Flyers lead (with Voracek) in scoring.
3. Claude Giroux: Recorded his 400th assist as a Flyer and posted his second straight multi-point game.
4. STATS & STORYLINES
GOALS, GOALS, GOALS: The Flyers showed their Saturday night wasn't a fluke by putting up another five goals… They have now outscored their opponent, 13-3, in the first two games of their current five-game homestand.
The Flyers have recorded three goals or more in five of their first six games, with the lone exception being a shut out loss in the second of a back to back set to open the season in LA… The club has also potted four goals in four of the six games.
The Flyers now have 26 goals through their first six games. It's the 12th time in their history they've scored that many or more through six games, but the first time since 2005-06, just the second time since 1988-89 and for the first time when they were shut out in one of those six games.
SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS: The Panthers came in just as their four-game reputation called for - a team that fires a lot of pucks at the net… The Flyers were outshot by the Panthers, 7-1, in the first eight minutes and despite going shorthanded on two separate occasions in the first, they managed 15 shots in the opening frame.
Overall, Florida registered 41 shots on goal and have now posted at least 10 shots or more in 14 of 15 periods of play entering tonight's game.
FIRST STRIKE CAPABILITY: The Flyers once again got on the board first in the game… Couturier's goal in the second period came just after killing off the remaining time of the Panthers power-play… The Flyers now have all four wins when they score the game's first goal, while the Panthers have not scored the first goal of the game in all five regular season games thus far.Video: FLA@PHI: Couturier scores beauty at the doorstep
THE 400 CLUB: With his assist on Couturier's goal, Giroux recorded his 400th career assist in the NHL… He recently passed Mark Recchi on the list and currently ranks fourth all-time in that category in Flyers history.
Giroux also added a goal for his second straight multi-point game and now has nine points on the year with four goals and five assists… He now has 584 points in 661 games… Giroux is in his 11th season in the NHL and sixth as captain.
Also worth noting… Although he didn't get it tonight, forward Dale Weise is one step closer to playing his 400th NHL game… Tonight he appeared in his 399th NHL game.Video: FLA@PHI: Weise finishes Patrick's amazing feed
ANOTHER FIRST: Rookie defenseman Robert Hagg recorded his first point in the NHL with an assist on Shayne Gostisbehere's goal. And he certainly earned it. The play unfolded with Hagg blocking the shot, which bounced to Gostisbehere and eventually to Simmonds who executed a perfect give and go.
5. THEY SAID IT
"I mean, Florida, their shooting mentality of the team, they put everything at the net. That's what we expected. We knew their game plan and that's exactly what happened. I was ready for it."
- Michal NeuvirthVideo: Hear from Neuvirth following his solid performance
"Wealer did a great job there, I mean obviously it didn't show up on the score sheet, but he drove the defense back which opened the passing lane for Simmer to give to me so obviously it didn't go noticed but I definitely noticed it."
- Shayne GostisbehereVideo: Hear from Ghost following the 5-1 win over FLA