Talk bout making a difference at both ends of the ice.
Andreas Nodl's first goal in 19 games helped the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Wednesday night -- but so did his save in the crease to prevent a goal early in the third period.
With the Flyers leading 3-0, Nodl kicked away Marty Reasoner's 's rebound attempt with his skate. The play was called no goal on the ice, and a video review ruled that the puck didn't completely cross the goal line.
"I don't know what I was doing in the crease," Nodl said. "I just tried to kick it out with my skate, and luckily it didn't cross the goal line."
Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said he was certain a goal should have been awarded.
"I'm at a loss," DeBoer said. "You poll 100 people, show them that play, and 100 people would say that's a goal, but Toronto says it isn't. What are you going to do?"
Nodl's play became a huge one when the Panthers rallied on goals by Rostislav Olesz at 1:40 and David Booth at 12:29. Florida continued to press for the tying goal until Danny Briere took Nodl's breakout pass and hit the empty net with 21.7 seconds left.
Philadelphia was outshot 19-9 in the third period, and the Panthers had several good scoring chances before Briere put the game away.
"Sometimes teams are going to come back," Briere said. "You're not always going to win 6-0 or 5-1. Sometimes they're going to fight back, and that's what these guys did. They were embarrassed and fought back and made it interesting in the third."
For two periods, it looked like the Flyers would cruise to their 20th win in 29 road games.
Mike Richards opened the scoring 8:36 into the game when he took a pass from newly acquired Kris Versteeg and fired a quick wrist shot from the right faceoff dot past Tomas Vokoun. Versteeg, obtained this week in a trade with Toronto, earned his first point with the Flyers.
Nodl made it 2-0 at 9:41 when he got behind Vokoun and tipped in Briere's pass from inside the right circle.
"It's been a while," he said of ending his goal drought. "I've been waiting. I think I've gotten a lot of chances and I finally got one."
It was a disappointing start for the Panthers, who came into the game with a 6-1-1 record in their last eight home games against the Flyers and were riding the emotion of Sunday's 3-2 win against San Jose.
"It's definitely a team that likes fast starts," Higgins said. "They've got a lot of skill, so if you play on your heels, they make you look pretty stupid. They made some nice plays on the goals."
Van Riemsdyk made it 3-0 when he beat Vokoun at 5:50 of the second period.
Olesz spoiled Bobrovsky's shutout bid with a power-play goal, tipping Jason Garrison's wrister from the point and backhanding his own rebound past Sergei Bobrovsky. Booth made it a one-goal game when he picked off a pass just inside the Flyers' blue line, skated in and fired a wrist shot over Bobrovsky's left shoulder. The rookie goaltender finished with 32 saves to improve to 23-8-3. He's won eight of his last 10 starts.
"They definitely picked up their play a little bit, but we've got to be a lot better," van Riemsdyk said. "That was good to jump out to a lead like that, but we've got to be consistent for 60 minutes."
The Flyers, which won 4-3 in a shootout at Tampa Bay on Tuesday, lead the East with 81 points, seven more than the Lightning. Meanwhile, the Panthers fell to 12th in the East and remained seven points behind eighth-place Carolina.
"They're a great team and had us on our heels," DeBoer said. "But we battled back and I'm proud of the effort our guys displayed tonight."
Material from team media and wire services was used in this report