SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Comrie is wasting little time in making an impact
with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Comrie scored twice in his fourth game with Philadelphia on Friday and led
the Flyers to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.
"Mike's a good player," said Simon Gagne, who assisted on both of Comrie's
goals. "He's patient and he makes things happen."
Comrie was traded to the Flyers by Edmonton on Dec. 16, following a contract
dispute with the Oilers.
"As a team, we're satisfied because we re playing well," Comrie said.
"Our line is happy we were able to contribute offensively and defensively."
It was the Flyers' seventh consecutive road victory against Florida,
spanning four seasons.
"There are a couple of buildings where we do well," Flyers forward Mark
Recchi said. "We just played a good game in St. Louis and we seem to do well
in that building. It might be getting down to the sun and enjoying the weather
a little bit before we get ready to play a game."
The victory was costly for the Flyers, who lost captain Keith Primeau in the
first period. Primeau broke his right thumb when he was hit by a slap shot off
the stick of Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.
Primeau immediately lowered his right arm and skated off the ice. He said he
will visit a hand specialist once the Flyers return to Philadelphia after the
team plays at Tampa Bay on Saturday. It was not yet determined how long the
center will be out.
"He's been our best player all year," said Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock, who
indicated Primeau could miss about two to three weeks. "He's your captain.
That's what makes the team. People have to step up."
Comrie scored his second and third goals of the season in a span of 5:11 to
help the Flyers erase a 1-0 deficit.
Rookie Nathan Horton scored for the Panthers, whose six-game unbeaten streak
(3-0-3) at home was snapped.
"I'm not nervous anymore and confidence goes a long way," said Horton, who
has seven goals. "I have lots of it right now."
Jeff Hackett finished with 29 saves for Philadelphia, playing the sixth game
of a season-high, eight-game road trip. The Flyers are 2-2-1-1 so far.
The victory Hackett's eight-game winless streak (0-6-2).
"I've been getting points and I've had chances to win," Hackett said. "I
think I've played well enough to win four or five of those games, but for
whatever reason it hasn't been happening. You've got to keep battling. and
hopefully I turned a corner."
Roberto Luongo stopped 21 shots for Florida.
Comrie tied it 1-1 at 4:31 of the second when Gagne's centering pass went
off Justin Williams' stick and bounced off Comrie's right leg before sneaking
between Luongo's pads.
Comrie was fortunate on his second goal, as well. Gagne fanned on a wrist
shot, and the puck slid across the goal mouth to Comrie. He scored into the
open right side of the net as Luongo was out of position.
"Lately, it seems like all the goals scored against me have been fluky,"
Luongo said. "(The first goal) was a lucky play and unfortunately I didn't get
my legs closed fast enough."
The Flyers also got a break later in the second when Florida's Niklas Hagman
picked up a loose puck to the side of the net and hit the crossbar with a short
"I get one or two chances like that a game," Hagman said. "Those are
chances I have to put in if I want to play more."
Hackett preserved the lead in the third when he made a sliding glove save on
defenseman Mathieu Biron's one-timer on a centering pass.
"I was surprised he got that one there," Biron said. "I wish I could get
that one back and try something else."
Horton gave the Panthers the lead at 18:11 of the first when he took Matt
Cullen's pass in the slot and beat Hackett with a wrist shot to the stick