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Bobrovsky makes 35 saves for Panthers in win against Flyers

Barkov, Connolly each has goal, assist to help Florida to fourth win in five games

by Alain Poupart / Independent Correspondent

Barkov snaps in juicy rebound

PHI@FLA: Barkov fires rebound over Hart

Aleksander Barkov jumps on a big rebound and beats Carter Hart top shelf to give the Panthers a two-goal lead in the 2nd period

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- Aleksander Barkov and Brett Connolly each had a goal and an assist for the Florida Panthers in a 5-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at BB&T Center on Tuesday.

Colton Sceviour, Jonathan Huberdeau and Mike Hoffman scored, and Evgenii Dadonov had two assists for the Panthers (11-5-5), who have won four of their past five games and are 6-2-1 in their past nine. Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves.

"We're a confident team, there's no question," Connolly said. "Guys are making plays and very confident in their abilities. To see us getting rewarded, it's been good. Everybody's got a pretty good idea of their role now, 20, 21 games in, and everyone is having fun contributing to our wins."


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Forward Morgan Frost scored in his NHL debut for the Flyers (10-7-4), who are 0-2-2 in their past four.

"I think after the first couple of shifts, kind of got comfortable," Frost said. "It makes it a lot easier when you're playing with [Claude Giroux] and [Travis Konecny]. After the first couple of shifts, I felt pretty good."

Philadelphia goalie Carter Hart was pulled at 10:25 of the second period after Huberdeau scored to make it 4-1. He made 14 saves. Brian Elliott made seven saves in relief.

Travis Sanheim gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead at 6:26 of the first with a slap shot from the top of the left face-off circle.

Sceviour tied it 1-1 at 10:38 before Connolly gave Florida a 2-1 lead at 12:30 when his shot from the corner below the goal line went in off the back of Hart's head.

Video: PHI@FLA: Sceviour scores from the point

"He saw me leaning a bit forward," Hart said. "Smart play by him. Kind of a dumb play by me to lean that much forward. I tried to get out of the way and duck under it, but it just banked off my head and in."

Barkov made it 3-1 at 6:46 of the second when he one-timed a rebound from the slot on one knee.

The line of Barkov, Huberdeau and Dadonov has combined for 39 points (16 goals, 23 assists) in the past nine games.

"Offensively, they are so creative," Bobrovsky said. "It's so fun to watch them. It's been great all season long, actually."

Video: PHI@FLA: Huberdeau scores high short side on Hart

Frost, who was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Monday, made it 4-2 at 14:20 of the second when he made a quick move to get in front of the net and flipped in a high backhand.

"I was kind of low in the D zone, and [Konecny] made a really nice pass," Frost said. "I saw a bit of room, and at first I was looking pass, and then I saw I had a lane to the net. I think the goalie put his stick out, so I just tried to go short side with him, and luckily it went in. I was a little shocked at first, but, yeah, great feeling."

Hoffman scored an empty-net goal at 17:28 of the third for the 5-2 final.

Philadelphia outshot Florida 14-5 in the third period.

"It was a good home win," Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said. "We had some stretches where we scored some good goals in the second period. In the third, we were on our heels a little bit. They came at us pretty good there in the third, and we weathered that one. [Bobrovsky] had a big save. It was a good win all the way around."

Video: PHI@FLA: Frost scores beautiful goal in NHL debut 


They said it

"We tried everything we could to come back. We played a real solid third period, had some real good looks. Their goaltender (Sergei Bobrovsky) made some big saves. Unfortunately, we had dug ourselves a hole and we couldn't come back. But I liked our first and third period. We gotta clean up that second period, those mistakes at their line." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault

"We played well enough to win for sure and took care of business at home here a little bit. We're getting better every day. It was good to see everybody chip in. Defensively, we were better. Always good to get two points." -- Panthers forward Brett Connolly


Need to know

Frost played 14:16 and had three shots on goal. ... Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov played a game-high 27:10. ... Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle's point streak ended at five games (one goal, nine assists). ... The game ended a Panthers streak of six straight decided by one goal, including one in overtime and two in the shootout. They were 3-2-1. ... Barkov's goal was his 142nd with the Panthers, tying him with Nathan Horton for fifth in Florida history. ... The Panthers were 0-for-3 on the power play, ending their nine-game streak with at least one power-play goal. They had a four-minute power play that started with 3:04 left in the second period after Philippe Myers was called for high-sticking Huberdeau.


What's next

Flyers: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday (7 p.m.; FS-CR, NBCSP, NHL.TV)

Panthers: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; FS-F, PRIME, NHL.TV)

Video: Bobrovsky, Barkov lead Panthers past Flyers

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