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Panthers 4, Flyers 2
– Just three seconds into the contest, the game was already stopped as Gregory Campbell and Daniel Carcillo squared up in a fight. It was Campbell’s sixth fight of the season, tying him with Anthony Stewart for most fights this season and tied his career high for fights in a season (2007-08).7
– Finding a space in front of the crease on a Panthers power play, Cory Stillman nicely re-directed Jay Bouwmeester’s point shot, up and over Martin Biron for his 16th of the season, 7th on the man advantage 11:25 into the first. It was Stillman’s second power play goal in the last three games. Another seven stat for you, it is Stillman’s seventh career goal against the Flyers (33 games).11
– Florida showed that desperation they were lacking in the third period against Buffalo as they put their body in front of the puck in the defensive zone, blocking 11 Flyers shots as a team in the first period. Karlis Skrastins led the way with three blocked shots, the same amount the Flyers had as a team.13
– A very chippy first period as the two teams finished with 13 penalty minutes each on four minors and the fighting major. Defenseman Nick Boynton had six of the penalty minutes on a four-minute double minor for roughing and then holding while Darroll Powe had four of the Flyers 13 minutes with a slashing and a hooking call. There was six penalty minutes total in the last two periods.5
– Mike Richards is easily having the best season of his career. Off several odd-man rushes back-and-fourth, Richards found himself cruising down the left side of the ice all-alone. He made a head-fake and ripped it past Craig Anderson for his 41st of the season 14:07 into the second period. The goal extended his point-streak to five games (3 goals, 2 assists).23
– Richards goal hadn’t even been fully announced when the Panthers struck back. On another odd-man rush, Keith Ballard ripped a shot on goal. Biron made the save but the rebound went right to Radek Dvorak who put it in the net for his 13th of the season and his first goal in the nine games just 23 seconds after Richards’ goal.3.8
– The late period struggles for the Panthers continue. After giving up goals with 12.5 and 13.5 seconds left in the previous two games, Florida surrendered a goal to Scott Hartnell with just 3.8 seconds remaining in the period, tying the score at two.4/2
– Brett McLean has been hot lately. Seemingly always around the net lately, McLean gave the Panthers the lead once again, rebounding Nick Boynton’s shot past Biron just 2:38 into the third period. It was McLean’s fourth point in the last four games (2 goals, 2 assists) and second goal in the last two. It was his second game-winner of the year as well.6
– With Philadelphia pulling their goaltender for the extra attacker late in the game, Daniel Briere found himself in a one-on-one situation with David Booth at center ice. Booth stopped Briere in his tracks, stole the puck and potted it into the empty net with 33 seconds left in the game for his 27th of the season. It was Booth’s first goal in six games and the Panthers sixth empty net goal of the season (now tied for 20th in the league).8
– Making his first start in 12 games, Anderson was stellar between the pipes. The Cats netminder stopped 40 of the 42 shots he saw (9 in the first, 16 in the second and 15 in the third). It was the eighth time out of eight opportunities that the Panthers have picked up at least one point when Anderson makes 40 or more saves in a contest (6-0-2).3 (part II)
– With the win, the Panthers are now 2-0-1 (5 out of 6 points) against the Flyers this season. It guarantees them a winning record against Philadelphia for just the third time in the 15 years of the Cats history. Florida also had winning records against Philly during the 1998-99 season (2-1-1: 5 out of 8 points) and 2006-07 season (4-0-0: 8 out of 8 points).