SUNRISE, Fla. – In Philadelphia for the first time since a gut-wrenching October loss that saw star forward David Booth injured on a hit by Flyers captain Mike Richards, the Florida Panthers returned to the City of Brotherly Love and used a complete team effort to dominate the Flyers, 4-1, on Monday night, and continue their rise up the Eastern Conference standings.? ?
The Panthers got a career-high four points from Stephen Weiss
, two goals from Nathan Horton and a goal and two assists from Michael Frolik for their fifth win in seven games. There were also four fights in an emotional game that saw the teams rack up 95 penalty minutes.? ?
At 16-15-7, the Panthers are eighth in the Eastern Conference with 39 points, and just two points behind fifth place Boston.
Florida’s huge turnaround after a tough start to the season can be attributed largely to a surging offense that is currently fourth in the conference with 111 goals. The Cats have been led by young stars Horton (13-24-37) and Weiss (18-19-37), who are tied for 17th in the league in scoring, as well as second-year forward Michael Frolik (11-12-23). In addition, team captain Bryan McCabe – who fought Richards in last night’s win over Philly – is top 15 in the league in scoring among defensemen with five goals and 20 points. Not to mention Tomas Vokoun, who has won his last four starts and has a .924 save-percentage on the season.? ?
The Panthers are back in action on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers, before retuning home for a huge Sunday 5 p.m. game against the visiting Boston Bruins. Tickets are still available by calling 954-835PUCK or logging on to FloridaPanthers.com.