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Panthers Wrap-Up: Flyers 2, Panthers 1

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 0 0 1
Blues 2 0 0 0 2
FLA - B. Boyes (1)
PHI - B. Schenn (2), B. Coburn (1)

PHILADELPHIA, PA —  (AP) - A new coach didn't solve all the Philadelphia Flyers' problems, but for one night at least they looked to have gotten on the right path.

Brayden Schenn and Braydon Coburn each scored a goal, and Steve Mason made 33 saves when the Flyers, in the debut of coach Craig Berube, defeated the visiting Florida Panthers 2-1 for their first victory of the season..

"There's always different ways to look at a game. At the end of it, we're not displeased with the way we  played but you don't win the game and we need to find a way to finish those off and turn those momentum pushes into some offense and eventually that turns into points.."

- Head coach Kevin Dineen.
1. Thomas Leaves As Flyers Score Two Lively Goals: The Panthers came out with a good road start, outshooting the Flyers 6-1 in the first but it was the Flyers that struck thanks to the lively boards at Wells Fargo Center. Brayden Schenn scored off a long shot by Jakub Voracek that went off the back boards and fooled Tim Thomas as the netminder spun to just miss the airborn puck. Then less than three minutes later, Thomas' night ended as he slightly pulled his groin on a long shoot in by Sean Couturier and then goal by Brayden Coburn from the side boards (7:31 mark). Thomas slammed his stick in frustration as he left the ice to be replaced by Jacob Markstrom but head coach Kevin Dineen said following the game he didn't think the injury was serious.

2. Stone Mason: Florida had their chances throughout the game but Flyers goaltender Steve Mason was the best player on the ice. He stopped 33 shots, most of which were of quality attempts. Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau was robbed from the slot early in the first period and No. 2 overall pick Aleksander Barkov was robbed on several great chances while all alone. Shawn Matthias had his own glorious chance on a shorthanded breakaway but was denied as he tried to go five-hole on the Flyers netminder. Florida threw 12, 13 and nine shots on net but only Brad Boyes' rebound goal with six seconds left in the second period was able to beat Mason. 

3. Power Outage: It's definitely one of those games where the Panthers deserved a better fate, allowing the two early goals but holding the Flyers pinned in their own zone and getting quality chances on Mason but for the third straight game, the power play failed to find the back of the net, giving one of the reasons for not being able to pick up two points. Moving the puck around much more fluidly than in St Louis, the Panthers had five power play chances on the night and 10 minutes of time. That included a four-minute power play early in the third period but they couldn't find the equalizer. With the team pressing for the tying goal, Erik Gudbranson was whistled for a five-minute major penalty. Florida killed that off and a Ryan Whitney high-sticking penalty with 2:37 to play but killing off nine minutes of power lay time in the final 10 minutes was certainly not beneficial as the Flyers held on for the 2-1 victory.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@PUCKSandFILMS: Solid game @FlaPanthers just got to bury those scoring chances. Keep playing like that and you will win most of the time! Go Cats!

@BrunoAKSG: That is one loss i can certainly live with by my @FlaPanthers amazing job by the alien @j_markstrom well be fine this season @goldieonice

@jcbresnock: Mason played outstanding in goal for the Flyers. @FlaPanthers played great! Just gotta come back on Thursday and beat the Lightning.

@ShelbyCoker: Tough loss for @FlaPanthers

@goldieonice: Panthers had about a half dozen great scoring chances. Need to bury them. Mason played well too. On to Tampa. #FlaPanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Greg D Krienke: Played a good game, that sort of effort will result in more wins than loses, keep pushing. Great job as well to Markstrom coming in off the bench and playing awesome.

Susan Miller Cross: Great game. Had plenty of chances but didn't hit the net. We're just warming up...........Come on Cats.

Andy Amstutz: Didn't get the bounces in this one... if we play like that every game, we'll be fine. Need to get the PP rolling, though.

Jeff Carter: how many power play chances did the cats come away from empty handed? alien was a wall though and the pk was great! loved the intensity but gotta find a way to the back of the net. let's take it to the bolts boys!

1. Two games after picking up his first NHL goal in his first NHL game, Aleksander Barkov registered his first point, assisting on Brad Boyes' second period goal.

5. The penalty kill units were exceptional Tuesday night as they both killed off five power play chances by the other team. The teams had 23 minutes of power play time, including a five-minute major for Philadelphia but the penalty kill units were up to the task. 

It looked like Florida would head to the third period trailing by two but Boyes changed that as he scored on the rebound with just six seconds left on the clock.

Pressed into duty after Tim Thomas went down with an injury early in the first period, Jacob Markstrom was strong between the pipes, stopping all 25 shots he faced. 

Center Scott Gomez finished atop the face-off win percentage among all skaters in the game, winning 70% of his draws (7-of-10).

Steve Mason
Easily the best player on the ice, keeping the Panthers off the board with the exception of a Boyes goal late in the second. Made plenty of difficult saves in the victory.

34 Shots, 33 Saves, .971 SV%
The Panthers finish up their four-game season opening road trip on Thursday night with a game across the state in Tampa. The Lightning earned a 3-2 overtime victory in Buffalo Thursday night for their second victory in three games. Having offensive firepower in the likes of Steven Stamkos and Martin St Louis, the Lightning have recorded one, three and three goals in their first three games of the season.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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