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Panthers Wrap-Up: Flyers 3, Panthers 2

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 1 0 2
FLYERS 1 1 1 0 3
FLA - E. Dadonov (1), T. Fleischmann (6)

PHI - D. Briere (5), B. Coburn (1), M. Read (4)
SUNRISE, FL (AP) - Danny Briere, Braydon Coburn and Matt Read scored and Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves in the Philadelphia Flyers' 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.

Bryzgalov won for the fourth time in five starts.

"You always give credit to your opponent when they beat you in your own building. There was a mixture of I don't think our will to compete was that strong tonight. I think that was a big difference maker for us and those things are really noticeable when you get on the power play and you have the extra man."

- Head coach Kevin Dineen on the Panthers power play going 0-5.
1. A Tough Pinch: Trailing 1-0 and in the second period, defenseman Mike Weaver made a decision to pinch on the play as the puck came towards him along the boards. Unfortunately he never got to it as the Flyers reached it first, and thus started a 3-on-1 odd-man rush with just defenseman Dmitry Kulikov back. Kulikov took the original shot lane away from Jakub Voracek but the winger passed it just out of Kulikov's reach to Braydon Coburn and the defenseman deposited it into the back of the net with Jose Theodore unable to get over enough on the pass. Making it 2-0, the Flyers were able to play their game, thus leaving the Panthers to really play catch up.

2. Penalty Shot Back Breaker: On a Panthers power play, Flyer forward Matt Read found himself on a semi breakaway four minutes into the third. Jason Garrison looked like he got his stick on the puck before taking Read down but the officials called for a penalty shot. Read made good on the shot as the puck snuck through Theodore's pads making it 3-1 in favor of the Flyers. It was the first penalty shot goal given up by the Panthers at home since 1996-97 season when Mario Lemieux scored on John Vanbiesbrouck on April 11 (eight attempts). The goal made it a two goal game and ended up as the game-winner with Tomas Fleischmann scoring with time running out.

3. Power Outage: Both the Panthers and Flyers certainly had their chances all night as the two teams combined for 54 penalty minutes, ending up with 12 power play chances but both penalty kill units were up to par, killing off all 12 opportunities (seven for Philadelphia and five for Florida). What was really tough was the 40 seconds the Panthers had in 5-on-3 time right before the eventual game-winner on the penalty shot. The Panthers could not get set up and failed to get a recorded shot on net. They had a perfect chance to tie it at two but the Flyers penalty kill units frustrated the home team. That was the case all night as Florida had nine shots on net while on the man advantage. Florida's penalty kill unit was just as impressive allowing just nine shots (on the seven Flyer opportunities).
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@TaoBoxer: Panthers lost. But it's a long NHL season. #WeSeeRed #FlaPanthers

@MetsPanthersFan: #flapanthers didn't play well tonight. I don't believe the #Flyers beat us - we were just flat! Disappointed.

@JessilynMorales: Tough loss for a much needed 2 points. Hopefully Tuesday is better! #FlaPanthers

@NinaSiberia: This loss hurts bad #FlaPanthers but I have nothing but love and faith in the boys! Props to Evgeny

@MsAlmightysarah: Bummed about the #flapanthers game though, #itsokay #weseered #foreverapanther.

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Chris Burt: Not our best game tonight, but not awful either. Flyers are pretty tough, especially with Bryzgalov and Pronger.

Stefan Willette: Depressing turn of events, but I do love the energy at the end. The old Panthers would have given up. These guys have some jump. 3-2 is still better than 3-1

Thomas Ouillette: Nice fighting guys. Way to give 110% till the buzzer.

Adam Hernandez: Good try but a series of of unfortunate events led to this only thing that I saw that we did wrong was turnovers in the PP but not cause of lazy play but just cause their PK is pretty damn good. Also Bryzgalov played well.

Joanne Ruimy: Very disappointing game tonight, sloppy plays, no control of the puck, I love my team but what happened tonight?


1. Rushing up the left side of the ice, Evgeny Dadonov netted his first of the season in his first game of the season (called up on Saturday from San Antonio). Dadonov scored with 10:20 gone in the second. The winger has had success against the Flyers scoring in both his games against them while posting three points.

6. It was the first time in seven games that the Panthers failed to register a point to put towards their record and just the first time in November. Florida had gone 3-0-3 in the previous six games.

Trailing by two, the Panthers got just a bit closer as Tomas Fleischmann scored with the Panthers net empty with 7.4 seconds left on the clock for his sixth goal of the season. The Panthers had just enough time for one last crack at tying it as they won the face-off and raced down the ice but the shot went high.

After posting just eight shots on the Panthers net in the first period, the Flyers more than doubled their output as the posted 18 in the middle stanza.

40. The Panthers had a golden opportunity to tie the game at two as they had a five-on-three power play opportunity for 40 seconds after Jaromir Jagr went to the box for hooking just 1:53 into the third and then Max Talbot went off for four minutes for high sticking. The Panthers couldn't convert as they failed to get off a single shot.

Ilya Bryzgalov
He was tested throughout but Bryzgalov was strong, stopping 10 shots in the first, six in the second and another 15 in the third with the Panthers pressing.

33 Shots, 31 Saves, .939 SV%
Florida hits the road for two games during the week, heading to Dallas (Tuesday) and Saint Louis (Thursday) before returning for four straight at the BankAtlantic Center. The Cats look to improve on their impressive road start to the season (6-3-0) in Dallas on Tuesday as they take on the Pacific Division leading Stars. Dallas has had an exceptional start to their season, going 11-5-0 thanks to a huge effort from netminder Kari Lehtonen who leads the league with 11 wins (11-2-0) and has a .934 save percentage and 2.20 goals against average.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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