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Panthers Wrap-Up: Flyers 5, Panthers 0

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Flyers 1 2 2 0 5

PHI - PP - B. Schenn (9), M. Read (19), S. Hartnell (32), PP - J. Jagr (18), E. Wellwood (4)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ilya Bryzgalov made 28 saves to record his second shutout in three games and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Florida Panthers 5-0 on Thursday night for their fourth straight win.

Brayden Schenn, Matt Read, Scott Hartnell, Jaromir Jagr and Eric Wellwood scored for the Flyers.

"We have to find a way to score goals. We can sit there and diddle around and try and find words, but we have to have a concerted effort to go and score goals."

- Head coach Kevin Dineen to the Miami Herald
1. Special Teams Struggles: The Panthers had good jump in the opening period and yet found themselves trailing once again. It's the 12th time in the last 16 games the team has given up the first goal and the goal came with the Flyers on the power play. Brayden Schenn was all alone and wristed a shot from a cross-ice pass from Claude Giroux past Jose Theodore 10:35 into the first period. The Panthers meanwhile had two power plays in the opening period but couldn't get anything generated. Then with the Flyers up 3-0 in the third, Jaromir Jagr scored from the slot on a five-on-three power play to put the nail in the perverbial coffin. The Flyers were fantastic on the power play, scoring on half of their chances (2-for-4) while the Panthers recorded just three shots in getting shut out (0-for-4).

2. The World Of Bryz: After being acquired and then signed to a large contract in the off-season, Ilya Bryzgalov has had a tumultous season. Hot one week and then not so the next, Bryzgalov has been on his game in his last three starts, giving up five goals while recording a shutout in three victories. He's made 92 saves (.968 save percentage) over that time. He was tested early with the Panthers pressure and turned away all 11 shots. He faced another nine shots in the second and X more in the third. He was up to the task in recording his fourth shutout of the season. Most of the shots were pretty easy for the Flyers netminder to be seen but he did have to come up with the saves.

3. Showing Fight Throughout: A power play goal in the first, then a gritty goal by Matt Read in the second followed by a snipe on the rush by Hartnell put the Flyers comfortable up 3-0 after two periods. While the Panthers couldn't solve Bryzgalov and the final looked like a complete blowout, Florida just couldn't capitalize on the chances that they had. One example, Stephen Weiss pulled Bryzgalov out of the net in the second but shot the puck straight and wide of the net. Against a tough Flyers team, the Panthers haven't backed down and that can be seen by the three fights that took place (although two counted on the penalty sheet). Matt Carle and Jack Skille threw some punches in the first after Skille went hard to the net and hit Bryzgalov after being pushed into the netminder by Carle. Then Krys Barch squared off against Jody Shelley after Read made it 2-0. Finally, Erik Gudbranson and Zac Rinaldo squared off early in the third period in a very good fight.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@Van_Murph: Credit where it's due: The @washcaps wanted it more tonight. Race is getting tight. #FlaPanthers STILL control their own destiny! #StepUp

@JagsFan93: I'm willing to forgive and forget #FlaPanthers... only if you rebound tomorrow.

@Samantha_Pelaez: Rough shut out for the #FlaPanthers tonight against the #Flyers. On to #Pittsburgh tom night

@daleftlaud33: Another tough loss for the all or nothing #flapanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Oti Gimenez: we sucked tonight. we need to depend on others teams. Disgusting effort tonight. At this rate we don't make the playoffs

Dara Ross: I pray that Huberdeau is a star in the making because the cats need one asap! We have had way too much trouble scoring goals on a consistant basis since the departure of Pavel Bure

Thomas Sterling Shoffield III: inconsistancy and lack of scoring depth is killing this team @ryan price i wouldnt assume anything if i were you about the panthers being better then anyone no one can tell the future for sure

7. Stopping all 28 Panthers shots, Ilya Bryzgalov picked up his fourth shut out of the season. It was the seventh time that the Cats have been shut out this season. After being shut out just three times through January, Florida has been held off the scoreboard four times in a little over a month of play (Feb. 7, Feb. 19, Mar. 1, Mar. 8).

10. It was a pretty spread out effort from the Flyers perspective as ten different skaters picked up points in the 5-0 victory. Danny Briere and Claude Giroux were the only two players to have multiple point games with both forwards picking up two assists on the night.

32. Getting behind the Panthers defense on a turnover and with Florida late in a shift, Scottie Hartnell scored on the rush with a high shot 12:49 into the second, Hartnell net. It was the forward's team-leading 32nd goal of the season which is tied for fifth most in the league.

38. Allowing a Flyers goal in the first period on the power play, it was the 38th time that the Panthers have given up the first goal of the game. It was also the 12th time in the last 16 games that they've allowed the opponent to score first.

83. Center Marcel Goc had a great night in the face-off circle winning 10-of-12 on his draws (83%). That success helped the Panthers to a 54% face-off advantage in the circle (27-of-50).

Ilya Bryzgalov
Easily saw the majority of the Panthers shots but when tested, came up with the big save. Stopped 28 shots in picking up second shutout in last three games.

28 Shots, 28 Saves, 1.000 SV%
It's another game right away as the Panthers play their second game in two nights. This time they'll be in Pittsburgh as they take on a white-hot Penguins team. Pittsburgh has won their last seven straight dating back to Feb. 21st with a 2-0 win over the NY Rangers. Pittsburgh has outscored their opponents 28-10 over those seven games. The Pens which are fourth in the Eastern Conference with 85 points has won two of the three games in the season series against the Panthers. The Pens are led offensively by Evgeni Malkin (81 points in 38 games) and James Neal (62 points in 66 games). Malkin is tied for the league lead in scoring with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos. Between the pipes, Marc-Andre Fleury has seen the majority of the time, posting a 35-14-3 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.29 goals against average.

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