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Panthers Wrap-Up: Flyers 7, Panthers 1

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 0 0 1
flyers 3 2 2 0 7
FLA - P. Mueller (1)
PHI - PP - W. Simmonds (2), M. Read (1), T. McGinn (1), M. Read (2), L. Schenn (1), M. Read (3), R. Fedotenko (1)

SUNRISE, Fla ( — Things are starting to come around for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Matt Read had his first NHL hat trick, Tye McGinn scored his first NHL goal and the Flyers routed the Florida Panthers 7-1 Saturday night at the BB&T Center for their second consecutive victory after three losses to open the season..

"It’s embarrassing. It’s not Panther hockey. Our fans come out expecting to see a lot better than last season. "

- Defenseman Mike Weaver.
1. A Nightmare First: Looking to end their skid, the Panthers needed a good start. Instead it was the total opposite as the Flyers struck for three goals in the opening 20 to chase Jose Theodore. The Panthers netminder had such a solid start to the season, entering the game with a 2.35 GAA and .939 save percentage. The Flyers however started the scoring with a 5-on-3 power play goal as Wayne Simmonds redirected a Kimo Timonen blast from the point just 3:10 into the game. Matt Read would make it a two goal adantage four minutes later (7:12) for what would be a big night, off the rush. Then with 1:09 left in the period, Tye McGinn recorded his first NHL goal off a redirect. That would be all for Theodore as the visitors scored on their chances in the first.

2. Quick Strike Second: Play settled down in the middle period until about two minutes left. Then the goals came in bunches. Read connected on his second of the night. Stationed in the slot, he one-timed the shot from Braydon Coburn past Scott Clemmensen with 1:26 remaining. Finally, the Panthers found the score sheet as Ed Jovanovski hit Peter Mueller with a home run pass and the forward went far side on the breakaway. The enthusiam gained by the goal was quickly suppressed as Luke Schenn fired one home from the point just squeeking the puck past the goal line 37 seconds later.

3. Finishing With Hats And More: In what seemed like a slow game that wouldn't end, it got even worse for the home team as Read finished off his hat trick with a power play goal just 54 seconds into the third period. Then Ruslan Fedotenko gave the visitors a seventh goal falling to the ice at the eight minute mark. It was an extremely frustrating night to add to a frustrating losing streak where the Cats said it themselves following the game. They have to be a hard working team and outwork their opponents on a nightly basis but they just aren't accomplishing that right now.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@_DaraRoss: Ahhhhh #FlaPanthers..put this game behind you and come back strong tues night! #GetItOn #WeSeeRED

@SSH_Marc: I still have faith in the @FlaPanthers , it's diminishing, but it's still there. #RedWakeUpCall

@serdarsirin: @FlaPanthers Worst game I've ever attended. On my birthday no less...

@thorunnvt13: even though @FlaPanthers lost..... still so proud to see @qhowden21 play his first ever nhl game!

@BC_Castaldo: #FlaPanthers are 1-0 w/ me in the building & 0-4 w/o. Anyone want to buy me @FlaPanthers season tickets to try and get things back on track?

Memorable fan posts from the game.

King Tiny: This is just bad hockey.. Hopefully they are just rusty

Gunther Schenk: After going to games for over a decade, this was the first time I left before the end of the third period. Truly hard to watch tonight.

Butch Coolidge: worst game ever

Jason Hurbon: man i hate that, they need to pick up there game

Alejandro Hernandez: Come on guys! Wake up!

1. There was a lot of Panthers firsts in this game. Forward Quinton Howden became the fourth Panther to make his NHL debut, finishing with a shot and four hits along with a minus-3 on 9:29 of ice time. Peter Mueller recorded his first goal as a Panther, getting set up by Ed Jovanovski's first point of the season.

3. Florida allowed at most four goals in the first four games of the season. They almost allowed that in just one period of play against the Flyers as they connected on three goals in the opening period of play.

12. More than half of the Flyers team helped secure the win as 12 players picked up at least one point on the night. Six of them registered two points, Matt Read's first hat trick of his career.

26.9. The Flyers made their shots count Saturday night as they scored on seven of their 26 shots on the Panthers goaltenders. That's a 26.9 shooting percentage.

83. If there was any positive to take out of this game, the Panthers did do well in the face-off circle. The team finished, winning 60% of the face-offs (38-of-63). They were led by rookie forward Drew Shore who won 10 of his 12 draws for 83%.

Matt Read
Pretty easy pick when you net your score almost half your team's goals and record the first hat trick of your NHL career.

 3 Goals, 3 Points, 3 Shots, +2, 14:43 TOI
The Panthers will have two days off after this one as they don't play again until Tuesday. There, they'll travel across the state to take on their in-state and Southeast Division rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts, who play Philadelphia on Sunday in Tampa, have gotten off to a strong start to the season, winning three of their first four games. They gave the Senators their first loss of the season on Friday night, winning an offensive affair, 6-4. Center Steven Stamkos (2-6-8), winger Martin St Louis (3-4-7) and rookie Cory Conacher (2-5-7) lead the offensive way that has posted 19 goals in their first four games.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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