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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 2, Flyers 1

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 1 0 0 2
Flyers 0 1 0 0 1
FLA - S. Weiss (18), PP - S. Bergenheim (17)
PHI - E. Wellwood (5)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Stephen Weiss and Sean Bergenheim both scored, and Scott Clemmensen stopped 35 shots to lead the Florida Panthers to their fifth straight win, 2-1 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Eric Wellwood scored for the Flyers.

"It's never easy coming off a long lay off there but it was a matter of getting a couple of saves under my belt and after that you kind of go from there...It's just a matter of trying to get in that comfort zone."

- Goaltender Scott Clemmensen to FS Florida on seeing his first action since March 3rd.
1. A Kill Here, A Goal There: When you're on the road, you look to kill off any momentum that the home team might get as they usually come out strong in the opening 10 minutes. The Panthers had their hands full in the opening period, thanks in large part to penalties. Florida was whistled for four minors in the opening period, having to kill off 7:18 of power play time. 42 seconds of that in fact came with two Panthers in the box with about four minutes to play in the opener. The penalty kill was up to the task in stopping the NHL's fifth best power play team. In fact, the penalty kill set up the first goal of the game. Five seconds after the Panthers killed off their second penalty of the game, Stephen Weiss took a clearing pass from Dmitry Kulikov, skated up the ice and then worked his way to the middle and past a crashing Pavel Kubina. Weiss, using Tomas Fleischmann as a bit of a screen fired a shot top shelf over Ilya Bryzgalov for a 1-0 Panthers lead 13:04 into the game. Having any kind of lead on the road, especially when having to play shorthanded was huge.

2. Wacky Bounces Around: After the first period ended 1-0 in favor of the Panthers despite being outshot 11-4, the Panthers upped their lead off a fortunous bounce off the glass in the second. On their first power play of the night, Brian Campbell sent the puck deep and off the glass. The puck took a nice bounce right to Sean Bergenheim who slammed home his 17th of the season 6:23 into the period. The "luck" goals would even at one just 1:31 later when Eric Wellwood, who was behind the goal line sent the puck out to the front of the net. Looking to pass to his teammate, the puck ended up going off defenseman Ed Jovanovski's skate and past Scott Clemmensen to make it a one-goal game once again.

3. Stellar Netminding Runs Streak To Five: With the way that Jose Theodore has been playing lately, one would have expected the Panthers to go with the hot hand against one of the league's best offenses. But head coach Kevin Dineen gave Scott Clemmensen his first action since his start against Nashville on March 3rd. The netminder, along with the Panthers penalty kill were the story of the night as Philadelphia held Florida in the defensive zone for the majority of the night. Having to play defense, Clemmensen saw 36 shots compared to just 13 that the Panthers had on Bryzgalov. The netminder was strong and the defense was huge in allowing a lot of one and done for the home team. By shutting down the Flyers, the Panthers have run their win streak to a season high five games as well as a six game point streak (5-0-1). The defense, led by their goaltenders have been stellar in allowing just eight goals over that span.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@DRokSH: Never been this excited about hockey in my life #FlaPanthers have made a true fan out of me I really do #BelieveRed

@Van_Murph: Once again the #FlaPanthers will be upstaged by other @NHL news (Crosby's big night)... Staying under the radar, baby! Just how I like it!

@JimHardiman: #FLAPanthers had a perfect PK and went one for two on Power Plays. Oh yeah, and a brick wall named Clemmensen. #BelieveRED

@CraigDavisRuns: #flaPanthers grit it out in Philly. Their most important win in yrs. That's playoff caliber. Out-shot but out-tough them

@stadi4ever: Two points from Philly with 15 blocked shots. Five straight wins. These #FlaPanthers are in the hunt for the #2 seed.

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Andy Amstutz: Not a pretty two points, but two points nonetheless. That's called making your opportunities count! Way to go, Clemmer! Keep it up, Cats.

Lydia Rosquete-Montoya: One heck of a WIN!!!!!

Colby Moran: They've finally learned to dig in and hold their leads and pull out wins no matter what!

Jay Adler: I LOVE the way the Panthers are not back-dooring their way into the playoffs! Great game tonight, great finish last Saturday, great game against the Bruins! I love Weaver, Goc, Samuelson being nice and aggressive on the forecheck!

Christina Colon: What a sweet win on the Flyers turf, I can't stop smiling :D


8. Picking up assists on the Panthers first two goals of the game, Brian Campbell notched his eighth multi-assist game of the season. It's his second time in the last three games that he's done that.

14. Entering the game, Florida had trouble beating all but one Eastern Conference team; the Philadelphia Flyers. With the 2-1 victory, the Panthers earned a win against each of the Eastern Conference teams this season.

35. Scott Clemmesnen stopped 35 of the 36 shots he saw, tied for fourth most saves in a game this season for the backstop. It was his second highest save total (41 - Jan. 21 at WPG) in a victory this season.

42. Already down a man on the ice as Sean Bergenheim was in the box for holding, the Panthers were whistled for their second penalty. Ed Jovanovski was sent to the box for tripping and the Cats were forced to kill off 42 seconds of a 5-on-3 Flyers power play.

91. For a game low on scoring, the Panthers and Flyers traded goals just 91 seconds apart (1:31) in the second period. Sean Bergenheim scored a power play 6:23 into the middle frame for a 2-0 lead while Eric Wellwood answered for Philadelphia at 7:54.

Scott Clemmensen
17 days since he last saw action, Clemmensen was an Ed Jovanovski skate away from the shutout against a potent Flyers offense.

36 Shots, 35 Saves, .972 SV%
Florida is right back at it as they are in Carolina to finish out a back-to-back game affair. The Panthers have had success against their Southeast Division rivals this season, going four-for-four in the win categories. Carolina has lost two of those in the extra session (one in overtime and one in shootout). While the Canes are 14 points behind the Panthers in the standings, the team has played extremely well of late, winning their last three over St Louis (top team in league), Minnesota and Winnipeg. The Hurricanes are led offensively by their captain Eric Staal (64 points in 73 games) as well as forwards Jussi Jokinen (41 points in 70 games) and Jeff Skinner (41 points in 55 games). Cam Ward has seen a huge chunk of the goaltending duties for Carolina, playing in 61 games and posting a 26-21-12 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.78 goals against average.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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