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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 3, Flyers 2 (SO)

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT SO T
Panthers 1 0 1 0 2-2 3
flyers 1 1 0 0 0-2 2
FLA - J. Skille (1), PP - S. Weiss (1), GW - J. Huberdeau
PHI - PP - J. Voracek (4), M. Read (4)

PHILADELPHIA — Jonathon Huberdeau and Peter Mueller both scored goals in a shootout to lead the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

Florida's Stephen Weiss tied the game at 2 midway through the third period with his first goal of the season. Jack Skille also scored for the Panthers..

"I was really nervous. When I got out there, I was shaking a little bit but when you're into it, you just think to just score I wasn't nervous after I got the puck."

- Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau on his shootout attempt and goal to Fox Sports Florida.
1. A Good Start: Playing their third game on the road in a row, the Panthers were looking for a nice quality start in a tough place to play in Philadelphia. They got that as they held the play in the Flyers zone for the first couple of minutes of play, getting some quality shots on Ilya Bryzgalov. After Philadelphia took over some of the play, the Panthers retook the momentum with the first goal of the game. Back in the lineup, Jack Skille entered the offensive zone before firing a wrist shot on Bryzgalov. The Flyers netminder got a piece of it but the puck still found the back of the net 10:52 into the game.

2. A Huge Power Play: Despite taking the early lead, the Panthers would find themselves in a tied game less than a minute later as Jakub Voraek scored on a power play from the just outside the face-off circle, beating Jose Theodore short side. Then early in the second period, Theodore had the puck for what looked to be trapped under his blocker but play continued and the Flyers dug the puck out and Matt Read scored top shelf from just outside the crease for a Flyers lead. Despite chances, the Panthers entered the third period trailing 2-1. Almost midway through the Cats got their fourth power play of the game and were able to finally capitalize on the opportunity. Just 10 seconds in, Stephen Weiss picked up the puck and beat Bryzgalov top shelf, tying the game with 8:35 gone.

3. Stretching The Streak: After that goal, the Flyers ramped up the energy and had chance after chance in the third period and then in overtime but Theodore was a brick wall. He stopped Daniel Briere on a couple of chances, Read on another and Flyers captain Claude Giroux on a couple more. With a point in hand, the Panthers looked for the second in the shootout and Panthers fans must have been pleased to see, especially with past shootout struggles, to see the Cats newest forwards in the lineup. First it was 19-year old rookie Jonathan Huberdeau who used what should be his "patented" deke and converted like he did all through Juniors. After Theodore stoned Read on the first shot, Peter Mueller came up and fired a quck low shot past Bryzgalov. All that was needed for the win was for Theodore to stop Giroux and that he did. A team effort as the Cats ran their point streak to four games (3-0-1). They'll have one game left on the road but it's already been a successful road trip as they've taken five out of six points.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@Cmarz19: Great game @FlaPanthers Nice win!

@HayIsNB: What a great shootout win for the @FlaPanthers !!! So happy for my boys <3

@barrenjude: great win! Great game! Except for a piece of the second period, I am glowing from #FlaPanthers pride #BelieveRed

@xtine770: Jumping on the bed and cheering is absolutely acceptable, even at 25! #win #hockey #NHL @FlaPanthers

@DPianin96: Creativity in the shootout. Never seen that before. It's nice @FlaPanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Jon Asher: Gotta love that move by Huby!

John Orjuela: Jose Jose Jose Jose .... Jose...Jose!

Steve Charles: no goalie in the league is stopping that move from your kid. That was just nasty.

Connor Miller: This is a preview of what's to come when the lines get good use to each other

Lynnette Violette: I always had to close my eyes during the shoot outs. Lol I'm glad I kept them open. Way to go guys!!

1. The Panthers goal-scorers were a couple of season firsts as Jack Skille and Stephen Weiss found the back of the net for the first time.

2. Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov had a good offensive game, setting up both Panthers goals. Also, the Panthers scored on both of their shootout shots as Jonathan Huberdeau and Peter Mueller both scored.

4. Trailing in the third it didn't look good but the Panthers tied it and then won in the shootout to string their point streak to four games (3-0-1).

7. While Philadelphia is known as a tough to play, the Panthers win means that they'll have won at least won game in the city of Brotherly Love in their past seven seasons. The two teams have won more meeting in Philly on Feb. 21.

10. It took just 10 seconds for the Panthers to score into their fourth power play attempt as Weiss knotted the game-tying goal.

Jose Theodore
After the first goal was brilliant, especially down the stretch in overtime (five saves) and the shootout (two saves).

 32 Shots, 30 Saves, .937 SV%
The Panthers close out their four-game road trip with a Southeast Divison meeting in Washington DC. The Capitals have struggled this season, picking up just five points in their first 11 games while going 2-8-1. With all the stars in the nation's capital, the offense has struggled, recording just 25 goals over that span. The defense hasn't been good either, allowing 41, tied for the most with Buffalo. That follows a 5-2 defeat to the Penguins on Thursday night.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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