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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 5, Flyers 2

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 3 1 1 0 5
Flyers 0 0 2 0 2
FLA - P. Mueller (5), T. Kopecky (4), PS - J. Huberdeau (7), PP - J. Huberdeau (8), P. Mueller (6)
PHI - L. Schenn (2), J. Voracek (7)

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia rapidly is becoming a can't-miss destination for Jonathan Huberdeau.

The Florida Panthers rookie forward scored twice and had a pair of assists, and Scott Clemmensen stopped 32 of 34 shots for his first win of the season as the Panthers snapped a five-game winless skid with a 5-2 win Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I want to work with a lot of moves. I think that I used and I scored on him on the other move so I wanted to change it a little bit and that's what I did. It worked out for me...(Joking) Hopefully he's going to have some nightmares."

- Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau on his penalty shot goal to Fox Sports Florida.
1. Quick Strike Takeover: Having fallen in their last five straight games, and playing in a hostile environment, the Panthers needed a quick start. They couldn't have asked for any better start as they scored three goals in a two minute span almost midway through the opening period. Two goals, in fact, came in just 29 seconds of play. First, it was a great play by Mike Weaver keeping the puck in the zone as the Flyers tried to clear the puck. The puck found it's way to Jonathan Huberdeau's stick and he in turn found Peter Mueller in the slot. All alone, the forward roofed the puck past Bryzgalov at the 8:15 mark. The Cats blueliner was at it again on the very next shift as he found Tomas Kopecky on the break with Philadelphia changing. The forward blasted another one top shelf for a 2-0 advantage.

2. Huby Duby Doo: The Cats super rook is definitely finding his groove of late. Having set up the Panthers first goal, the 19-year old really took over the game on the score sheet. On a breakaway two minutes following the Panthers opening goal, Huberdeau was hooked by Kimmo Timonen on the play. Not able to get off a shot, he was rewarded a penalty shot and he made Ilya Bryzgalov look silly once again for a three-goal advantage. If you remember, Huberdeau scored on a fantastic deke in the shootout to help the Panthers earn two points in Philadelphia the last time the two teams played. He changed up his move, skating backwards at one point but the result wast the same. 11:46 into the second period, he struck again, chasing Bryzgalov with the Panthers fourth goal of the night while the Panthers were on the power play. Then he started the play on the Cats fifth goal, as Mueller finished off Drew Shore's initial shot making it a 5-1 advantage. Huberdeau upped his point total to 13 (8-4-13) in 16 games, good enough for second in the rookie scoring race.

3. Clem And The Boys: Head coach Kevin Dineen had three netminders at his disposal and he decided to go with Scott Clemmensen. The goaltender, after all, entered the game with a 4-1-1 record and a .918 save percentage against Philadelphia in his career. Looking to bounce back from Feb. 12th's game against Washington in which he gave up six goals, the netminder rewarded his team as he was strong against the Flyers all night. If not for a Luke Schenn blast with 6:11 to play and a goal mouth scramble goal by Jakub Voracek with 4:25 to play, Clem would have skated away with the shutout as he stopped 32 shots for the victory. While he was good in the net, the defense did a much better job of clearing the puck out of the zone in helping give the Panthers a much needed victory.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@joanneruimy: @FlaPanthers that's the team we know, it would be nice if they play this way tomorrow night! #letsgopanthers

@Uruguayo21: @FlaPanthers love to see us win!!!!! Made my night! Great job in net Scottie C!! Rest up for tomorrow!!

@agruber6: That's how it's done right there. My @FlaPanthers with a huge win on the road. Go Cats!

@martysg: big win for @FlaPanthers in Philly tonight - beating one of my least-fave teams, too! 4 pts for the kid Huberdeau

@JasonD79: 4-point night for Jonathan Huberdeau tonight. Impressive rookie. #FlaPanthers #NHL

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Evonne Estep: And breathe..yyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy!

Shawn Sullivan: Apparently playing in one of the more intimidating venues in hockey is just the cure for what was ailing the Panthers. Good win!

Steve Martinson: Great effort! The youngster line is doing fine!

Joe Fiore: That's exactly what the Panthers need. 60 minute efforts, great goaltending, and great scorers.

Gerri Jessen: Alright! Finally an example of a better hustle from our offense and defense. Our rookie line is badass! And Clemmenson rocked it!h.

1. Scott Clemmensen was big in coming up with his first victory of the season. It took a while (six games) but it was worth it as he turned aside 32 shots for his fifth career victory against Philadelphia.

Mike Weaver the point scoring machine? Believe it (at least of late) as he recorded his second two assist game in the last three games. The defenseman who has played in 11 seasons in the NHL entered this season with three multi-assist games and five multi-point games. He's now got six points (all assists) on the season.

It's been extremely difficult to do. Sweep the season series in Philly but thanks to their shootout victory earlier and the 5-2 victory tonight, Florida did just that for the second time in franchise history. The other time came during the 2006-07 season.

4/8. The Kid Line is definitely alright. The trio, led by Jonathan Huberdeau tying a rookie game record of four points (2-2-4), combined for eight of the 12 points on the night. Peter Mueller recorded his multi-goal game in a Cat uniform and Drew Shore picked up his first multi-assist game along the way.

29. Talk about quick strike Cats. The Panthers got on the board at the 8:15 mark thanks to Mueller's first of the evening and then struck 29 seconds later (8:44 mark) off the tally of Tomas Kopecky.

Jonathan Huberdeau
If one thought it could be anyone but the rookie sensation. Had a hand in all but one of the Panthers goals in tying a franchise rookie record for points in a game.

 2 Goals, 2 Assists, 4 Points, 3 Shots, +1, 17:32 TOI
The Panthers are right back at it as they look to sweep the Philadelphia road trip tomorrow night with a game in Pittsburgh. It's the first meeting between the two teams this season and the only one in the state of Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh will be looking to get back in the win column after a tough cross-state rival defeat to Philadelphia Wednesday night as they tied the game at five with two minutes to play only to skate away with nothing as they gave up the game-winning goal with less than a minute to play in regulation. Despite the loss, Pittsburgh is currently 11-6-0 on the season, good enough for fourth in the Eastern Conference. They're led by their captain Sidney Crosby in scoring with 25 points (7-18-25). James Neal leads the way in the goals department with 12 goals on the season.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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