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Fly-by: Panthers 2, Flyers 1

Tuesday, 03.20.2012 / 7:32 PM / News
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Fly-by: Panthers 2, Flyers 1

   
          
  Laviolette    Wellwood    Jagr    Kubina
1. MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
The theme around the Flyers locker room at the end of the night was one of missed opportunities. Although the team had energy, jump and passion, the Flyers missed out on four power-plays in the first period, 42 seconds of which were a two-man advantage in which they failed to convert. From that point on the Panthers were disciplined and did not give the Flyers another power-play the rest of the game.

2. SO MUCH FOR SHOTS
The Flyers outshot the Panthers by an 8 to 1 margin in the first 11 minutes of the game. Despite the heavy pressure, Florida goaltender Scott Clemmensen stood his ground and the Panthers got on the board first. By the period's end, the Flyers had outshot the Panthers 11 to 4 and that pattern would continue throughout the game with the final tally in favor of the Flyers, 36-13.

3. THE LAVY TIMEOUT
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette used his 30-second timeout six minutes into the second period, just after a funny bounce off the glass went Florida's way giving them a 2-0 advantage. Following the timeout, the Flyers outshot the Panthers for the next nine minutes by a 9-0 margin, which included a goal from rookie Eric Wellwood to bring them within one goal with still over half of the game remaining.

4. FLYING WELL-WOOD
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette liked rookie Eric Wellwood's game tonight, pointing out his energy, which generated many of the Flyers opportunities. Wellwood's efforts earned him his fourth goal of the season. He also had a team high five shots on Clemmensen.

5. HOME STREAK ENDS
Along with Ilya Bryzgalov's nine-game unbeaten in regulation streak (8-0-1) ending, so too did the Flyers five-game home winning streak. Tonight was the Flyers second game in their season high five-game homestand with remaining games on Thursday (Washington), Saturday (Montreal) and Monday (Tampa Bay).
Tonight’s power play goal for Florida was the first PPG scored against Ilya Bryzgalov since February 25 at Calgary.  It was just the third PPG allowed by the Flyers in the last 13 games.
 
Claude Giroux played a team-high 24:10 tonight, including more than 10 minutes in the first period.  He was 17-for-20 (85 percent) on faceoffs.
 
The Flyers’ 62-percent faceoff performance was their highest of the season.
 
Florida’s 13 shots were the fewest by a Flyers opponent since December 7, 2009 at Montreal (3-1 L).  It’s the fewest by a Flyers opponent in a home game since Nov. 22, 2003 when Boston had 13 in a 3-2 Flyers win.
 
Sixteen of the Flyers’ 18 skaters had at least one shot on net and all 18 had at least one attempt towards the net.

Prior to the game, the Flyers loaned defensemen Erik Gustafsson and Brandon Manning to their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms


Eric Wellwood
Eric Wellwood takes tonight's Flyers star.

He recorded the Flyers lone goal on the night by banking a shot off of Florida defenseman Ed Jovanovski and past Scott Clemmensen.

Wellwood also led both teams with five shots on goal during the game.

The goal was Wellwood's fourth of the year and sixth point in his 15th game of the season.

 
"I think there is always confidence. I think this team has a lot of confidence that we'll come back from any deficit. Everyone thought we were going to come back and win, definitely."
- Eric Wellwood

"The message, especially with the power play, is to bring the puck to the net. We have big guys in there and units that have had a lot of success bringing the puck to the net. I do think you're right on the power play maybe we are looking to make too many plays or too many passes."
- Peter Laviolette
Tonight's turning point came in the first period for the Flyers.

After out-shooting the Panthers early, the Flyers fell behind by a 1-0 score, but soon after were given a power play, which later turned into a 5-on-3 opportunity for 42 seconds.

The Flyers failed to generate chances and score to draw even. Minutes later the Panthers went on the power play and scored to open up a 2-0 lead.

The second Panthers goal was enough for the team to hang on and proved to be the difference in their first victory of the year against the Flyers.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Tomas Kopecky collides with a Flyer    

Panthers 2, Flyers 1
Associated Press

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.

Clemmensen was outstanding for the Southeast Division leaders and he outplayed counterpart Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov is one of the hottest players in the NHL, and was chosen as the NHL's first star for the second straight week. He had 11 saves.

  FULL RECAP

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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