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