Anthony SanFilippo  - Philadelphia Flyers Inside Reporter | Friday, 02.08.2013 / 3:47 PM

PHILADELPHIA – This one just didn’t feel right from the beginning.

It’s hard to put a finger on why, but the game didn’t seem to have much juice. It didn’t have an edge – like the game Tuesday against Tampa.

It was missing zip, pep and oomph.

“The first period in general just seemed quiet,” said coach Peter Laviolette. “Both sides.”

And quiet was the kind of game the Florida Panthers wanted. It would take the Wells Fargo Center crowd out of the contest. It would bring the Flyers into a bit of a lull, and maybe they could take advantage.

It wasn’t the perfect plan, but it worked well enough as the Flyers did lose to the Panthers 3-2 in a shootout, still earning a point in the standings.

The Flyers led for a good portion of the game, and were the better team much of the night as well, but the Panthers were able to hang around and tie the score with a power play goal in the third period and then after withstanding a hellacious attack by the Flyers in overtime, won the shootout with relative ease.

“It’s frustrating,” said captain Claude Giroux. “Most of the game we played well. We played some good hockey. There were a couple minutes there in the first where we were a little sloppy everywhere, but all around we played a pretty good game and a pretty solid team game.

“But in the end, we need those points. We needed that shootout win and we couldn’t get it done.”

Over the course of a normal season, shootout losses are aggravating, but often acceptable because it was only one point lost not two, and usually the team could justify that loss by saying it played well enough to win.

But in a shortened season, no can do. Especially when the team put itself in a hole and lost six of it’s first 10 games.

“It’s frustrating to lose a point tonight,” said Mike Knuble, who may have been the best Flyer skater in the contest, assisting on one goal and making a diving stop on a backcheck to save a breakaway chance. “If it’s an 80-game season you don’t sweat it so much but you’re trying to climb the ladder and you need everything you can get.

“We were fine and ended up not being able to kill a penalty and that happens. I don’t know if we were back on our heels a bit in the third but you’ve got to kill a penalty and that’s how you’re going to win the game. We couldn’t do it tonight and it’s frustrating to lose the point.”

Down a goal in the first period, Jake Voracek was able to tie the score for the Flyers with a power play goal from the right circle that was fired through a finely placed screen by Tye McGinn.

Matt Read gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead in the second period, roofing the rebound of a Knuble shot. Knuble spent the entire shift digging out pucks, and really was a one-man-wrecking-crew on the play, which ended in a reward for Read.

But, that’s all the Flyers could muster, and missed out on a couple power play chances in the third period.

“We didn’t make a difference, so that was probably why we didn’t win the game,” Voracek said. “We had a couple chances in the game. We had a couple chances in overtime to win it too, but we didn’t and they buried their chances. So that was the difference.”

That overtime was spent almost exclusively in the Florida end, but Panthers goalie Jose Thoedore was equal, and kept the puck out of the net making 30 saves.

When the game moved to the shootout, it was advantage Panthers.

Jonathan Huberdeau made a nifty move to beat Ilya Bryzgalov (22 saves) and then Peter Mueller fired the dagger with a nasty glove-side snipe.

Meanwhile, Theodore stoned both Read and Claude Giroux, ending a sluggish night in disappointing style.

“In the first period we were a little slow out of the gate,” said Danny Briere. “Instead of being on the offense, we were on our heels. Maybe if we come out a little better maybe we jump to a one-nothing lead instead of playing from behind. I think that it’s the first period I would like to have back.”

Instead, they go forward, and prepare for a rematch with Carolina Saturday afternoon.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
10:52FLA Jack Skille (1) ASST: Dmitry Kulikov (2), Mike Weaver (2) 1 - 0 FLA
11:44PHI PPG - Jakub Voracek (2) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (5), Claude Giroux (4) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
02:42PHI Matt Read (4) ASST: Mike Knuble (2), Sean Couturier (3) 2 - 1 PHI
3rd Period
08:35FLA PPG - Stephen Weiss (1) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (6), Dmitry Kulikov (3) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1FLAJonathan Huberdeau - Goal
2PHIMatt Read - Save
3FLAPeter Mueller - Goal
4PHIClaude Giroux - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDFlorida PanthersPhiladelphia Flyers
1Jonathan HuberdeauMatt Read
2Peter MuellerClaude Giroux
Three Stars of the Game
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 32TOI: 64:55
GA: 2EV: 23-24
PIM: 0PP: 6-7
SV%: .938SH: 1-1
Mike Knuble
Mike Knuble
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:31
Stephen Weiss
Stephen Weiss
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:56
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:39PHI Claude Giroux  Hooking against  Dmitry Kulikov
11:24FLA Filip Kuba  Interference against  Mike Knuble
17:25PHI Kimmo Timonen  Tripping against  Shawn Matthias
2nd Period
06:03PHI Zac Rinaldo  Interference against  Filip Kuba
17:11FLA Brian Campbell  Tripping against  Matt Read
3rd Period
08:25PHI Bruno Gervais  Tripping against  Jonathan Huberdeau
11:06FLA Mike Weaver  Tripping against  Daniel Briere
13:52FLA Dmitry Kulikov  Interference against  Daniel Briere
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/41/4
Faceoff Wins2631
Blocked Shots1912
Penalty Minutes88
7D. KulikovD0211223:11
9S. WeissC1003019:56
11J. HuberdeauL00-11015:23
12J. SkilleR1011013:26
14T. FleischmannL0102016:35
17F. KubaD0000220:02
18S. MatthiasC0013010:11
22G. ParrosR00-1007:00
23T. StrachanD00-11016:04
25J. SmithsonC0001010:12
32K. VersteegR0001018:38
43M. WeaverD0111223:27
44E. GudbransonD0001021:02
50D. ShoreC00-10017:45
51B. CampbellD00-13226:33
57M. GocC0012018:01
82T. KopeckyR0003020:02
88P. MuellerC0000016:17
60J. Theodore3032.93864:55
3K. FosterD0000011:33
5B. CoburnD0003024:12
8N. GrossmannD0001018:12
9M. KnubleR0112013:31
10B. SchennC00-11018:26
14S. CouturierC0112018:46
15T. McGinnL0003017:10
22L. SchennD0001023:31
24M. ReadR1013019:50
25M. TalbotC0001014:00
26R. FedotenkoL0000012:27
27B. GervaisD0001219:23
28C. GirouxC0103221:05
32T. SestitoL000004:18
36Z. RinaldoC00-10212:59
44K. TimonenD0103226:20
48D. BriereC0004020:36
93J. VoracekR10-14017:31
30I. Bryzgalov2224.91765:00