Flyers Tame the Panthers in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Flyers rolled to a victory over the Florida Panthers, Saturday, by a score of 5-2 improving their overall record to 11-4-2 and are 8-0-1 in their last 9 games. The Panthers record is now 7-8-0 and they are in last place in the Southeast division.
Philadelphia lead 5-0 midway through the second period on goals by captain Mike Richard (2 goals), young star Claude Giroux (2 goals), and gritty forward Scott Hartnell. These were Richards’ first goals against the Panthers in 20 games.
Flyers rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky was denied his first shutout when Cory Stillman and Mike Santorelli scored for Florida in the second half of the game. Bobrovsky was credited with his first assist on the first goal of the game.
Obvious reasons for the Flyers’ domination were the lack of penalties taken. Philadelphia entered the game as one of the most penalized teams in the league but were called for infractions only twice in the game compared to Florida’s 4. The Flyers were 1 for 4 on the Power Play and successfully killed off both penalties.
Before the game, the Flyers’ organization announced the long-term signing of forward Jeff Carter to an 11-year contract worth nearly $60 million.
Flyers forward Andreas Nodl left the game in the and period after blocking a shot with his foot. X-rays were taken but they came back negative.
The Flyers face the Ottawa Senators on Monday night. Ottawa is second in the Northeast Division, 4 points behind the Montreal Canadians.