Flyers Lose First Regulation Game of the Season

Flyers lose their first regulation game of the season, 4-2 to the Panthers. The red-hot Florida Panthers (5-0-0) came into the City of Brotherly Love to challenge the Philadelphia Flyers (2-1-1). Neither team had been beaten so, something had to give.

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GAME ACTION

Aaron Ekblad (1a) and Patric Hornquist (1a) set up Star of the Game, Jonathan Huberdeau (2g,1a) who fired a wicked wrist shot that beat Carter Hart. The tally came with 3:00 remaining in the opening period.

PERIOD TWO

Sean Couturier (1a) placed a perfect pass that Claude Giroux (1g) rifled past former teammate, Sergei Bobrovsky on the man advantage to tie things up, 1-1. Cam Atkinson added his 17th career short-handed goal on a breakaway. Just when it appeared Philadelphia was ending the period with a lead. Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar (1a) worked the puck to Owen Tippett (1g) who potted one behind Carter Hart with just 26.6 left in the stanza.

FLYERS COME UP SHORT

Philadelphia couldn’t generate much offense in the final stanza. Huberdeau buried a Sam Bennett (1a)pass on a pretty rush on a back-breaking short-handed marker. “Our execution was off on the power play and we wanted it to happen,” Huberdeau said. “We gave a shorthanded goal, but we got it back and that was huge for us.” Added Panthers Coach, Joel Quenneville: “Most guys are going to turn, come on back to the bench but he stuck with it and that was a pretty nifty play. That was a good pass originally on the play from Bennett and Huby was do. There he goes.” With Hart pulled, Sam Reinhart (1g) clinched the 4-2 Florida victory that keeps them perfect for the season.

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BEHIND THE GAME

Ryan Ellis was a scratch with an undisclosed injury. Referee, Gordon Dwyer left in the first period and did not return.
Special teams clearly were the story in this one. 11 power plays revealed just two advantage goals. The Flyers went 1 of 4 with a shorty.

A question entering the season was the Flyers penalty kill. Well, they killed off 6 of 7 Panthers chances but, were burned with a short-handed goal. Philadelphia has killed 13 of 16 disadvantages. Bobrovsky stopped 27 of 29 Flyers shots with Carter Hart also turning aside 27 tries on 30 chances. In his three games, Hart has stopped 85 of 93 shots. Philly dominated from the circle with a 59% ratio. Flyers lose their first regulation game. Let us see if they can bounce back on the coming road trip.

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