The Philadelphia Flyers (42-23-8) lost to the Florida Panthers by a final score of 2-1 on Tuesday night. The Panthers extended their winning streak to 5 games.
A familiar situation was presented to the Flyers on Tuesday night, when the Panthers scored the first goal just 13 minutes and 4 seconds into the first period on a Stephen Weiss tally. He was assisted by Dmitry Kulikov and Brian Campbell; Campbell would assist both of Florida’s goals.
In the second period, the Flyers were put on the penalty kill five minutes in thanks to a hooking call against forward Jaromir Jagr. This sparked the Panthers’ second goal of the game, when Sean Bergenheim lit the red lamp on a backhand. It was an extremely unlucky moment for Philly, because the puck bounced off the boards right onto Bergenheim’s stick.
However, only a minute later, the Flyers got their own lucky bounce. Eric Wellwood took the puck behind the net, turned, and tried to center the puck. Fortunately for him, the puck redirected off of a Panthers’ defenseman’s skate past Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen to cut the lead to 2-1.
Alas, that would be all Philadelphia could muster. Clemmensen was standing on his head all throughout the game, saving 35 out of 36 shots on the night. It was an unbelievable performance, as Clemmensen had a save percentage of .972. He really pulled through for the road team, keeping the Flyers off the scoreboard dozens of times.
Scott Hartnell had a great opportunity, late in the 3rd period off of a pass from Jagr, but he failed to score. The shot hit Clemmensen directly in the chest protector. The Panthers did a fantastic job in shutting down the neutral zone as well as forcing the turnovers that were crucial.
The game was crucial for the Flyers as they sat just 2 points behind the Penguins in the Eastern Conference. Still standing in 5th place in the conference, The Orange and Black have 9 games to prove themselves with some key match-ups in those games. Every game is critical for the Flyers here on out, as they need to be the team who gets hot at the right time.