After stringing together some impressive wins, along with equally impressive team play, the Philadelphia Flyers were due for a bad game.
Tuesday night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the Flyers’ seven-game point streak came to an end in a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. The Flyers put little pressure on the Panthers in the neutral zone and did not forecheck very strongly.
Sean Bergenheim scored twice, and Erik Gudbranson scored to lift the Panthers to victory. Wayne Simmonds had the only goal for the Flyers.
The loss dropped Philadelphia record to 10-11-2.
Tim Thomas was spectacular, making 38 saves during the course of the game. During the third period, Thomas fought of a barrage of shots by the Flyers to preserve the win for the Panthers. Thomas improved his record against the Flyers to 14-4-2.
During the post-game interviews on CSN, Simmonds recapped the Flyers shortcomings.
“We didn’t play the game we wanted to. We know what we have to do to be successful. We made stupid plays in the neutral zone.”
After an even first period, the Panthers jumped on the Flyers early in the second as Bergenheim scored his first goal of the season on a wrap around. Stee Mason made the initial save, but Bergenheim gave one final poke at the loose puck to make it a 1-0 game.
Prior to the Bergenheim goal, the Flyers were given a golden opportunity to score the go-ahead goal. Scott Gomez and Gudbranson took penalties thirty seconds apart to give the Flyers a 5-on-3 for more than 1:20.
On a Florida power play late in the second period, Bergenheim redirected his second goal of the game to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead going into the third period.
The Flyers made the game close early in the third period when Simmonds scored on a rebound shot, which gave the Flyers some momentum. It was all squandered with 4:08 left in the third when Gudbranson’s shot popped into the air and landed behind Mason.
While the Flyers did not have the best effort tonight, they acknowledged what they did. Wednesday night the face a dangerous Tampa Bay Lighting team.