Flyers Blue Line Shines In Panthers Rout
SUNRISE, FL -- The best way to get goals is by throwing the puck on net.
That message finally sunk in at the blue line, and the Flyers offense erupted to rout the Florida Panthers, 7-1, Saturday night.
Luke Schenn was arguably the most impressive player on the ice in the win. Schenn scored on a slap shot from the point, registered an assist and added a booming team-high 11 hits.
Kimmo Timonen got things started early for the Flyers. While on a 5-on-3 power play, the Finnish defensemen threw a shot on net, and Wayne Simmonds deflected the puck past Theodore for the game's first goal.
Just four minutes later, Matt Read netted the first of his three goals, working his way through Panthers traffic and beating Theodore high to the glove side.
Philadelphia wasn't done in the first period. The offense started again from the blue line when Braydon Coburn fired a shot from the high slot and rookie Tye McGinn tipped it past Theodore to give the Flyers a 3-0 lead.
After the period ended Theodore was chased from the game. He allowed three goals on nine first period shots by the Flyers.
Theodore gave way to Scott Clemensen in the second and he didn't do much better for the Panthers.
In the second, Coburn was the primary assister on Read's second goal. Late in the period, Coburn sent over a nice backhanded pass to Read who beat Clemensen to make it 4-0.
Florida answered almost immediately with a breakaway goal by Peter Mueller to make it 4-1. But with 13 seconds left in the frame, Schenn ripped a slap shot past Clemensen to send the Flyers into the second intermission with a commanding 5-1 lead.
The Flyers weren't done scoring in the third. While on an early power play, Read scored his hat trick goal less than a minute into the third to make it 6-1.
Seven minutes later, Ruslan Fedotenko kicked the extra point for the Flyers with his first goal of the season to make it 7-1. It was Fedotenko's first goal as a Flyer since April 14, 2002, a span of 669 games.
In all, Flyers defensemen were involved in four of the Flyers' seven goals. Coburn tallied a pair of helpers, Schenn had a goal and an assist, and Timonen had a primary assist in the win.
Lost in the offensive outburst was the fact Ilya Bryzgalov enjoyed another brilliant game in net. Bryzgalov stopped all but one of the 31 shots he faced, and even added an assist on Read's first goal.
With the Flyers playing tomorrow in Tampa Bay, it's very possibly Bryzgalov sees his first rest of the season. But with how hot he's been playing, the Russian netminder may prefer to keep playing.