Better With Popcorn

Flyers hold off late Panthers surge

A few days away from the rink were good for the Flyers.

Not having to worry about a controversial 1-3-1 scheme, the Flyers capitalized on a team-bonding trip to Naples, FL and beat the Panthers, 3-2, Sunday afternoon.

Danny Briere got the Flyers scoring going in the 1st, potting his fifth on the season with helpers from Wayne Simmonds and James van Riemsdyk.

Braydon Coburn made it 2-0 just under seven minutes into the 2nd period. But Florida was able to respond only a few minutes later thanks to Evgeni Dadonov.

That set up an interesting 3rd period for the Flyers.

Rookie Matt Read broke loose on a short-handed break away early in the 3rd. He was caught from behind and taken down by Stephen Weiss, giving him a penalty shot opportunity.

Weiss was ejected from the game, either for the hard take down or for something he said to the refs but it didn't matter. Read capitalized on the chance, putting the penalty shot past netminder Jose Theodore for a 3-1 lead.

Florida got a late goal off Ilya Bryzgalov with seven seconds to play but it wasn't enough as Philadelphia held on.

Byrzgalov was very good in his 11th start of the season, stopping 31-of-33 shots to improve to 6-4-2 on the season.

The Flyers penalty woes continued. Leading the league with 17 penalty minutes per game heading into today, they tallied 19 more.

Only five of those minutes were on a fight by Zac Rinaldo. The rest were more stick fouls (eight minutes) and or lacks of discipline and/or composure (six minutes).

The Flyers need to cut out the infractions. They were lucky to hold Florida, fourth in the NHL with a 21.5% power play success rate, scoreless on their seven tries.