Huber-dos: Panthers Rookie Scores Twice in Rout of Flyers
It was the Jonathan Huberdeau Show in Philadelphia Thursday night, and the fans weren't too thrilled to watch him perform.
The Panthers 19-year-old rookie scored a pair goals, chasing Ilya Bryzgalov from the game en route to a 5-2 win for the Panthers. He also added two assists to complete a four-point night.
The opening 10 minutes resembled much of the game last night against Pittsburgh. But this time the Flyers didn't have a quick enough answer for the Panthers and it set the tone for the loss.
Eight minutes into the opening period, Peter Mueller received a nice pass from Huberdeau and snapped it past Bryzgalov to make it 1-0.
Then 29 seconds later, Mike Weaver forced a Flyers turnover and connected with Tomas Kopecky who was behind the Flyers defense. He beat Bryzgalov stick side, giving the Panthers a quick 2-0 lead and prompting a Peter Laviolette timeout.
The Panthers took advantage of a slow-moving Flyers team and Huberdeau skated behind the Flyers defense again. Kimmo Timonen hooked him and drew the penalty shot.
Huberdeau proceeded to undress Bryzgalov in the crease, making it a 3-0 game. Bryzgalov, frustrated, tomahawked his stick into the glass behind him in frustration.
The frustrations for the Flyers continued, and the prospect Huberdeau continued his assault on Bryzgalov and the Flyers. He beat Bryzgalov for the second time of the game to make it 4-0, chasing the Flyers netminder from the game with 8:14 left in the second period.
As Bryzgalov skated to the tunnel he chucked his stick in disgust, capping off his miserable night. He finished the night stopping only 11 of the 15 shots he faced, giving way to Brian Boucher for the final 29 minutes.
Boucher was strong for the Flyers in the remaining 29 minutes, stopping 10 of the 11 shots he faced. The only goal he allowed was Mueller's second goal of the night which made it 5-1.
On the other side of the ice, Scott Clemmensen was fantastic for the Panthers.
Making his first start since February 12, Clemmensen stopped 32 of the 34 shots he faced. This all came after he made a surprise start despite the fact Florida called up rookie Jacob Markstrom and Jose Theodore originally being slated as the starter.
Luke Schenn scored the Flyers first goal of the game, his second of the season. It cut the Panthers lead to 4-1. His other goal came against the Panthers back on January 26.
Jakub Voracek had the other tally to make it 5-2. It was his seventh goal of the season to tie him with Matt Read for the team lead in goals. His 19 points leads the team.