Three-Or-Less: Theodore Stones Flyers In Shootout 3-2 Loss
The Flyers kept shooting and shooting, but Jose Theodore seemed to have an answer for everything.
Theodore stopped 30 shots, including both of the Flyers' shootout attempts in the Panthers' 3-2 win in Philadelphia. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Flyers, but they have earned a point in each of their last three games.
Theodore came up huge in the last two periods and overtime, stopping the last 19 shots he faced to preserve the come-back win.
The Flyers got out to a sloppy start once again. Florida's top line, including Thomas Fleischmann, was all over the Flyers, keeping the puck in the offensive zone and peppering Ilya Bryzgalov.
Ironically, it wasn't the sloppy play that cost the Flyers the first goal of the game.
Jack Skille skated up the middle of the ice and entered the zone uncontested. He fired a wrister that caught Bryzgalov on the inside of his right arm and trickled through for the first goal of the game.
Fortunately for the Flyers, that unlucky turn of events didn't affect their play. Instead, it sparked the offense and they climbed back to tie the game less than a minute later.
The Flyers instantly went to the powerplay thanks to an interference penalty on Filip Kuba. Jakub Voracek took the rare shot, beating Theodore stick side to tie the game up, 1-1.
The Flyers carried a slight advantage in shots heading into the first intermission, but carrying the game's momentum in to the second period.
The Flyers broke the scoreless tie only 2:42 into the second frame. Matt Read came away from a scrum in front of the net with the puck and fired it past Theodore to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead.
The Panthers tied the game up in the third period on another bad break for Bryzgalov.
After a tripping call to Bruno Gervais, Stephen Weiss capitalized on the powerplay. He fire a wrister that deflected off of Bryzgalov's left arm and into the net to tie the game with 11:25 remaining in the third.
The Flyers got two cracks at the powerplay late in the third, blowing both chances. They managed only two shots on both powerplays combined to keep the score locked up 2-2.
In the overtime period, the Flyers outshot the Panthers, 5-0, but still couldn't come away with a winner. This proved to be fatal for the Flyers, who couldn't score on Theodore in the shootout.
Rookie center Jonathan Huberdeau took the first shot for Florida, deking past a sprawling Bryzgalov to put the Panthers up 1-0. Read shot next for the Flyers but was denied the five-hole by Theodore.
Peter Mueller took the second shot for Florida, snapping it past Brzygalov to put the Flyers in a 2-0 hole. With Claude Giroux taking the important second shot, Theodore denied him glove side and the Panthers handed the Flyers their first shootout loss of the season.