Flyers Break Shootout Win Drought, Take Down Panthers 3-2
The Flyers have finally broken the shootout victory drought.
In a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night, Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t allow the opposing team a goal in the shootout, and Claude Giroux scored the winner on his team’s second attempt.
It was the fourth game this season, and the second in a row, where the outcome of a Flyers game was decided in the shootout.
As he has in so many games this season, Sergei Bobrovsky came up big in this one.
He made 23 saves in 25 shots, and got his team out of some sticky situations when the defense faltered.
Bobrovsky made an unbelievable safe about two and a half minutes into the first period, though the beauty of it was diminished a few seconds later when the Panthers scored their first goal, a Mikael Samuelsson slap shot.
The Flyers looked sloppy in the first period, and whether it was the condition of the ice or not, they were lucky that the Panthers didn’t capitalize on their haphazard play as much as they could have.
Thankfully, the Flyers were able to take advantage of a shorthanded Panthers team when Erik Gudbranson went off almost halfway through the first to serve an interference penalty.
Less than a minute into the man advantage, Brayden Schenn scored his third of the season to tie it up at 1.
It was another Flyers newcomer that got the Flyers the lead with about two minutes to go in the first.
Jakub Voracek tipped in a pass from Tom Sestito to make the game 2-1, where it remained at the start of the second.
The Flyers came out more aggressive and focused in the second period, but did themselves in with a turnover in their own zone that led to the second Panthers goal of the night, a nifty backhander scored by Tomas Fleischmann.
Though the Flyers had 37 shots on goal compared to Florida’s 25, it seemed like the Panthers had plenty more chances than the Flyers did.
Bobrovsky’s solid play and a few lucky bounces off of the post kept the Panthers from scoring any more goals after Samuelsson’s and Fleischmann’s, and after sixty minutes of play, it was on to overtime, and then to the shootout.
Brayden Schenn was the first one out for the Flyers, and was stopped by Scott Clemmensen.
Florida sent out Kris Versteeg, Stephen Weiss, and Mike Santorelli for their first three attempts, and none were able to get the puck past Bobrovsky.
Claude Giroux beat Clemmensen stick-side, and that goal eventually led to the Flyers victory after the Panthers fell short.
Thanks to Bobrovsky, the Flyers can now dance into the All-Star break on a high note.
They return to the ice next Tuesday night against the Winnipeg Jets.