Missed powerplay opportunities and struggles with puck control were the Flyers’ downfall as they lost to the Florida Panthers on Monday night with a final score of 3-1. Sean Bergenheim had two goals for the Panthers, and Erik Gudbranson was responsible for the third. Wayne Simmonds scored the lone Flyers goal. Steve Mason recorded 28 of 31 shots, while Tim Thomas held the Flyers to only one goal on 38 shots.
The Flyers were aggressive on the attack in the opening half of the first period, but were lucky that the Panthers did not capitalize on several turnover opportunities. Mason turned away seven shots, while Thomas had to battle nine from the Flyers.
There was no scoring in the first, but that didn’t mean there weren’t any fireworks. Fourteen minutes in, a fight broke out between Jay Rosehill and Kris Barch. Both men got a five for fighting penalty, but Barch also received an instigator penalty and a game misconduct. The instigator call gave the Flyers their first powerplay opportunity of the night, but they were unable to score on the man advantage.
Scott Gomez took a tripping penalty less than thirty seconds into the second period, putting the Flyers back on the powerplay. 37 seconds later, Gudbranson got called for delay of game, and the Flyers had the two-man advantage. Yet again, the Flyers unfortunately were not able to score.
Shortly after the Panthers returned to even-strength, Bergenheim found the back of the net, giving Florida the first goal of the night at 3:35. Former Chicago Blackhawk players Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen, acquired in the recent Kris Versteeg trade, got the assists.
With just under ten minutes to go in the second period, Claude Giroux went to the box to serve an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and Florida went on their first powerplay of the bout. Braydon Coburn got slapped with a cross-checking penalty with eight seconds left in the 5-on-4, and Marcel Goc beat Mason with a shot that deflected off of – and was credited to – Bergenheim.
The Flyers went on their fourth man advantage of the game after Dmitri Kulikov took a roughing penalty 5:54 into the third period, and Simmonds was able to finally get the Flyers on the scoresheet with a rebound attempt that made it past Thomas and into the net.
Florida regained the two-goal lead thanks to Gudbranson’s goal with under five minutes left in the game, and were able to hold onto it until the final horn sounded.
Notes: The Flyers’ 5-game win streak in Sunrise, FL was snapped with this loss… Simmonds’ goal was his fourth in five games, and third powerplay goal of the season…This was the 7th straight game in which the Flyers scored on the powerplay… Gudbranson’s third-period goal was his first goal in 100 games… The Flyers take on the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday at 7:30pm.