Philadelphia Flyers 5, Florida Panthers 0, Final

The Flyers come into Sunrise riding a three game winning streak and in firm control of their own playoff destiny. The Panthers don't need outside help either, but things around here are about to start getting real.

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Philadelphia Flyers 5, Florida Panther 0, Final

First Period:

Both teams took the ice and neither was really blowing the other away. It seemed as if the first few minutes of the game were played in slow motion. Florida blew a few good chances against Ilya Bryzgalov and likewise the Flyers on Jose Theodore.

At the eight minute mark, Shawn Matthias took two quick shots on Bryzgalov, one kicked aside and the second gloved to stop play.

Ed Jovanovski was called for roughing Jody Shelley in the 10th minute, and the Flyers would break the seal on the scoreboard directly, as Claude Giroux fed Scott Hartnell right in front of Theodore. Hartnell whiffed the puck, but Brayden Schenn (9) buried it for the 1-0 lead. Matt Carle earned the secondary assist on the play.

Claude Giroux was called for slashing at the 12 minute mark to give the Cats their first man advantage of the evening. Jason Garrison unleashed his howitzer against Bryzgalov, but the Flyers killed the penalty with four clears.

Matt Carle pushed Jack Skille into Bryzgalov at the 15-minute mark, sending all three crashing to the ice. Skille was slow getting up, but then dropped the gloves seconds later. Carle simply sat on Skille and the fight was halted. Roughing calls were called on Skille and Carle, and the Panthers enjoyed their second power play of the period. Florida never got set, and looked outmatched even though they outnumbered the Flyers as Philadelphia cleared the puck out of the zone five times.

Second Period:

The Flyers made it 2-0 at the three minute mark, the Panthers giving the Flyers multiple chances to get the puck past Jose Theodore. Matt Read (19) put it home with an assist from Wayne Simmonds.

On the following faceoff, Krys Barch tried to inject some life into the Panthers by dropping the gloves with Jody Shelley. Barch won the fight after a few haymakers were landed by each participant, but both were given identical five minute fighting penalties.

Tomas Fleischmann turned the puck over in the Flyers zone to a streaking Scott Hartnell (32), who raced down the ice and put the puck high over Theodore’s glove side for a 3-0 Flyers advantage.

Stephen Weiss had an opening in the Flyers zone, skating all the way to the hole for Florida and feeding the puck through the goal mouth to nobody, as the Panthers remain scoreless with three minutes remaining in the second.

Zac Rinaldo was called for boarding Ed Jovanovski with just over a minute to play in the period. The Panthers spent most of the time in their own zone, as the Flyers really seemed to want a short handed goal.

Third Period:

A minute into the third, the Panthers were on their heels in their own zone, finishing up the “power play” when rookies Zac Rinaldo and Erik Gudbranson squared off. Gudbranson was the clear winner as both players were sent to the box for fighting, but Gudbranson was assessed the additional minor for roughing. The Flyers took to a two man advantage when the Panthers were called for too many men on the ice with 43 seconds left on the man advantage. It was 4-0 just seconds later as Jaromir Jagr scored his 19th of the season with assists from Daniel Briere and Claude Giroux.

Florida didn’t seem to have much in the way of strategy, relying on dump and chase and the occasional single player cutting through the defense. Mostly, it was just damage control throughout the third.

Florida took to another power play with seven minutes left in the game when Flyer Andreas Lilja was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Cats looked more composed than on their prior chance, but Bryzgalov was strong against multiple shots, most notably a point blank chance by Mikael Samuelsson.

Eric Wellwood (3) put icing on the cake for the Flyers with a minute and a half left in the game on a breakaway chance against Theodore.

Hits: Panthers, 20-19 (Ed Jovanovski led the Panthers with four, while Matt Read and Zac Rinaldo collected three for the Flyers)

Blocked Shots: Flyers, 18-6 (Matt Carle had four for Philadelphia, Jovanovski blocked two for the Cats)

Faceoffs: Panthers, 27-23 (Marcel Goc was a stellar 10 of 12 in the circle, Claude Giroux won five of nine for the Flyers)

Shots on goal: Flyers, 35-28 (Wayne Simmonds took five shots for the Flyers, Shawn Matthias took five shots for the Cats)

Score: Flyers 5, Panthers 0

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Philadelphia Flyers 3, Florida Panthers 0, Second Intermission

The Flyers made it 2-0 at the three minute mark, the Panthers giving the Flyers multiple chances to get the puck past Jose Theodore. Matt Read (19) put it home with an assist from Wayne Simmonds.

On the following faceoff, Krys Barch tried to inject some life into the Panthers by dropping the gloves with Jody Shelley. Barch won the fight after a few haymakers were landed by each participant, but both were given identical five minute fighting penalties.

Tomas Fleischmann turned the puck over in the Flyers zone to a streaking Scott Hartnell (32), who raced down the ice and put the puck high over Theodore’s glove side for a 3-0 Flyers advantage.

Stephen Weiss had an opening in the Flyers zone, skating all the way to the hole for Florida and feeding the puck through the goal mouth to nobody, as the Panthers remain scoreless with three minutes remaining in the second.

Zac Rinaldo was called for boarding Ed Jovanovski with just over a minute to play in the period. The Panthers spent most of the time in their own zone, as the Flyers really seemed to want a short handed goal.

Hits: Panthers, 13-10 (Ed Jovanovski and Jerred Smithson led the Panthers with three, while Matt Read collected three for the Flyers)

Blocked Shots: Flyers, 15-2 (Matt Carle and Nicklas Grossmann had three apiece for Philadelphia)

Faceoffs: Flyers, 16-15 (Shawn Matthias and Stephen Weiss each split their chances, going nine for a collective 18 for the Cats, Sean Couturier won three of eight chances for the Flyers)

Shots on goal: Flyers, 23-20 (Four different Flyers had three apiece, Matthias took three shots for the Cats)

Score: Flyers 3, Panthers 0

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Philadelphia Flyers 1, Florida Panthers 0, First Intermission

Both teams took the ice and neither was really blowing the other away. It seemed as if the first few minutes of the game were played in slow motion. Florida blew a few good chances against Ilya Bryzgalov and likewise the Flyers on Jose Theodore.

At the eight minute mark, Shawn Matthias took two quick shots on Bryzgalov, one kicked aside and the second gloved to stop play.

Ed Jovanovski was called for roughing Jody Shelley in the 10th minute, and the Flyers would break the seal on the scoreboard directly, as Claude Giroux fed Scott Hartnell right in front of Theodore. Hartnell whiffed the puck, but Brayden Schenn (9) buried it for the 1-0 lead. Matt Carle earned the secondary assist on the play.

Claude Giroux was called for slashing at the 12 minute mark to give the Cats their first man advantage of the evening. Jason Garrison unleashed his howitzer against Bryzgalov, but the Flyers killed the penalty with four clears.

Matt Carle pushed Jack Skille into Bryzgalov at the 15-minute mark, sending all three crashing to the ice. Skille was slow getting up, but then dropped the gloves seconds later. Carle simply sat on Skille and the fight was halted. Roughing calls were called on Skille and Carle, and the Panthers enjoyed their second power play of the period. Florida never got set, and looked outmatched even though they outnumbered the Flyers as Philadelphia cleared the puck out of the zone five times.

According to www.powerscouthockey.com, the Panthers were 78% dominant in the period, but came up short where it really counted, on the scoreboard.

Hits: Panthers, 8-4 (Jerred Smithson led all skaters with three, while Zac Rinaldo collected two for the Flyers)

Blocked Shots:
Flyers, 8-0 (Three skaters had two for Philadelphia)

Faceoffs: Panthers, 7-6 (Shawn Matthias won two of four for the Cats, Daniel Briere won two of five for the Flyers)

Shots on goal:
Panthers, 11-10 (Matthias and Smithson had two each for Florida, Nicklas Grossman and Brandon Manning had two each for the Flyers)

Score: Flyers 1, Panthers 0

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Florida Panthers Visit Philadelphia Flyers: Injury Report And Starting Lineups

Tonight's starting lineups are brought to you courtesy of www2.dailyfaceoff.com

Florida Panthers:

Injuries:


Florida Panthers Injuries

Probable

PlayerInjury TypeInjury Date
John Madden other-excused 03/08/2012

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

PlayerInjury TypeInjury Date
Matt Bradley other-excused 02/20/2012
Scottie Upshall sports-hernia 01/25/2012
Dmitry Kulikov knee 01/22/2012


Starting Lineup:

Forwards:

Sean Bergenheim - Stephen Weiss - Mikael Samuelsson

Tomas Fleischmann - Shawn Matthias - Wojtek Wolski

Tomas Kopecky - Marcel Goc - Jerred Smithson

Krys Barch - Mike Santorelli - Jack Skille

Defensemen:

Brian Campbell - Jason Garrison

Keaton Ellerby - Mike Weaver

Ed Jovanovski - Erik Gudbranson

Goalie:

Jose Theodore is starting in net tonight. He has a 14-9-1 lifetime record against the Flyers.

Philadelphia Flyers:

Injuries:


Philadelphia Flyers Injuries

Doubtful

PlayerInjury TypeInjury Date
Jakub Voracek other-excused 03/08/2012
Jaromir Jagr hip 03/07/2012

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

PlayerInjury TypeInjury Date
Blair Betts knee 10/09/2011
Chris Pronger knee 11/20/2011
Tom Sestito groin 02/17/2012
Ian Laperriere concussion 09/18/2011
James van Riemsdyk foot 03/02/2012


Starting Lineup:

Forwards:

Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Brayden Schenn

Matt Read - Danny Briere - Wayne Simmonds

Max Talbot - Sean Couturier - Eric Wellwood

Jody Shelley - Harry Zolnierczyk - Zac Rinaldo

Defensemen:

Brandon Manning - Braydon Coburn

Matt Carle - Pavel Kubina

Andreas Lilja - Niklas Grossmann

Goalie:

Ilya Bryzgalov is tonight's starter for the Flyers, and is undefeated in four career games against Florida, going 3-0-1 with a 1.68 GAA.

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Florida Panthers Visit Philadelphia Flyers: Facts And Figures

Common Thread:
Panthers left winger Scottie Upshall played in 134 games over three seasons in Philadelphia, scoring 27 goals and 37 assists with a plus-11 rating and 145 penalty minutes.

Florida right wing Kris Versteeg played in 27 games for the Flyers last season, scoring seven goals and four assists with a plus-four rating and 24 penalty minutes.

Flyers defenseman Andreas Lilja played 135 games for the Panthers over two seasons. He scored seven goals and assisted on 12 with an even rating with 146 penalty minutes.

Team Milestones:

Games: Jason Garrison plays in his 174 game tonight, tying him with Branislav Mezei for 47th on the all-time list. Shawn Matthias plays in game number 191, tying him with Stu Barnes for 42nd.

Goals: Tomas Fleischmann currently has 20 goals, and will move into a tie with Jason Garrison in 49th with his next. Kris Versteeg sits in 48th, with 22. Shawn Matthias moves past Mike Van Ryn into 45th with his next goal, number 26. Mike Santorelli moves into a tie for 37th with Niklas Hagman if goal number 30 happens tonight. Ed Jovanovski will tie Richard Zednik in 32nd with his 32nd goal. Two more goals for Stephen Weiss will move him into a tie for fourth with Nathan Horton, at 142.

Assists: If Brian Campbell collects and assist, it will be his 41st with Florida, moving him past Terry Carkner into 49th. Ed Jovanovski’s next assist will give him 61, moving him past Dave Lowry into 28th.

Team Leaders:

Games Played:

Mike Weaver, Brian Campbell, Tomas Fleischmann – 65

Goals:
Kris Versteeg – 22, Tomas Fleischmann – 20, Stephen Weiss – 16

Assists:
Brian Campbell – 40, Stephen Weiss – 31, Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg – 27

Points:
Kris Versteeg – 49, Tomas Fleischmann, Stephen Weiss – 47, Brian Campbell – 44

Plus-Minus:
Jason Garrison – plus-6, Stephen Weiss – plus-5, Marcel Goc – plus 3

Point Shares:
Brian Campbell – 11.7, Jose Theodore – 10.8, Mike Weaver – 5.6

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Florida Panthers Visit Philadelphia Flyers: Game 66 Preview

The Flyers come into Sunrise riding a three game winning streak and in firm control of their own playoff destiny. The Panthers don't need outside help either, but things around here are about to start getting real.

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