Jonathan Huberdeau beats Ilya Bryzgalov on a penalty shot in the first period of the Flyers 5-2 loss to the Panthers. Huberdeau finished with two goals and two assists for a four-point night.
Just a day after a hard-fought and thrilling 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flyers were definitely going to face a test, even in the Florida Panthers. The team would be spent physically.
But playoff teams put that behind them for the game and play hard anyway. The Flyers were lifeless as the Panthers rolled to an easy 5-2 win.
In the early going, the Flyers commanded play with multiple scoring chances. But a defensive lapse left Peter Mueller alone in the slot and he fired a snap shot past Ilya Bryzgalov to put the Panthers on the board at 8:15.
Just 29 seconds later, a costly turnover allowed the Panthers to advance the puck to a wide open Tomas Kopecky behind the defense. He fired a shot past Bryz as well to give Florida a quick two-goal lead.
Just two minutes after Mueller's...