Matt Read notched his first career hat trick -- and thought it came pretty easily.
Read helped Philadelphia beat the Florida Panthers 7-1 on Saturday night, the Flyers' second straight win after losing their first three games of the season. Wayne Simmonds, Tye McGinn, Luke Schenn, and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for the Flyers, and Ilya Bryzgalov had 30 saves.
''It's pretty special getting your first hat trick,'' Read said. ''I'm the beneficiary of playing with two good guys (Claude Giroux and Simmonds on his line). It's pretty easy when you're playing with two good players and you just be at the right spot at the right time and just do the little things right and good things are going to happen.''
Peter Mueller scored for the Panthers and Scott Clemmensen stopped 13 shots in relief of Jose Theodore, who was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots in the first period. The Panthers have lost four straight after winning their season opener. They have been outscored 18-2 in...