The Flyers were coming off one of their biggest wins of the 2013 season and were looking to continue their success against the Florida Panthers, who they defeated 7-1 in their first meeting this season. Before the game, Paul Holmgren and the Flyers announced that Kimmo Timonen would be receiving a one-year, $6 million extension for next season.
The game began with a lot of intensity from the Panthers and a slow first couple of shifts for the Flyers. Their offense did not have much rhythm. The Flyers also took a bad penalty as well. Claude Giroux went off for hooking, but the Orange and Black answered by killing off the man advantage.
But almost a little bit later, the Panthers answered with the first goal of the game. Jack Skille broke through the Flyers defense and fired a wrist shot past Ilya Bryzgalov, who look to be screened by Timonen.
A minute after the first goal was recorded, the Flyers headed on their first power play of the game. Jakub Voracek, who has been ridiculed for not shooting the puck on recent power play attempts, finally took a shot from the wing and netted a power play goal for the Flyers, which tied the game up at one.
Timonen took a bad penalty with two minutes remaining in the first. He was called for a trip, which looked very questionable. The Flyers did kill off the penalty but not without a couple of scares from the Panthers attack. The first period ended with both teams knotted at one apiece. The Flyers lead the period in shots 11-9.
Matt Read helped the Flyers jump out to an aggressive start to the period by netting his fourth goal of the season, two minutes into the period. The pressure continued for the Flyers as Bruno Gervais had a clear lane to shoot the puck through but he was stopped by Jose Theodore, who had been a bit shaky up to that point.
After the empty offensive chance, Zac Rinaldo took a bad penalty and went off for interference. The fast, energetic start for the Flyers began to slow down for the rest of the period until a Florida shot from in front hit the post. Bryzgalov noticed the shot and quickly dove across the front of the net to stop the wrap-around chance from the Panthers attack.
The Flyers power play did get a chance to go back to work after a tripping penalty was called. But the power play came up empty handed. The second period ended with the Flyers leading in shots 22-17 and on the scoreboard 2-1.
The third period started out a bit slow. Peter Laviolette was looking for a little bit more effort from his team, who lead at that point 2-1. Well, Laviolette got the exact opposite of what he wanted as Gervais went to the box for tripping around the 11:35 mark. Panthers forward Steve Weiss took advantage of the opportunity in front and netted his first goal of the season, tying the game up at two.
A minute after the tying goal was recorded, Daniel Briere drew a penalty from the Panthers after being tripped from behind on a wrap-around chance. This was the Flyers third power play opportunity of the night. After Ty McGinn was robbed in front from a Voracek pass, the Flyers could not get another chance on the power play and fell short of taking the lead.
An interference penalty at the 6:08 mark gave the Flyers their fourth power play of the game and another chance to take the lead. Giroux had another horrific shift and on that power play, he threw a back-handed, no-look pass that basically ended the Flyers offensive pressure. They again could not capitalize and ended up with one shot on their fourth power play.
The inability to capitalize on opportunities resulted in the first overtime game for the Flyers this season. The Flyers offensive attack buzzed the entire period with many chances, but could not end the game. Both teams then headed to a shootout, which were firsts for each this season.
In the shootout, the Flyers could not record a goal as Read and Giroux were stopped while Bryzgalov gave up two goals. The Flyers lost 3-2 but did pick up a much needed point. They will take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at 1pm. Great seats are still available, don't miss out!