Mar 21, 2012, 12:14 AM EDT
Just when it was beginning to look like the Flyers had solved their home woes, the Wells Fargo Center boards and glass made their presence known. Usually the stanchion will jump out and grab a puck in favor of the home team. Not Tuesday night.
In a game mostly controlled (and absolutely dominated in the shot count) by the Flyers, the Panthers left the arena with their fifth straight win. How?
Because of this goal. And some other things. But really because of this goal.
There! Did you catch that? At the 00:05 mark, something unseen smacks the puck 90 degrees off course and right to Sean Bergenheim.
That was the game-winner, folks.
Game Elements Not Involving Poltergeists, Probably
Although the 1-0 Panthers lead after one period of play might indicate another slow start for the Flyers, they actually had the better opportunities and were playing good hockey. The Panthers were able to limit the strength of their scoring chances though, and they made good on the one they got, a blistering wrist shot from Stephen Weiss.
The Flyers somehow managed (again, possibly ghosts) to not convert on any of four power play opportunities against the 24th ranked PK unit in the first period alone. That includes about 44 seconds of overlapping man advantages. Florida effectively isolated the slot and kept the shots coming primarily from outside the box, and Scott Clemmensen had a hell of a night in net.
After Bergenheim’s imaginary friend assisted on the eventual game-winner in the second period, Lavvy called a timeout. Within 2 minutes, the Flyers were awarded the Automatic Goal After a Lavvy Timeout.
Eric Wellwood had the puck in tight and tried to send a pass to Danny Briere in the low slot, but it deflected in on goal before it got there.
That would be the end of the scoring for the night despite some juicy opportunities for the Flyers.
The Panthers did a great job of tying things up in the neutral zone, and continued to force outside shots in the third. With a flurry around Clemmensen as the final seconds ticked off, it looked like the Flyers might again snatch a late-game goal, but the backup stood tall as he had all night.
It was a night of unlucky bounces for the Flyers, but they also missed the net on some golden opportunities.
He’s Not Even S’posed to Be Here Today
Clemmensen stopped 35 of 36 Flyers shots in his first start since March 3. With another game set for tomorrow, head coach Kevin Dineen(!) went with his backup against the league’s top scoring offense, and it paid off.
At the other end of the ice, Ilya Bryzgalov was charged with two goals for the fourth straight game despite the Panthers registering only 13 shots on goal. Obviously the ghost goal wasn’t on him, and the first saw a good shooter slip through his defense and blaze a shot while skating in at a good pace.
Another Southeast team desperate for points comes to town. We’ll see the Capitals on Thursday night.
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