Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Flyers Outlast Panthers In Overtime

     The Florida Panthers were edged by the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in overtime at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night. The Panthers lost in the overtime period for the second straight night. It was the final game of a six-game road trip for the Cats.
     Florida(12-11-4) waited until 4:20 left in the first period to take the lead 1-0. Aleksander Barkov performed a give-and-go pass with Mark Pysyk in the high slot. He backhanded the puck from the high slot to Pysyk above the top right circle and he returned a cross-ice pass. Barkov then released a wrist shot from the left circle by Steve Mason for his fifth goal of the season.
     The lead did not last that long as Philadelphia(15-10-3) tied the contest in a 4-on-4 situation with 2:53 to go in the first. Andrew MacDonald brought the puck up the ice from behind his own cage and sent a lead pass to Wayne Simmonds in the neutral zone. He skated by the Panthers blue line and snapped a shot from within the blue line past James Reimer.
     In the second period, the Flyers pulled ahead on the power play at 10:08. Simmonds collected his second goal of the game when he redirected a slap shot by Claude Giroux from the top left circle. South Florida native Shayne Gostisbehere was credited with an assist on the play.
     The Panthers answered back with 4:46 remaining in the third period to tie it at 2-2 as Jussi Jokinen converted his second goal of the year. Colton Sceviour placed the puck to Michael Matheson on the right wing and he advanced it toward the net. He backhanded it to Jokinen who lifted a shot in from the crease area.
     The Flyers wrapped the contest up with 8.6 seconds left in overtime. Giroux poke-checked the puck away from Matheson in the slot area and Jakub Voracek scored on a snap shot from inside the right circle.

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