. The Philadelphia Flyers are going into the All Star Break with a 3-2 shootout win on Tuesday Night against the Florida Panthers at the Bank Atlantic Center in Florida. The team played an excellent defensive game especially in the second period when they shut down the Panthers offense. The Panthers came in Tuesday Nights game as the leader of the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference.
In goal for the Flyers was Sergei Bobrovsky and he was excellent all night long making some excellent saves and keeping the game tight. In the shootout he was just as strong. He stopped all three of the shots he faced in the shootout. Claude Giroux of the Flyers scored the game winner in the shootout and it was the only goal for either team. Bobrovsky made 23 saves and improved his record on the season to 11-4-1.
As the Philadelphia Flyers head into the All Star Break they are just three points behing the New York Rangers for the lead in the Atlantic Division. The Flyers next game is a week from Tuesday Night when the Philadelphia Flyers travel to Winnipeg to take on the Jets. This time off could not of come at a better time for the team. It will help them heal and also provide them with some extra rest which is needed. The team has had a lot of injuries thus far this seaon.
The Flyers overall record going into the All Star Break is 29-14-5 which includes an NHL best 18-7-2 record on the road. This team is going to need to improve upon on their home record. They need to play much better than they have at the Well Fargo Center and take advantage of their home ice.
The Florida Panthers Tomas Fleischmann tied the game for the Panthers in the second period with just over 4:20 left in the period. The Flyers had played otherwise a very strong defensive game in the second period. The Flyers did outshot the Panthers in the game, 37-25. This was the second straight shootout for the Flyers which they had lost the prior one on Sunday against the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center 6-5. They are 20-37 all-time in shootouts
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead when Mikael Samuelson fired a slap shot past Bobrovsky on a powerplay after 2:49 of the first period. Eight minutes later, Brayden Schenn tied the game but it had to go to the replay booth in Toronto. Schenn flipped the shot in th air and it went off Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen's back and into the net. It cross the goal line as the net was knocked off its moorings causing a very long video review. The goal was allowed and the game was tied 1-1. The Flyers took a 2-1 lead as Jukub Voracek scored with 2:01 remaining in the first period.
This was an excellent road win for the Flyers and they got good goaltending. Bobrovsky looked really sharp and was the reason why the Flyers won this road game. The Flyers need to get healthy and finish strong in the home stretch of the regular season. They need to play better at home and improve on their home record. If the Flyers can find consistent playing in goal they will be a tough out in the playoffs.