The Philadelphia Flyers going into Tuesday night's game against the Florida Panthers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia wanted to build on the momentum they thought they got from games this weekend against the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flyers though Tuesday night came out like they have for most of this season, coming out and getting off to slow starts. They fell behind again in this game and could not overcome the deficit. The Panthers defeated the Flyers, 2-1.
The Flyers could not capitalize on the power play in Tuesday night's game either. The Flyers had four power play chances in the game and they all occurred in the first period of the game. The Flyers just need to take advantage of the power play when it is given to them. They also controlled the territorial play as well in the game but the outcome was a lose and the Panthers ended the Flyers five game winning streak at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Florida Panthers did score a goal on one of two power plays and it happened to be the game winning goal.
The Philadelphia Flyers out shoot the Florida Panthers in the game, 36-13 and it was the fewest shots allowed by the Flyers all season.
In the third period the Flyers brought everything they had and kept the pressure on the Panthers in the final period but the Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen held tough and kept the Flyers off the scoreboard. He made several big saves for the Panthers down the stretch to seal the win for Florida.
Florida was successful on its first power-play attempt when Sean Bergenheim scored with 13 minutes, 37 seconds left in the second period which put the Panthers on top in the game, 2-0.
It was the third straight game in which the Philadelphia Flyers got down in a game by a 2-0 score. The Flyers cut the lead to 2-1 when Eric Wellwood scored with 12:06 left in the second period.
The Flyers need to figure out why they just start off so many games slow and get behind early. To succeed in the playoffs the Flyers will need to jump start their game and get off to quicker starts. Falling behind early in playoff games is not going to work and if they continue this trend well it could be a really quick playoffs for this team in the 2012 playoffs.