After a crushing shootout loss to the rival Boston Bruins, the Flyers look to go into the All-Star break on a high note against the Florida Panthers.
Sergei Bobrovsky would get the nod against Scott Clemmenson. Clemmenson, coming off of a shootout win against Winnipeg. While Brobrovsky, getting his first start in five days, and lost to the New York Islanders.
The game started out much like the last time these two teams met. With the Panthers coming out strong and fast, pressuring the Flyers defense. Mikal Samuelsson would reap the benefits of the pressure by slapping one passed Bobrovsky, netting a goal off the Power Play.
Momentum would then shift in the Flyers favor. Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek would net goals in the period. For Brayden, it would be his third of the year. Voracek would net his eighth.
Tomas Fleischmann would tie it up in the second for the Panthers.
The game would continue to show pressure from both sides through the second and overtime. We would then head to the shootout.
It's been well documented how poor the Flyers are in the shootout. 0-3 so far this season and losers of six straight shootouts, going back to last season.
Enter Sergei Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky was stout in the shootout, taking angles away from all three Panther shooters he faced(Former Flyer, Kris Versteeg, Stephen Weiss, and Mike Santorelli). Claude Giroux would net the only shot in the shootout. Giroux went in, waited patiently for Clemmenson to make a move, slowed down, and put it in the net.
After the last stop was made, it was the Flyers that would be victorious. Winning the shootout and taking the game 3-2. Snapping their 6 game shootout losing streak.
Bobrovsky would be the games number 1 star, stopping 23 of 25 shots faced. Improving his record to 11-4-1.
After the game Claude Giroux commented about his goalie's performance "In practice, nobody can score on him, so we have a lot of confidence in him." Giroux would add "I get mad at him practice when I can't score on him. We have a side bet in warm ups and can't score on him. It's fun to get that first shootout win".
Now, with the All-Star Break being brought in on a high note; let's enjoy the festivities. Claude Giroux, Matt Read, Sean Couturier, and newly named All-Star, Scott Hartnell will head to Ottawa(Couturier and Read, participating in the skills competition as rookies).
The All Star schedule will go as such:
Thursday- All-Star Draft at 8pm EST
Saturday- Skills Competition at 7pm EST
Sunday- The All Star Game at 4pm EST
All events will be shown on NBC Sports Network(U.S.) and CBC (Canada)
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