After coming off an impressive 5-2 win against the New York Islanders, the Philadelphia Flyers had extended their win streak to 6-0-1 expecting an easy win against the 7-13 Florida Panthers, this would tremendously help out the Flyers, giving them a winning record as well as a 7 game win streak. Tim Thomas and the Panthers had something else in mind.
Sean Bergenheim scored early in the second period to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead over the Flyers. Bergenheim later increased the Panthers lead with a power play tip-in, increasing the lead.
Mid-way through the third period, Flyers forward, Wayne Simmonds tipped-in a power play goal from Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux, cutting the deficit to 1. It was not until late in the third period that the Panthers clinched the win with a slapshot from Erik Gudbranson, increasing the deficit to 2. In desperation to win, the Flyers pulled goaltender Steve Mason with roughly two minutes left in the game. The extra man seemed to somewhat help the Flyers since they were able to hold off the Panthers, not allowing them to score an empty netter.
The Flyers goaltending is not to blame for the loss, Steve Mason has put up impressive numbers, a save percentage of .931 and a goals against average of 2.17. The four penalties, including a fight by forward Jay Rosehill, are the reason for the loss. In order to win games, the Flyers need to keep the penalty minutes down, and capitalize on scoring chances.