The Florida Panthers are fighting to hold onto their wildcard spot with 79 points. They have to get as many points as possible to maintain a lead with the Pittsburgh Penguins as they trail with only one point behind the Panthers with 78 points. The Flyers, on the other hand, were coming off a 5-4 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes who lead the Metropolitan division.
Tonight’s matchup started off intensely as Matthew Tkachuk was able to get the Panthers on the board within a minute of the initial puck drop. While the Flyers started the period off slow it was the insurance of having Carter Hart in net that kept them afloat and lead to Joel Farabee equalizing the game. This was Farabee’s 12th goal of the season and it was an important goal as the Flyers’ offense came to life.
Although the game was tied, the Flyers still had majority of puck possession allowing Travis Sanheim to get his first goal in the game giving the Flyers a 2-1 lead.
Sanny elevates and strikes. #FLAvsPHI | @sanheim17 pic.twitter.com/MuacDwImO3— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 22, 2023
The game was quickly tied up as Brandon Montour got the puck behind Hart. With the game at two a piece, the orange and black did the unthinkable as they accumulated three goals in a row by Laughton, Sanheim, and Provorov. This gave Philadelphia a 5-2 lead heading into the final frame.
Sarge and the silky mitts. #FLAvsPHI | @Laughts21 pic.twitter.com/6Krv6aGELZ— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) March 22, 2023
The 3rd period consisted of a good share of pushing and shoving. When Brendan Lemieux instigated a fight the Panthers took full advantage of their power play with Sam Reinhart getting Florida another goal. The Flyers held onto the 5-3 lead. Moran Frost scored and empty net goal with Philadelphia leading Florida 6-3.
After the game when Hart was asked about tonight’s performance of the defense he said, “I thought were solid. We know they (Panthers) shoot a lot of pucks and they boxed guys out, tied up sticks, and didn’t let them wack the puck too much.”
With another Flyers victory during this homestand they will welcome the Minnesota Wild to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. Puck drop is at 7pm.