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About Last Night: Flyers 5, Panthers 2

Gudbranson and Huberdeau net third period goals but Mason leads Flyers past Cats.

Wednesday, 04.9.2014 / 10:00 AM ET / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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About Last Night: Flyers 5, Panthers 2

ABOUT LAST NIGHT is the morning-after recap of last night’s Florida Panthers game produced by “Hockey Pat” McGrath, a lifelong Cats fan who previously wrote for the Florida Panthers themed blog “TheRatTrick”. It is a followup to Hockey Pat’s hilariously informative gameday article: THE LOWDOWN.

The contents of ABOUT LAST NIGHT and all opinions expressed therein are solely those of Hockey Pat and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Florida Panthers or Sunrise Sports & Entertainment LLC. Having said that, if you find yourself laughing or smiling as you read ABOUT LAST NIGHT, feel free to thank us. We accept thank you notes, tweets and ticket purchases.

FLYERS 5, PANTHERS 2

The Florida Panthers had plenty of chances but struggled to find twine last night and were dropped by the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2. The Panthers outshot Philly 40-27 but Flyers’ netminder Steve Mason was on his game, turning away 38 of the pucks sent his way en route to a playoff-spot clinching win for the Flyers.

Here is what you may have missed from last night:

Tweet of the Night

Fade Away!!

Hockey is a funny game sometimes. With all the blasts Gudbranson fires from the blue line, it is the wrist shot he takes with his momentum going backwards that finds the back of the net. Guddy had to have called ‘Kobe’ on this one.

Finishing Strong

Before making his return to the ice after an upper body injury sidelined him for 11 games, Jonathan Huberdeau talked about his desire to have a strong finish to the season. So far he is off to a good start as the 20-year-old scored his ninth of the year thanks to a power move to protect the puck from Flyers defenseman Mark Streit.

If that is not a strong finish then I don’t know what is.

Stone Mason

The Panthers fired a ton of rubber towards Philadelphia goaltender Mason but the first-year Flyer gobbled up just about everything the Cats sent his way. Mason came up especially huge in the third period as Florida outshot the Flyers 16-3 but could not solve Mason more than twice.

Milestone Watch

With his assist on Huberdeau’s goal, Jesse Winchester notched his 50th career helper. The assist also gave Winch his 18th point of the season (9-9-18) tying a career high set in 2008-09 (3-15-18).

Up Next

The Cats continue their season ending homestand on Thursday when the Toronto Maple Leafs come to town. They wrap up their season on Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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HOME
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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