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game recap

Panthers 3, Flyers 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers 3, Flyers 1
Philadelphia Flyers 1, Florida Panthers 3

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -Rostislav Olesz put the hapless the Philadelphia Flyers behind before most of his Florida teammates had even played a shift.

Olesz scored 30 seconds into the game and added an assist, and the Panthers extended Philadelphia's franchise-record losing streak to 10 games with a 3-1 victory Wednesday night.

"It set the tone," Olesz said of the goal, his fourth in five games. "Every team, every night wants to start like this."

Jozef Stumpel and Mike Van Ryn also scored for Florida, which has won four of its last six. Martin Gelinas had two assists.

Stumpel, Olesz and Gelinas were playing on the same line for the first time, and the combination paid immediate dividends.

"Right away you could see (Olesz) had the fire going," Gelinas said, "and you just want to match that energy."

Kyle Calder scored for the Flyers, who haven t won since beating the New York Islanders, 3-2, on Nov. 30.

"We did some good things at times, but we dropped the ball at times where we didn't get to the loose puck," Flyers coach John Stevens said.

Ed Belfour made 23 saves for Florida.

Antero Niittymaki, making his 16th consecutive start for Philadelphia, stopped 22 shots before being replaced by Robert Esche after two periods.

Nittymaki left the game because of what General Manager Paul Holmgren described as a slight hip strain.

"I felt a little sore the whole game, more and more every time I went down," Nittymaki said. "I felt it was better to be safe than sorry."

Esche, returning to action after missing 11 games following groin surgery, stopped eight of nine shots in the third.

Captain Peter Forsberg also was back in the lineup for the Flyers after missing the last three games because of a concussion. He had a couple of good scoring chances but no points.

"It's been a while since I've been on the ice. I couldn't move for the longest time there," Forsberg said. "But it's good to be back. It's just too bad we didn't win the game."

The Flyers had some good opportunities, including a 5-on-3 for 1:04 late in the third period.

"I thought we battled pretty hard," Forsberg said. "But we've got to battle a little harder if we're going to win some games."

Olesz opened the scoring after poking the puck away from defenseman Alexei Zhitnik from behind. The puck bounced off Gelinas skate and back to Olesz, who was alone in front of the net and beat Niittymaki with a quick deke to his forehand.

Stumpel made it 2-0 at 3:40 of the second when he tipped in Gelinas slap shot from the point.

"That goal real early helped, it kind of put them in a little bit of a hole," said Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

Calder got Philadelphia s only goal on the power play at 18:16 of the second. His pass across the crease went in off the left skate of Belfour.

Van Ryn gave Florida a two-goal lead again when he beat Esche with a slap shot of a faceoff at 8:59 of the third.

"We got some big saves from Eddie tonight when we needed to," Florida coach Jacques Martin said. "I'm sure he'd like to have the goal back that went in. He has that ability after a goal to shut it down."

Notes: The Flyers are now 0-20-1 when trailing after two periods and 1-20-1 when the opponent scores first. ... Panthers C Olli Jokinen and RW Nathan Horton both had five-game points streaks snapped. ... This was the first game of a season-long eight-game road trip for the Flyers. ... Florida placed C Stephen Weiss (shoulder) on the injury list, retroactive to Dec. 12, and recalled LW David Booth from Rochester of the AHL.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:30
FLA
Rostislav Olesz (5) ASST: Martin Gelinas (9)
1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
03:40
FLA
Jozef Stumpel (10) ASST: Martin Gelinas (10), Rostislav Olesz (9)
2 - 0 FLA
07:38
PHI
PPG - Kyle Calder (3) ASST: Randy Jones (8), Jeff Carter (5)
2 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
08:59
FLA
Mike Van Ryn (3) ASST: David Booth (2), Chris Gratton (4)
3 - 1 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
02:52
PHI
Ben Eager  Interference
06:08
PHI
Alexei Zhitnik  Holding
07:27
FLA
Joel Kwiatkowski  Hooking
09:56
PHI
Randy Jones  Hooking
15:12
FLA
Joel Kwiatkowski  Hooking
19:20
FLA
Bryan Allen  Roughing
2nd Period
05:33
FLA
Steve Montador  Hi-sticking
05:49
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking
08:34
PHI
Todd Fedoruk  Interference
3rd Period
02:22
FLA
Steve Montador  Instigator
02:22
FLA
Steve Montador  Fighting (maj)
02:22
FLA
Steve Montador  Misconduct (10 min)
02:22
PHI
Ben Eager  Fighting (maj)
04:16
PHI
Kyle Calder  Roughing
12:06
PHI
Randy Jones  Holding
15:42
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking
16:38
FLA
Gregory Campbell  Tripping
goalie stats
Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niittymaki
SA: 24TOI: 40:00
Saves: 22EV: 16 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .917SH: 0 - 0
Robert Esche
Robert Esche
SA: 9TOI: 19:17
Saves: 8EV: 5 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
Ed Belfour
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .958SH: 0 - 0