Panthers break Flyers streak

Panthers break Flyers streak


Carter Verhaeghe scored a double in the first period and the Florida Panthers handed the Philadelphia Flyers their first loss of the season on Wednesday at Sunrise. The local favorites eventually prevailed 4-3. 

Despite Verhaeghe's two goals, it was Rudolfs Balcers who definitively gave his side the lead by breaking a 2-2 tie early in the third period. Josh Mahura added a net of insurance midway through the third period, and his success proved to be the game-winning goal.

The Panthers finally put the finishing touch on a penalty at the very end of the game when their opponents moved to six against four due to the withdrawal of the goalkeeper. Travis Konecny ​​scored well afterwards, but with two seconds to go it was too little, too late.

Sam Bennett, Aleksander Barkov and Matthew Tkachuk all contributed to the win with two assists apiece.

The Flyers, who have won their first three outings this season, have shown they're not going to not be easy prey this season by erasing a two-goal deficit. This time Nick Seeler and James van Riemsdyk were the scorers.

Sergei Bobrovksy signed the victory by virtue of a performance of 31 saves. Felix Sandstrom blocked 31 of the 35 pucks aimed at him.

For the Panthers, this is the third victory in four games. They will now host their Florida rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning, on Friday. The next day, the Flyers will visit the Nashville Predators.

Pionk slices

Defender Neal Pionk completed his double in overtime in a win of 4 3 for the Winnipeg Jets against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver.

Pionk needed just 31 seconds to make the difference.

Valeri Nichushkin scored in a fourth straight game, scoring his fifth goal of the season in loss. The 27-year-old Russian also added an assist, taking his total to eight points in four outings.

Mikko Rantanen scored twice for the Avalanche, while Sam Gagner and Cole Perfetti replied for the Manitoba squad. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots to give the visitors the win.