NHL Game Summary - Florida at Philadelphia
(Thursday, October 27th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Florida 4 (OT)
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Peter Forsberg scored with 50 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime and Joni Pitkanen ended it at 1:13 of the extra session, as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Florida Panthers, 5-4, at the Wachovia Center.
Forsberg's goal was his first as a Flyer and he also added a pair of assists in the victory. Simon Gagne posted two goals and an assist to help the Flyers win for the fourth time in five games (4-0-1).
Pitkanen ended with a goal and an assist, while Keith Primeau and Eric Desjardins posted two assists apiece. Robert Esche stopped 30-of-34 shots for Philadelphia.
Olli Jokinen and Nathan Horton each had a goal and an assist for the Panthers, who had a two-game winning streak halted. Florida went 3-of-8 on the power play in the loss.
Roberto Luongo made 35 saves for the Panthers.
Florida was whistled for a penalty in overtime, but the Flyers scored on the delayed call to end the game. Luongo stopped a shot by Desjardins and the puck went to Pitkanen in the slot. Pitkanen struggled to get the puck out of his skate, but when he did he was able to wrist it over the sprawled out Luongo for the game-winner.
"I saw we got the penalty. I just went to the net and got the goal," said Pitkanen.
Kristian Huselius' power-play goal at 2:51 of the third period gave Florida a 4-2 cushion. Sean Hill's slap shot was stopped by Esche, but the rebound went into the slot and Huselius fired the puck past the netminder.
Gagne's ninth goal of the year came at 6:21 of the third and made it a 4-3 game. Forsberg carried the puck into the zone on the left wing and fed a pass across to Gagne, who beat Luongo with a wrister from the right circle.
Philadelphia was awarded a penalty shot with 4:28 left in the game after a Panthers player covered the puck in the crease. Forsberg had Luongo beat on the free shot, but the puck hit off the crossbar.
"I thought it was in when I shot it. I didn't miss by a whole lot, said Forsberg.
However, Forsberg redeemed himself by scoring at 19:10 of the third to tie the game at 4-4. Gagne's shot from the right boards was tipped in the air by Luongo and Forsberg was at the left side of the crease to whack into the goal. The tying goal came with Esche out of the game in exchange for the extra attacker.
"I'm happy with the goal. I finally got it out of the way," added Forsberg.
The Panthers grabbed a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 10:40 of the first period. Stephen Weiss' shot from the right circle was tipped onto the top of the net, but Weiss was able to knock it back into play and Horton whacked it into the net out of mid-air.
Jeff Carter's first career goal knotted the score for Philadelphia at 4:46 of the second period. Pitkanen skated out from behind the net and laced a pass to the left side of the crease for Carter, who stopped the puck with his skate before dumping it over the goal line.
The Panthers scored the game's next two goals to grab a 3-1 advantage. Jokinen scored on the power-play at 8:56 of the second and Martin Gelinas put Florida ahead by two goals with a shot from above the left circle at the 16:58 mark.
Gagne's first goal of the game cut the deficit to 3-2 with 1:25 remaining in the second. Forsberg slid a pass into the left circle and Gagne ripped a one- time over Luongo's glove.
Luongo is a perfect 6-for-6 on penalty shots in his career...The Flyers improved to 8-2-3 in the last 13 meetings with Florida...Philadelphia was just 1-for-7 on the power play...The Flyers won for just the second time in their last six home games (2-2-2) against the Panthers.
10/27 22:43:46 ET