Flyers clinch playoff spot with 5-2 win

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 8, 2014 at 10:42 pm •  Published: April 8, 2014

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers are ready for the playoffs.

Claude Giroux scored two goals and the Flyers clinched a Stanley Cup playoff berth by beating the Florida Panthers 5-2 on Tuesday.

Tye McGinn, Sean Couturier and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Flyers and Steve Mason made 38 saves.

The Flyers won their second consecutive game after losing the four previous games and after a 1-7 start to the season, making the playoffs is a big relief.

"From the start we got, from the first (eight) games, we've got to be proud of what we've done," Lecavalier said. "Obviously we have to finish strong and make sure that we're ready and confident for that first round."

Jonathan Huberdeau and Erik Gudbranson scored goals for Florida and Dan Ellis stopped 22 shots. Ellis substituted for Roberto Luongo, a late scratch with an upper-body injury.

After the game, Panthers coach Peter Horachek said Luongo's injury was muscular soreness and not serious.

The Panthers didn't go easily. Trailing 4-0, they scored two goals early in the third period to close to 4-2 and make the Flyers nervous.

"We kind of took our foot off the gas," Giroux said. "We only have three games to kind of work on our game and be ready for the playoffs."

The Flyers scored four goals in the second period, including three on their first four shots.

The Flyers took a 1-0 lead when Lecavalier found a loose puck in the slot and wristed it between Ellis' pads at 2:02 for his 20th goal of the season. The Flyers have seven 20-goal scorers.

Philadelphia went ahead 2-0 when Giroux fired a shot from the top of the right circle that got cleanly by Ellis at 6:29.

The Flyers stretched their lead to 3-0 a few minutes later on Giroux's second goal. Mark Streit dropped a pass to Giroux in the slot and his wrist shot beat Ellis at 8:50.