Panthers tops Flyers 3-2 in shootout

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2013 at 10:06 pm •  Published: February 7, 2013
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The win in the rematch made it easier to put that six-goal loss behind them.

"That's no fun to get spanked that badly at home," Dineen said. "It seemed like a long time ago just because the schedule has been so frantic, that these games they just keep coming one after another, but I think we fed off of that a little bit."

The Flyers and Panthers each scored a goal in the first.

Skille scored his first of the season on a simple wrister from the slot that got past Ilya Bryzgalov. The Panthers had scored only 22 goals this season and Skille had yet to record a point in seven games.

After Florida was whistled for interference, the Flyers capitalized with a man advantage. Voracek fired from the right circle, and teammate Tye McGinn threw a nice screen in front of Theodore to allow the tying goal.

Weiss, a big name in trade rumors these days, is the longest-tenured Panther and career leader in games played and assists. He added a clutch goal to his resume when he evened it up against Bryzgalov, who had been sensational until then, including a flurry of stops in one stretch late in the second.

The Flyers played again without forward Wayne Simmonds, who sustained head and neck injuries on a hit from Washington's John Erskine last Friday.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said it was a possibility Simmonds could play Saturday against Carolina.

They'll need every healthy player they can get to bust out of a slow start to the short season.

"We need to find a way to show up, especially at home," Giroux said. "We need those points right now and we're a desperate team at the start of the season."

Notes: The Flyers signed D Kimmo Timonen on a one-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season. Timonen is in his sixth season with the Flyers and 14th in the NHL. "He's a good solider and he's been a good Flyer," Holmgren said. ... Flyers F Scott Hartnell is on the mend from a broken left foot. He had the cast removed Thursday and could start skating next week, Holmgren said. Flyers D Andrej Meszaros (shoulder) also could skate this weekend. Both are expected out for at least another two weeks.

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