NHL Game Summary - Florida at Philadelphia
(Wednesday, October 29th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 5, Florida 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Michal Handzus and Joni Pitkanen each had a goal and an assist in Philadelphia's 5-1 victory over Florida. Simon Gagne and Tony Amonte each contributed a pair of assists for the Flyers, who improved to 3-0-2 at home this season.
Justin Williams, Jeremy Roenick and John LeClair also scored for Philadelphia, while Robert Esche made 21 saves in the victory.
Viktor Kozlov scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who have lost five of their last seven games (2-5).
The Flyers scored twice in the opening period. Keith Primeau set up the game's first goal from the right corner. Primeau spotted Pitkanen moving in from the point and sent the puck to the defenseman in the right circle. The shot beat Roberto Luongo to the far side at 6:29 of the opening period.
Williams scored on the power play at 9:08 to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. Williams one-timed a pass from Handzus past Luongo from the doorstep to the netminder's right for his second goal of the season.
Steve Shields took over in goal after Williams' goal and stopped all five shots he faced. Shields made two saves in the closing seconds of the first period as the Panthers got caught in a line change to keep it just a two-goal game after 20 minutes.
Kozlov scored an unassisted goal at 6:05 of the middle stanza with a spinning backhander that beat Esche to the glove side, but Philadelphia responded with a pair of goals to take a 4-1 lead into the second intermission.
Philadelphia took a 3-1 lead on Roenick's goal at 8:23. Handzus fired the rebound of a shot by Gagne between the legs of Shields from the top of the crease on the power play at 9:22 to give the Flyers a 4-1 advantage.
LeClair scored the third power-play goal of the contest for Philadelphia with 4:54 remaining in the contest to finish the scoring.
Shields finished with 22 saves.
Philadelphia is 6-1-2 in the last nine games against the Panthers...The Flyers finished 3-for-9 on the power play, while Florida failed in six opportunities with the extra skater...LeClair skated in his 800th NHL game, while teammate Mark Recchi played in his 1,100th contest.
10/29 21:50:14 ET