NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Florida
(Wednesday, January 28th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 3, Florida 3
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Roberto Luongo's 44 saves helped the Florida Panthers to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Flyers at the Office Depot Center.
Luongo made six saves in the overtime alone, including a game-preserving glove save on Philadelphia's Mark Recchi, as the Panthers earned at least a point for the third time in four games (2-1-1).
"He was the number 1, 2 and 3 stars out there," Recchi said of the Florida netminder.
Andreas Lilja, Juraj Kolnik and Kristian Huselius scored the Florida goals.
Philadelphia got all three of its goals from defensemen, as Joni Pitkanen scored twice and Eric Weinrich added a tally. Robert Esche turned aside 22 shots for the Flyers, who are unbeaten in their last four (3-0-1) and 5-1-1 over the last seven.
After Kolnik's goal gave Florida a 2-1 lead early in the third period, the Flyers began to apply pressure in the Florida zone and got a pair of quick goals from Weinrich and Pitkanen.
Weinrich scored after a faceoff draw in the Panthers' zone, slipping a wrister through heavy traffic to beat Luongo over his glove at 9:36. Pitkanen then tallied his second on an equally-good wrister from a sharp angle just 30 seconds later.
But the Panthers came right back to tie it on Huselius' goal just 59 seconds after that.
Philadelphia had the overtime's best opportunity with captain Keith Primeau and Recchi on an odd-man rush, but Luongo saved his best effort for last, snagging Recchi's sharp wrister with his glove at the 1:22 mark.
"I was just able to get my glove up in time and save it," Luongo said.
Pitkanen scored his first of the game on a four-on-four at 5:53 of the second period to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead, blasting a slapshot from the point with teammate John LeClair in front as a screen.
But the Panthers scored on an odd-man rush later in the stanza to tie the game. Valeri Bure led the rush along the right boards, skating across the Philadelphia blue line and centering a perfect pass for Lilja, who made no mistake with a one-timer from the slot at 12:07.
Bure got an assist on the Panthers' next goal, too.
Early in the third period, he made a nice move to the side of the Flyer net and sent a shot on Esche. The shot was turned aside, but Kolnik, as he was falling to the ice in front, had the presence of mind to lift the puck over Esche's glove for the 2-1 lead.
Flyers forward Tony Amonte missed the game with a knee injury he suffered Sunday. He is expected to miss 10-to-14 days...Philadelphia (66 points) gained a one-point lead on Toronto for the Eastern Conference's top spot...The Flyers are unbeaten in their last eight at Florida (7-0-1)...Both teams were 0-for-4 on the power play.
01/28 23:25:31 ET