PHILADELPHIA– Carter Hart 48 saves for the Philadelphia Flyers in Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers at the Wells Fargo Center.
Joel Farabi had a goal and an assist, and Travis Konecny and Kevin Hayes each had two assists for Philadelphia (5-2-0), who led 21-5 in the third period.
“This is a big win against a good hockey team,” Hart said. “Just take one shot at a time, whether I’m doing 20 or 50 shots.”
Gustav Forsling, Josh Mahura and Brandon Montor scored for Florida (4-3-1). Sergei Bobrovsky Made 18 saves.
The Panthers had a season high of 51 shots on goal.
“We had 104 shots,” said Florida coach Paul Maurice. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen that. History is their keeper. We missed a few but when you have that many on the net I don’t think you can criticize too much.”
Video: [email protected]: DeAngelo buries Konecny’s pretty feed in 1st place
Forsling gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 3:41 with a shot from high position.
Tony DeAngelo Tie 1-1 at 6:41 when he finished off a no-look backhand pass from Konecny.
After Mahura gave Florida a 2-1 lead at 7:58, Konecny made a nice pass through the crease to close Scott Laughton for a power play goal to make it 2-2 at 15:28.
Konecny went 22-14, the second most he has played in a game this season, and it came after he was benched in the third period of a 3-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.
“I wanted to react properly,” said Konecny. “The previous game wasn’t a good performance for me, actually the last two games. So I wanted to make sure I’m doing as much as I can tonight to help the team and just commit to doing the right things.”
Video: [email protected]: Farabee ends Hayes court to extend lead
Zack MacEwen redirected Nick Seelershot to 10-17 in the second period to give Philadelphia a 3-2 lead.
Moments later, Hayes slid in on a breakaway but lost the puck. He grabbed it off the end pegs and sent it to the top of the net where Farabee knocked it in at 11:29 for a 4-2.
“We slowly started [but I] I thought we picked up parts of the second half and then just stuck it out,” said Flyers coach John Tortorella.
Montour scored a power play goal after 36 seconds in the third game to make it 4-3 in the final. It was the Panthers’ first man-advantage goal in six games, ending in a 26-0 sled.
“We have some good looks, some clean looks,” Montour said. “I want us to be a little faster. I think we’re trying to make games a little too perfect. We have some good shooters. It was nice to get one early in the third, but still there’s work to be done.”
Video: [email protected]: Montour shoots home with a backhand on the power play
That was the only goal Hart allowed in the third. He set an NHL career high for single-game saves, and his 0.947 save percent this season is the second-best goalies in the NHL to have played at least four games.
“He was great,” said the Philadelphia defender Ivan Provorov said. “This year there were so many games where we were able to win because sometimes we lost our momentum and the way we were supposed to play, but he was able to close the door.”
REMARKS: Eric Staal, who signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on October 21, played 10:37 on his season debut. It was the forward’s first NHL game since the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals with the Montreal Canadiens. Staal played five games in the American Hockey League last season and also represented Canada at the 2022 Beijing Olympics. … Flyer’s defender Rasmus Ristolainen had two hits in 14:06 ice time on his season debut. He missed the first six games of the season due to a hip injury. … Philadelphia forward Owen Tippett had an assist in 18:24 Ice Time after missing five games with an upper-body injury. … Hart’s previous career high for saves was 47 against the Vegas Golden Knights last season on March 8. … Provorov led the Flyers with eight blocked shots. … Philadelphia claimed forward Kieffer bellows on pregame waivers by the New York Islanders.
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