Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Tomas Vokoun stopped all 26 shots he faced for his fourth shutout of the season as the Florida Panthers dominated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-0, at Wells Fargo Center.
"We knew the last game before the break was going to be tough for them at home for Christmas," said Vokoun. "I think we started well, played a patient game. Obviously, the key has been being able to put the puck in the net and take some pressure off our defense and our penalty killing. It obviously is easier to play with a lead."
Sergei Bobrovsky started in net and was tagged for four goals on 22 shots for the Flyers, who came into the game riding a five-game winning streak. Brian Boucher relieved Bobrovsky in the second period and stopped 11-of-12 shots.
"It's unacceptable. I thought Florida played a good game," said Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette. "They were first in all areas tonight. They were first on the puck on faceoffs, first on the forecheck, first to loose pucks, first to open ice. They played a good game, they competed at a high level and our level was not where it needed to be."
Florida took a 1-0 lead with 2:33 to play in the first period when Thomas threw it on net from a sharp angle at the right side. The puck went off of defenseman Oskars Bartulis and past Bobrovsky to give Florida the lead.
The Panthers took a 2-0 advantage as Dadonov caught up to the puck in the Philadelphia end, skated to the left to get Bobrovsky out of position and flung it into the open net from the left side with 44 seconds left in the opening stanza.
It was a 3-0 game just 3:53 into the second after Matthias jammed it into the net during a scrum in front.
The fourth Florida goal came at 13:12 of the second to chase Bobrovsky. A Flyer defender fell down in the left corner as he grabbed the puck, and Steve Bernier grabbed it. From there, Bernier threw it out front, where Santorelli jammed it home.
Vokoun stopped 16 shots through the first two periods to keep the Flyers off the board.
Kulikov scored with 8:25 left in the game, and Vokoun made 10 saves in the frame for the shutout.
The Flyers have off until next Tuesday, when they will begin a five-game road trip in Vancouver...Florida plays in Pittsburgh on Wednesday...The Flyers took a 5-2 decision over the Panthers on November 13 in Philadelphia...Vokoun has 42 shutouts in his career...Florida was 0-for-4 on the power play while Philadelphia went 0-for-1.