SUNRISE FL - FEBRUARY 16: James van Riemsdyk #21 of the Philadelphia Flyers is congratulated by teammates after scoring a second period goal against the Florida Panthers on February 16 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) – James van Riemsdyk scored what proved to be the game-winner in the second period and the Philadelphia Flyers held on for a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers at BankAtlantic Center.
Danny Briere had a goal and two assists while Andreas Nodl added a goal and an assist for the Flyers, who have won five of their last six. Mike Richards scored a goal and Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 33 saves in the win.
“They’re a great team and had us on our heels,” said Florida head coach Peter DeBoer. “But we battled back and I’m proud of the effort our guys displayed tonight.”
Philly was holding a 3-0 lead to start the third period, bot Olesz made it a two-goal contest just 1:40 when he backhanded in a rebound off a Jason Garrison shot.
Later in the frame, Andrej Meszaros tried to clear his zone but the puck went right to Booth, who snapped a wrister in to make it a 3-2 contest with 7:31 to play.
Florida pulled Vokoun in the final minute and Bobrovsky came up with a big save on a Garrison point shot after a right circle faceoff.
Briere sealed the win with an empty-netter with 22 seconds to play.
Philly took a 1-0 lead just 8:36 in when recently-acquired Kris Versteeg sent a pass from the outside right circle to the inside where Richards snapped it into the net to break a 10-game goal drought.
Just over a minute later it was 2-0 as Briere, on the fly, sent a hard pass from the right circle to the front where Nodl redirected it in.
At the 5:50 mark of the second, Briere skated the puck into the Florida end, went inside-out to get around a defender and get a shot on net that saw van Riemsdyk clean up the rebound from the right side for a 3-0 lead.
Bobrovsky stopped all 16 shots he faced in the first two periods.
Philadelphia left wing Ville Leino missed the game with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day…The Flyers continue their road trip in Carolina on Friday…Florida hosts Detroit on Friday…Philly has taken two of the three games against Florida this season. The teams will meet one last time this season on March 15 in Florida…It was the 1,700th win in Philadelphia’s history.
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(Sports Network) - After winning a key battle in the race for the Eastern Conference's top seed, the Philadelphia Flyers will aim for a second straight victory when they visit the Florida Panthers tonight at BankAtlantic Center.
The Flyers notched a shootout victory Tuesday night in Tampa and moved five points in front of the Lightning for first place in the East. Philadelphia also avoided getting swept by Tampa in the season series.
Philadelphia will be shooting for a bit of revenge tonight after the Panthers destroyed the Flyers in the last meeting between the clubs on Dec. 20. Florida earned a 5-0 victory in that road test to even the season series at one win apiece.
Florida has taken four of six and six of the last nine encounters in this series overall and Philly has dropped three in a row and six of eight in Sunrise.
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen registered the game-winning goal in the seventh round of Tuesday's shootout, lifting the Flyers to the 4-3 decision at St. Pete Times Forum.
In the seventh shootout round, Timonen used a double-deke move near the top of the crease to beat Tampa goaltender Dwayne Roloson. Flyers netminder Brian Boucher then stopped Marty St. Louis' attempt as Philadelphia skated off with the extra point.
"I wanted to come in at full speed, force (Roloson) to make the first move and then jam it in with the forehand," said Timonen.
Kris Versteeg, who came to Philadelphia in Monday's trade with Toronto, made his Flyers debut against the Lightning. The forward finished with two shots on goal and a minus-1 rating in 17-plus minutes of action.
Philadelphia has won four of its last five road games and is 18-6-3 as the visiting team this season. After tonight, the Flyers have two stops left on a four-game road trip.
The Panthers are currently seven points out of a playoff spot and recently won for just the third time in 12 games.
"It seems like we've been on the losing end of a lot [of one-goal games], so it feels good," Higgins said.
Mike Santorelli also lit the lamp for the Panthers, who snapped a five-game winless streak at home and improved to 12-9-6 as the host this season. Marty Reasoner collected two assists and Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves.
The Panthers are 1-1-1 so far on a five-game homestand that is set to end Friday against Detroit.