|Date of game: 11/6/2014
Recap: Philadelphia vs. Florida
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Steve Mason stopped 34 shots and four different Philadelphia players lit the lamp as the Flyers claimed a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
Sean Couturier, Michael Del Zotto, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Jakub Voracek tallied while Brayden Schenn posted two assists for the Flyers, who have won two in a row to begin their four-game homestand.
Nick Bjugstad provided the sole marker for the Panthers, who had beaten Philadelphia at home, 2-1, on Saturday. Roberto Luongo made 26 saves in defeat.
Philadelphia seized control of the contest with a pair of goals 2:45 apart early in the first period.
Matt Read threaded the needle from the left-wing boards for a shot by Schenn that was tipped home by Couturier at 3:53. Del Zotto recorded his first goal in Orange and Black at 6:38 with a wrister from a sharp angle in the left circle.
"It's huge to come out quick and get that two-goal cushion," Mason said. "When you can get out to a quick start like that, it definitely makes thing more relaxed and gives you a sense of confidence out there."
Bellemare ripped a puck past Luongo from the high slot for a 3-0 Flyers edge with 2:50 elapsed in the second period.
Florida got rolling on a power play with 8:10 left in the second, as Jimmy Hayes backhanded a rolling puck which Mason kicked out, but right to Bjugstad for an open-net score.
The visitors poured 17 shots on goal in the middle frame but couldn't pull closer.
Voracek restored the hosts' three-goal edge only 39 seconds later, finishing off a 2-on-1 by tapping in a pass from Claude Giroux on the left wing.
"You score and kind of get back into a game, and they answer right back," Panthers center Rocco Grimaldi said. "Their crowd jumped back to life. It's a tough thing, but something we've got to bounce back from."
Mason finished with 12 stops in the final 20 minutes.Game Notes
Carlo Colaiacovo's assist on Bellemare's goal was his first point as a Flyer
... Philadelphia is just the second opponent to score more than three goals
against Florida this season (New Jersey, 5-1 on Oct. 11) ... Before Bjugstad's
goal, the Flyers had killed off 19 straight short-handed situations on home