Series (Game 2 of 4)

Philadelphia leads 2-1

Game 1: Wednesday, November 13th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 10th
Game 3: Saturday, February 22nd
Game 4: Sunday, April 6th

Flyers 5

(13-7-1, 33 pts)

Panthers 2

(9-10-4, 28 pts)

7:30 PM ET, December 10, 2002

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 T
PHI 1 3 15
FLA 1 0 12

S. Gagne (Flyers - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

R. Esche (Flyers - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: .923

J. Williams (Flyers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Gagne fuels Flyers' five-goal scoring spree

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers and Simon Gagne both snapped scoring slumps.

Simon Gagne

Gagne scored two unassisted goals as the Flyers beat the Florida Panthers 5-2 Tuesday night.

The five-goal outburst broke the Flyers' team-record streak of 16 games without scoring more than three goals. They scored only 22 times in that span.

Gagne, who scored a career-high 33 goals last season, doubled his season total to four goals

"It feels good for me, but the important thing is that the team also scored some goals,'' Gagne said. "Tonight was a good example of the way we should play.''

Dennis Seidenberg, Andre Savage and Justin Williams also scored for Philadelphia and Robert Esche made 24 saves for Philadelphia.

"He (Gagne) could have had five or six tonight,'' Philadelphia coach Ken Hitchcock. "He had a lot of chances and the line was good. We had a lot of good performances.''

The Flyers are undefeated this season when they score first.

"When we get the lead we force the other team to open it up,'' Hitchcock said. "That's when we're really good. I feel like our team plays a whole other level when we score first.''

Ivan Novoseltsev and Olli Jokinen scored for Florida, who got 35 saves from Roberto Luongo.

Florida had two turnovers by Jokinen that resulted in Philadelphia goals.

"The second and third goals were my fault,'' Jokinen said. "It cost us a game.''

Savage made it 4-1 at 17:02 of the second period with his first goal of the season. He redirected a shot by Justin Williams into the net. Savage was recalled on Monday from the AHL.

The Flyers took a 3-1 lead on Gagne's second goal at 12:05 of the second period. He intercepted a pass just inside the blue line and shot from the high slot. The puck went in just under the crossbar.

"They capitalized on our mistakes, that's for sure,'' Florida coach Mike Keenan said. "We had an opportunity to capitalize on a couple of their mistakes. I thought their goalie made some spectacular stops.''

Jokinen's goal at 2:47 of the third period that made it 4-2 came after he redirected a shot by Viktor Kozlov past Esche.

Williams' goal came after Luongo made a glove save on a shot by Gagne. Luongo dropped the puck in front of the crease and Williams poked it in.

Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead at 5:00 of the second after the Panthers turned the puck over during a power play. Gagne raced down the left side and took a backhanded shot from in front of the crease that got between Luongo's legs for a short-handed goal.

"The puck was coming to me at an angle and I was 1-on-1 with Luongo,'' Gagne said. "I just went to the net, shot the puck and it went in.''

The Flyers took a 1-0 lead at 1:59 of the first period when Seidenberg beat Luongo with a wrist shot from the inside left circle. Less than a minute later, Novoseltsev came out from behind the net and scored on Florida's first shot.

Game notes

Florida has given up six short-handed goals this season. The Panthers allowed seven last season. ... The Flyers are 9-0-2 when leading after the second period. ... Jokinen's goal was the Panthers' 1,000th at home. ... Philadelphia is 4-0-2 against Florida since April 3, 2001.

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