PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Florida's Roberto Luongo wasn't the least
bit upset about all the shots he faced. In fact, the more rubber he
saw, the better he liked it.
''They were shooting from everywhere,'' Luongo said. ''But
that's perfect for me. I like those kind of games. It gets me more
into it and it keeps me sharp.''
Luongo didn't even come close to his career highs of 60 shot and
57 saves set a 3-2 overtime defeat against Detroit last season.
''I mean that's my job,'' Luongo said. ''My job is to keep my
team in the game and that's what I expect out of myself every night
and that's the team expects out of me. So anything short of that is
not good enough.''
Viktor Kozlov also scored for the Panthers, who won their third
consecutive game and extended their unbeaten string on the road to
five games at 3-0-2.
''The whole season we've been playing well on the road,'' Luongo
said. ''It's just a matter of keeping it simple.''
Recchi said a lack of aggressiveness cost the Flyers a
chance to pick up two points and move to three points of
Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey.
''We didn't finish the game,'' Recchi said. ''Maybe we thought
it was going to be easy in the third period and push them out. They
came at us. They played aggressively. It should have been the other
''They (the Flyers) really outplayed us for the first two periods,''
Florida's Peter Worrell said. ''I think our goalie saved us. We
were able to stay in there with the help of Roberto.''
Nilson broke a 1-1 tie at 4:10 of the third period with a slap
shot from the right circle. Cullen made it 3-1 at 9:29, scoring
from in close off Jaroslav Bednar's pass from behind the net.
After Philadelphia pulled goalie Robert Esche with 3:35 left,
the Flyers made it 3-2 when Roenick put in a rebound from the left
circle. Huselius scored in an empty-net goal with 51 seconds left.
''In the third period we got beat three times,'' Philadelphia
coach Ken Hitchcock said. ''We got beat on the faceoff, got beat
down the boards, and beat at the net. To me, we gave them all the
enthusiasm they needed after two periods by not being able to bury
The Panthers were outshot 17-7 in the first period, but took the
lead at 9:01 when Kozlov scored through a screen with a wrist shot
from the slot.
Recchi, who leads Philadelphia with 41 points, tied it with the
Flyers skating with a two-man advantage at 7:30 of the second
period. After Kim Johnsson's initial shot squirted away from
Luongo, Recchi skated across and flipped a backhander under the
goalie's outstretched glove.
Philadelphia missed scoring opportunities when Eric Chouinard
hit the post late in the first period and Keith Primeau nailed the
crossbar early in the second. Florida's Jeff Toms hit the post
early in the third period.
The Flyers were unbeaten in their previous six games
against the Panthers (4-0-2) ... Florida's Olli Jokinen extended
his career-best scoring streak to eight games (six goals, eight
assists) with an assist on Kozlov's goal. ... Nilson, who extended
his scoring streak to a career-high six games, assisted on Kozlov's
goal for his 100th NHL point. ... The Flyers have 14 goals in the
past five games after scoring eight times in their previous nine.