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Jeff Carter Scores Twice as Flyers Comeback to Beat Panthers, 3-2

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Yes, the Flyers maintained their one-point lead (with two games in hand) on Washington in the Eastern Conference. But the Flyers have now earned 7 out of a possible 8 points in their last four games. Can we stop talking slump yet? Minus a bad 20:18 on Saturday, and people are barely remembering a week ago.

After going up 1-0 on a goal by Scott Hartnell (and really, the credit goes to Mike Richards), the Flyers then saw a hesitation by Nick Boynton result in a Stephen Weiss snipe and a crazy bounce off Darroll Powe's skate put them down 2-1 at intermission.

But within the second period's first five minutes, the Flyers caught a break. A turnover in the slot led to a Jeff Carter spin-and-fire wrister that Tomas Vokoun simply missed. Off his glove, in the net, tie game. Ten minutes later, Briere lays a great backhanded saucer pass to Carter on a 2-on-1 that he buried for the eventual game-winner. His team-leading 7th, if you care about that sort of thing.

Oh, and the Flyers held onto a lead in the third period. For those who wanted to see that as well.

Jump for bullets, Question with Answer, and the Comment of the Night.

  • Blair Betts, Darroll Powe, Jody Shelley, and Nick Boynton were all minus-2. Not what you want from your fourth line.
  • Boynton played less than 6 minutes and Sean O`Donnell played less than 10. Matt Carle and Andrej Meszaros both played over 26 minutes. Definitely time to put Erik Gustafsson in the lineup. 
  • Fascinating usage alert: Dan Carcillo was sheltered in the offensive zone tonight (7 faceoffs to 0 in the defensive zone), and Kris Versteeg - he of the two-way upgrade on Andreas Nodl - was given 8 offensive faceoffs to 0 defensive. Cue puzzled look.
  • Each of the Flyers' top-6 forwards recorded a point tonight. That's a good start.
  • Laviolette truly is the Master of the Timeout.

Question With Answer

  1. They win this game 1,000 to 3. Right? RIGHT? Close, Travis. Close.

Comment of the Night

Yes we have a lead!!!

Commence blowing of said lead….now!

EREX21 >> three minutes prior to Florida tying the game

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