Final

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Florida leads 4-0

Game 1: Friday, October 20th
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Game 2: Wednesday, December 27th
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Game 3: Thursday, March 8th
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Game 4: Tuesday, March 20th
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Flyers 1

(8-24-4, 20 pts)

Panthers 3

(14-19-7, 35 pts)

7:30 PM ET, December 27, 2006

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 T
PHI 0 1 01
FLA 1 1 13

R. Olesz (Panthers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Gelinas (Panthers - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

M. Van Ryn (Panthers - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Panthers hand Flyers team-record 10th straight loss

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Rostislav Olesz put the hapless the Philadelphia Flyers behind before most of his Florida teammates had even played a shift.

NHL Career Leaders: Goaltender Wins
Rank Player Years Wins Win %
1 Patrick Roy 19 551 .618
2 Martin Brodeur 13 466 .564
3 Ed Belfour 17 465 .524
4 Terry Sawchuk 21 447 .562
5 Curtis Joseph 16 435 .514
6 Jacques Plante 18 434 .614
7 Tony Esposito 16 423 .566
8 Glenn Hall 18 407 .545
9 Grant Fuhr 19 403 .567
10 Mike Vernon 19 385 .575

Olesz scored 30 seconds into the game and added an assist and the Panthers extended Philadelphia's franchise-record losing streak to 10 games with a 3-1 victory Wednesday night.

"It set the tone," Olesz said of the goal, his fourth in five games. "Every team, every night wants to start like this."

Jozef Stumpel and Mike Van Ryn also scored for Florida, which has won four of its last six. Martin Gelinas had two assists.

Stumpel, Olesz and Gelinas were playing on the same line for the first time, and the combination paid immediate dividends.

"Right away you could see [Olesz] had the fire going," Gelinas said, "and you just want to match that energy."

Kyle Calder scored for the Flyers, who haven't won since beating the New York Islanders 3-2 on Nov. 30.

"We did some good things at times, but we dropped the ball at times where we didn't get to the loose puck," Flyers coach John Stevens said.

Ed Belfour made 23 saves for Florida.

Antero Niittymaki, making his 16th consecutive start for Philadelphia, stopped 22 shots before being replaced by Robert Esche after two periods.

Nittymaki left the game because of what general manager Paul Holmgren described as a slight hip strain.

"I felt a little sore the whole game, more and more every time I went down," Nittymaki said. "I felt it was better to be safe than sorry."

Esche, returning to action after missing 11 games following groin surgery, stopped 8-of-9 shots in the third.

Captain Peter Forsberg was also back in the lineup for the Flyers after missing the last three games because of a concussion. He had a couple good scoring chances but no points.

"It's been a while since I've been on the ice. I couldn't move for the longest time there," Forsberg said. "But it's good to be back. It's just too bad we didn't win the game."

The Flyers had some good opportunities, including a five-on-three for 1:04 late in the third period.

"I thought we battled pretty hard," Forsberg said. "But we've got to battle a little harder if we're going to win some games."

Olesz opened the scoring after poking the puck away from defenseman Alexei Zhitnik from behind. The puck bounced off Gelinas skate and back to Olesz, who was alone in front of the net and beat Niittymaki with a quick deke to his forehand.

Stumpel made it 2-0 at 3:40 of the second when he tipped in Gelinas' slap shot from the point.

"That goal real early helped, it kind of put them in a little bit of a hole," said Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

Calder got Philadelphia's only goal on the power play at 18:16 of the second. His pass across the crease went in off the left skate of Belfour.

Van Ryn gave Florida a two-goal lead again when he beat Esche with a slap shot off a faceoff at 8:59 of the third.

"We got some big saves from Eddie tonight when we needed to," Florida coach Jacques Martin said. "I'm sure he'd like to have the goal back that went in. He has that ability after a goal to shut it down."

Game notes


The Flyers are now 0-20-1 when trailing after two periods and 1-20-1 when the opponent scores first. ... Panthers center Olli Jokinen and right winger Nathan Horton both had five-game points streaks snapped. ... This was the first game of a season-long eight-game road trip for the Flyers. ... Florida placed center Stephen Weiss (shoulder) on the injury list, retroactive to Dec. 12, and recalled left winger David Booth from AHL Rochester.

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