By Jenny Masters
Nothing lasts forever.
Not even the Flyers undefeated streak to start this season.
Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the third period, to lead the undefeated Florida Panthers over the Flyers 4-2.
Claude Giroux and Cam Atkinson scored for the Flyers.
“It was a hard-fought game from two teams who came to play, came to compete,” Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. “I liked our compete level. Unfortunately, tonight a very good team beat us.”
Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for the Panthers. Bobrovsky earned his 300th win in Florida’s last game, a 4-1 victory over Colorado on Thursday night.
Huberdeau put the Panthers ahead 3-2 with 12:07 remaining with his second of the game, a short-handed tally. After Philadelphia turned it over in its zone, Bennett passed to Huberdeau, whose first attempt on the breakaway was denied by Carter Hart with a stellar left pad stop. Huberdeau stayed with the rebound and shot the puck from behind the goal line off Hart’s pads and in.
“Sometimes you get some bounces and that was it,” Huberdeau said.
Added Quenneville: “He stayed with it and it was a pretty nifty play.”
The goal was one of four that came on special teams, including two of the three goals in the second period.
Giroux tied it at 4:23 into the second with a power-play goal, blasting a slap shot over Bobrovsky’s right shoulder from long range.
Atkinson, acquired in an offseason trade with Columbus, netted his fourth in four games with a short-handed tally 6 ½ minutes later to make it 2-1. Joel Farabee forced Reinhart to turn the puck over at the Panthers blue line, and Atkinson sped in all alone on Bobrovsky, beautifully deked and finished with a shot through the goalie’s legs.
Tippett knotted the contest at 2 with 27 seconds left in the second when he went high over Hart from close range after an excellent backhand pass from MacKenzie Weegar to the top of the crease.
Bobrovsky’s best save may have been his upper-body stop on Nicolas Aube-Kubel from close range with just under five minutes left to keep Florida up a goal.
“He made some key saves and played an unbelievable game,” Huberdeau said.
Huberdeau converted on the power play with three minutes left in the first. Huberdeau took a pass from Aaron Ekblad and fired a wrist shot from above the circle that went over Hart’s right shoulder.