For now, the Flyers’ scoring thirsts have been quenched.
They clobbered a weak Panthers team, mostly carried by a Matt Read hattrick. The scoring began early; after Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek drew successive penalties early in the first, the Flyers attacked on a 5-3 advantage. Kimmo Timonen shot from just inside the blue line, and a Wayne Simmonds deflection helped the puck into the back of the net.
Halfway through the period, the Flyers doubled the lead. On a quick two-man rush from Philly, Matt Read used Wayne Simmonds as a distraction, cut inside from the left wing, and tucked the puck into the back of the net. Wayne Simmonds hustled through the middle of the ice guiding Read, allowing Read to knife towards the net and finish with the wrist shot. Philadelphia would continue to dictate the play, often times mimicking an extended power play. The pressure finally materialized when Braydon Coburn passed into a pocket near the left post. Rookie Tye McGinn knocked home his first NHL goal to increase the margin to three.
Late in the second period, Matt Read doubled his money. The Panthers were about to go on the power play after a Flyers penalty, but they themselves committed an infraction. The four-on-four opened up space on the ice, and the Flyers broke out. Braydon Coburn again dished an assist, this one to Matt Read in front of goal. Read tucked home, using a baseball motion to give the Flyers a 4-0 lead. Peter Mueller answered with a strong wrist flick from Ed Jovanoski, but Luke Schenn regained the four-goal advantage later. A sniper-shot from the blue line ended up in the net, and the Flyers stole back the 4-goal difference.
Matt Read completed the hattrick in the 3rd, as the Flyers went off on another power play. Read imitated Luke Schenn to score on a 45 ft slapshot, putting the game to bed at 6-1. Ruslan Fedotenko tipped in another one, merely for good measure.
Aided by Danny Briere’s return, the Flyers cured their scoring flu, hammering an average Florida club. Philadelphia improved to 2-3, and travel to Tampa Bay Sunday. Puck drops 6:30 PM at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.