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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, March 21, 2023
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 16,479

Record scorer Aleksander Barkov leads Panthers vs. Flyers

Florida Panthers at Philadelphia Flyers

  1. The Flyers snapped a four-game winless streak (0-3-1) against Florida with a 4-3 home win on Oct. 27. Philadelphia is 9-2-1 in the last 12 meetings at home, holding the Panthers to two goals or fewer in nine of them.
  2. The Panthers extended their point streak to a season-high seven (6-0-1) with a 5-2 victory at Detroit on Monday. While Florida has taken two in a row on the road, it is one of four teams yet to post a three-game road winning streak this season (Ducks, Flames, Blue Jackets).
  3. Aleksander Barkov picked up an assist on Monday to break a tie with Jonathan Huberdeau and become the leading scorer in Panthers history (614 points). He has two goals and nine assists during a seven-game point streak that's four short of his season high (Jan. 10-28).
  4. The Flyers dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Carolina on Saturday, falling to 1-4-1 in their last six games. They've allowed a power-play goal in each contest -- their longest streak since a nine-game stretch from Oct. 20-Nov. 8, 2018 -- for a 56.5 penalty-kill percentage (10-of-23).
  5. Owen Tippett, who was drafted 10th overall by Florida in 2017, followed up his first career hat trick with a pair of assists on Saturday. It's the second time this season -- and in his career -- that he has posted back-to-back multi-point games.
  6. On Monday, Matthew Tkachuk notched his 12th game of the season with at least three points, which ranks third in the NHL behind Connor McDavid (20) and Leon Draisaitl (13). It's one off the Panthers' record set last season by Jonathan Huberdeau.

The Florida Panthers will look for their fourth consecutive victory when they face the host Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

The Panthers (36-27-7, 79 points) earned a 5-2 road win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

Aleksander Barkov had an assist, his 43rd of the season, to set the Florida franchise record for most career points with 614. He broke a tie with Jonathan Huberdeau for the team mark.

"He's maybe the most humble man I've ever met," Panthers coach Paul Maurice said of Barkov. "He's the most humble elite player I've ever met. He feels like he's the 13th forward or the seventh defenseman and they're just as important. He treats people like that every day."

For Barkov, the victory was much more important than the record.

"After my career, I'll realize it even more," he said. "Right now, everything happens so fast. We're in a playoff race, and you don't think about it all that much."

Carter Verhaeghe scored two goals for the surging Panthers, who are 6-0-1 over the past seven games, putting them in the second Eastern Conference wild-card position.

Florida's Matthew Tkachuk had one goal and two assists, giving him five goals and nine assists over the past five games. Eric Staal and Gustav Forsling also scored for the Panthers, who will complete a back-to-back set on Tuesday.

"It's a road win," Maurice said. "Gotta keep it going."

Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky was solid on Monday with 20 saves on 22 shots. He has started 13 consecutive games.

The Flyers enter the Tuesday matchup having gone 1-4-1 in their past six games and 3-10-3 in their past 16.

In its most recent outing, Philadelphia fell 5-4 in overtime to the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

In a season filled with maddening losses, the Flyers (25-32-12, 62 points) executed their game plan throughout. Tyson Foerster, Brendan Lemieux and Noah Cates each produced one goal and one assist, and Joel Farabee added a goal against the Metropolitan Division-leading Hurricanes.

Carolina tied the game with 0.3 seconds left on a power-play goal by Martin Necas and then 28 seconds into overtime on a tally by Sebastian Aho.

"A lot of guys battled hard, we battled back, get the lead there," Philadelphia's Scott Laughton said. "I take a (holding) penalty with seven seconds left (in the third), they score, and then score first shift of overtime. That's it."

That's why it was tough for outspoken Philadelphia coach John Tortorella to be too upset after the loss.

The Flyers were less than a second from earning two points instead of settling for one.

"I thought we played really well," Tortorella said. "I thought we had the game controlled. I don't know how to evaluate it right now."

The Flyers now will play in the fourth game of a season-high, seven-game homestand.

Since the struggling Flyers almost certainly will miss the playoffs, each game is about competing and seeing how their young players can succeed in the future.

"It was a good feeling to score, but at the end of the day, we didn't win the game," said Foerster, who notched his first career goal in his fifth contest. "I feel like every game for me has been about learning, gaining confidence. I just wish we came out with the win."

--Field Level Media

Updated March 21, 2023

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