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Florida 2, Philadelphia 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Where: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise, Florida
Referees: Mitch Dunning, T.J. Luxmore
Linesmen: Brad Kovachik, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 15545

Aaron Ekblad scored with 2:21 left in overtime as the Florida Panthers tied the NHL record with 11 consecutive season-opening home victories, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Wednesday night in Sunrise, Fla.

Jonathan Huberdeau and Sam Bennett logged assists on the winning goal. Bennett also scored for Florida, which tied the home-streak record set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks.

Joel Farabee scored for the Flyers, who took their season-high fourth consecutive loss (0-2-2). Philadelphia has scored just 19 goals in its past 12 games.

Panthers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves, improving his record against the Flyers to 17-5-1. Overall this season, Bobrovsky is 9-0-2.

The Panthers are now 3-0-0 since their best player, center Aleksander Barkov, went down with an injury.

Flyers goalie Martin Jones was outstanding, keeping the Panthers off the board for the first 43-plus minutes. He finished with 43 saves against the Panthers, who entered the night with the highest-scoring offense in the NHL.

Philadelphia Keith Yandle, a former Panthers defenseman, did not register a point. His team has an 0-2-0 record against the Panthers since Florida bought out his contract in July.

The Flyers opened the scoring with 7:33 expired in the first period. The sequence started with a Panthers two-on-one rush, but Huberdeau's shot from the right circle was stopped by Jones.

Flyers winger Travis Konecny gathered the long rebound and whistled a stretch pass to Farabee, who made a couple of moves before slipping the puck between Bobrovsky's pads.

The Flyers had a pair of chances to increase their lead after a first-period roughing penalty on Ekblad and a second-period call for unsportsmanlike conduct on Florida forward Frank Vatrano. However, the Panthers killed both penalties and finally got their first power-play opportunity 3:35 into the third as Nick Seeler was called for slashing.

Florida tied the score just 24 seconds later as Anthony Duclair's perfectly threaded pass led to Bennett's tap-in goal. Ekblad had the secondary assist for his pass to Duclair.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Philadelphia   Florida
Joel Farabee 1 Points Sam Bennett 2
Joel Farabee 1 Goals Sam Bennett 1
Travis Konecny 1 Assists Sam Bennett 1
N/A Power Play Goals Sam Bennett 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Martin Jones .956 Save Percentage Sergei Bobrovsky .970
Martin Jones 43 Saves Sergei Bobrovsky 32
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Philadelphia 33 1 0-2 1-2 6 33
Florida 45 2 1-2 2-2 6 24
Upcoming Games
  • Florida will play their next game on the road against Washington. The Panthers have a W/L % of .846 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Philadelphia will play their next game at home against Carolina. The Flyers have a W/L % of .250 after a win and .600 after a loss.