Just when it was beginning to look like the Flyers had solved their home woes, the Wells Fargo Center boards and glass made their presence known. Usually the stanchion will jump out and grab a puck in favor of the home team. Not Tuesday night.
In a game mostly controlled (and absolutely dominated in the shot count) by the Flyers, the Panthers left the arena with their fifth straight win. How?
Because of this goal. And some other things. But really because of this goal.
That would be the end of the scoring for the night despite some juicy opportunities for the Flyers.
The Panthers did a great job of tying things up in the neutral zone, and continued to force outside shots in the third. With a flurry around Clemmensen as the final seconds ticked off, it looked like the Flyers might again snatch a late-game goal, but the backup stood tall as he had all night.
It was a night of unlucky bounces for the Flyers, but they also missed the net on some golden opportunities.
He's Not Even S'posed to Be Here TodayClemmensen stopped 35 of 36 Flyers shots in his first start since March 3. With another game set for tomorrow, head coach Kevin Dineen(!) went with his backup against the league's top scoring offense, and it paid off.
At the other end of the ice, Ilya Bryzgalov was charged with two goals for the fourth straight game despite the Panthers registering only 13 shots on goal. Obviously the ghost goal wasn't on him, and the first saw a good shooter slip through his defense and blaze a shot while skating in at a good pace.
Up NextAnother Southeast team desperate for points comes to town. We'll see the Capitals on Thursday night.
ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.
Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.
The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.
Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).
Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.
The Coyotes have won four of their last six.
Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.
Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).
Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.
After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.
Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.
"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.
"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."
Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below.
Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.