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.
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.