Huberdeau, Panthers top Flyers to remain undefeated


PHILADELPHIA — The Florida Panthers won their fifth straight game to start the season, 4-2 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.

Jonathan Huberdeau had two goals and an assist for Florida (5-0-0), and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves.

Dating to last season, the Panthers have won 11 consecutive regular-season games.

Claude Giroux and Cam Atkinson scored for Philadelphia, which lost in regulation for the first time (2-1-1). Carter Hart made 27 saves.

Huberdeau scored shorthanded at 7:53 of the third period to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead. Sam Bennett jumped on a loose puck in the Florida end and as he entered the Philadelphia zone found Huberdeau cutting through the slot. Hart stopped the first shot, but Huberdeau banked in the rebound off the goalie’s glove.

Sam Reinhart scored an empty-net goal to make it 4-2 with 1:12 remaining.

Huberdeau scored a power-play goal to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 17:00 of the first period. Flyers defenseman Nick Seeler was called for interference at 16:55, and Aleksander Barkov won the ensuing face-off back to Aaron Ekblad, who passed to Huberdeau for a shot from the left circle for his first goal of the season.

Giroux tied the game 1-1 with a power-play goal at 4:23 of the second period.

Atkinson put Philadelphia ahead 2-1 when he scored at 10:53 on a shorthanded breakaway. After Reinhart bobbled the puck at the Flyers blue line, Atkinson jumped on it, skated the length of the ice, and shot between Bobrovsky’s pads.

Owen Tippett finished a 3-on-2 rush to tie it 2-2 with 27 seconds remaining in the period. It was his first goal of the season.

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