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Flyers-Panthers: Turnover Proves to Be Costly in Philadelphia Loss

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 26: Nathan Horton #16 of the Florida Panthers stops Joffrey Lupul #15 of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center March 26, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Panthers defeated the Flyers 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Bleacher ReportAnalyst IMarch 26, 2009

Brett McClean capitalized off a turnover by Flyers defenseman Andrew Alberts early in the third period as the Florida Panthers picked up a much-needed victory against Philadelphia on Thursday evening, winning by a score of 4-2.

Florida entered the game with Philadelphia 1-4-3 in the previous eight games. 

The Panthers had turned to back-up goalkeeper Craig Anderson to stop the bleeding.

Anderson came up huge, stopping 40 pucks and allowing only two goals.

Jeff Carter scored his 41st goal of the year, now tied with Zach Parise for second in the league in goal scoring, and picked up his 100th assist as a Flyer.  Scott Hartnell also scored for the Flyers, his 28th of the campaign.

For Hartnell, it was a special night.  The Flyers had "Scott Hartnell Wig Night" at the Wachovia Center against the Panthers, where they gave out wigs of Hartnell.  He led the team with seven shots on goal, and was the most noticeable.

Martin Biron started his fifth straight game, taking over the No. 1 goaltending job, and he stopped 24 of the 27 shots he faced.

Cory Stillman opened the scoring with a power-play tally, the first of two power-play goals scored by the Panthers, after deflecting a Jay Bouwmeester rocket.

The Flyers tied the game at 1-1 at 14:07 in the middle period, as Carter beat Anderson with a wrist shot, but the tie game only lasted 23-seconds as Radek Dvorak quickly responded with his 13th goal of the season.

David Booth netted an empty-netter to seal the deal with 33-seconds remaining in the game, Booth's goal was Florida's second power-play goal of the game.

The Flyers look to rebound after seeing their three-game winning streak come to an end against the Panthers, as they head to Long Island to face the lowly Islanders, who have yet to beaten the Flyers this year.

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