Flyers-Panthers: Philly Clinches Playoff Spot with Win

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IApril 7, 2009


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The Flyers can now sit back and breathe a little better. The men in orange and black defeated the desperate Florida Panthers 2-1 tonight at the Wachovia Center to guarantee themselves a playoff spot.

It was an ugly game that went into the third period tied at one apiece. But with help from No. 1 goaltender Marty Biron and a game-winning goal by Jeff Carter in the third, the Flyers are headed to the postseason for the 33rd time in their 41 seasons in the NHL.

Here is a stat that will blow your mind: When Jeff Carter scores a goal the Flyers are 26-2-6, but in the last 26 games in which Carts nets one, they are 23-0-3. Carter's goal was his 45th.

"It's good to know I guess," Carter said when informed about the teams record when he scores.

"But that's what I'm for and if it works that well, then that's great for us."

"It's good to know that we can now relax and know that we are in the playoffs, you play hard every year to get to this point, now we just have to finish this out," Carter added.

The Flyers now have 97 points with three games to go in the regular season and still don't have a clue who they will play in the opening round. There is a still a shot that they can take over the Atlantic division. The Devils have two games to play, one against Ottawa, and one against Carolina to finish it off.

If the Devils can botch those two and the Flyers win their last three, we could be looking at the Atlantic division champions.

"We did a great job of closing the game out, stayed patient," Captain Mike Richards said.

"Now that we are in, we still one more goal before the season ends, and that home-ice advantage which would be huge," Richards added

"It's nice and relieving to have that (playoff) spot secured, but we can't stop now because we have three games to go."

Marty Biron stopped 29 shots and showed that he is prime for a good playoff run. His coach, John Stevens, spoke after the game regarding Biron's performance.

"It's great, we didn't give up in the third and it showed with the results," Coach John Stevens said.

"This was an important win for Marty, tonight we saw the real Marty Biron. He was confident, and he saw the puck real well the whole way through."

"You know it's great to get that win. Sometimes you win games that you shouldn't, but then there are games that you don't deserve to win but you do, that's been the story with us at times throughout the season, but now it's all coming together, it's just Murphy's Law I guess," Biron joked.

The Flyers will now head to the Big Apple to face-off with the Rangers Thursday. The Rangers are also trying to fight their way into the playoffs.  It should be a great one-on-one battle.



Flyers defenseman Ryan Parent left the game with a "lower body" injury midway through the second period and did not return. Word around the locker room was that he tweaked his groin. He is day-to-day.

Mike Richards won his second straight Bobby Clarke trophy as the team's MVP. Kimmo Timonen won the best defenseman award, and to round out the awards, Darrol Powe won the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial Trophy as the Flyer who has most improved from the previous season, as voted by his teammates.