SUNRISE, Fla. – Claude Giroux’s minor adjustment gave the Philadelphia Flyers their first shootout victory of the season.
Giroux scored the only goal in the shootout and the Flyers beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
The all-star forward beat Scott Clemmensen on the stick side to give the Flyers their first shootout victory in four tries this season. He paused before he got to the crease and found an opening.
“I just wanted to switch up a little bit, go fast and slow down and try different things,” Giroux said. “It was good to help the team.”
Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek scored in regulation for the Flyers, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves. Bobrovsky also stopped three attempts in the shootout, after going 0 for 5 previously this season.
Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Fleischmann had goals for Florida, and Clemmensen made 35 saves.
The injury-depleted Flyers played eight rookies.
“We’ve got a lot of injuries and missing a lot of key guys but these young guys go out there and do their job and play hard. They want to stay in the lineup,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said.”It was nice to get a shootout win. There haven’t been a lot of them. It was good to get one, on the road, before the break.”
The Panthers are 3-6 in the shootout this season.
“We’ve got to figure out a better formula in the shootout,” Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. “We’re just losing too many points up for grabs and not ending up in our back pocket.”
The Panthers tied it 2-all on Fleischmann’s goal in the second. Kris Versteeg grabbed the puck as it rebounded off the side boards. He skated in on Bobrovsky, then passed from the side of the crease back to Fleischmann in front, who wristed it in at 15:40.
“It was just a pass off the wall and taking it to the net,” Versteeg said. “Flash made a great play to put it in the net.”
The Flyers took a 2-1 lead on Voracek’s goal at 17:59 of the first. Tom Sestito grabbed the puck in the right circle and his pass to Voracek was tipped in between Clemmensen’s pad and the post.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead during a power play 2:49 in. A shot by Stephen Weiss was blocked. The puck came out to Brian Campbell in the left circle, who passed across to Samuelsson above the right circle. His slap shot beat Bobrovsky on the stick side.
The Flyers tied it on Schenn’s odd goal at 10:34, also during a power play. Schenn’s shot hit Clemmensen’s right skate and bounced up in the air, landing on his right shoulder. The puck trickled down his back and crossed the goal line just before a Flyers player dislodged the net. The goal was reviewed and the call on the ice was upheld.
“It just went straight up and straight down. I was just hoping I’d get a break there and it would go in,” Schenn said. “We got a lucky break there and it’s nice when it works like that.”
Notes: Florida D Dmitry Kulikov is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a knee injury. The Panthers recalled D Tyson Strachan from San Antonio of the AHL. … Flyers LW Scott Hartnell was named to the NHL All-Star roster. He will replace Chicago’s Jonathan Toews, who bowed out because of injury. Hartnell has 25 goals and 19 assists, including five goals in his past two games.