Flyers erupt to crush lowly Panthers, 7-1
SUNRISE, Fla. - So much for the Flyers' attack looking anemic.
Sparked by Matt Read's first career hat trick, they scored more goals Saturday night than they had in their first four games combined, triggering a 7-1 victory over the sad-sack Florida Panthers at the BB & T Center.
"Hopefully this brings our confidence level up and we can continue to create offense," Read said after the breakout game.
Defenseman Braydon Coburn (plus-3, four blocked shots) and center Claude Giroux each set up a pair of scores, goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (30 saves) was superb, and defenseman Luke Schenn had 11 hits and a goal.
The Flyers (2-3), who won their second straight, had scored a total of five goals in their first four games. They had not scored in the first period this season before erupting for three against the injury-riddled Panthers. One of the early goals was winger Tye McGinn's first career tally.