Barkov, Connolly Lead Panthers over Flyers 5-2

SUNRISE, Fla. — Aleksander Barkov and Brett Connolly each had a goal and an assist to lift the Florida Panthers over the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Jonathan Huberdeau, Colton Sceviour and Mike Hoffman also scored and Evgenii Dadonov had two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 35 shots. The Panthers are 6-2-1 in their past nine games.

Morgan Frost scored a goal in his first NHL game and Travis Sanheim also scored for the Flyers, who have lost four straight. Carter Hart allowed four goals on 18 shots before being pulled midway through the second period. Brian Elliott stopped seven shots.

Barkov stretched the Panthers lead to 3-1 after he found a rebound in the right circle and fired it past Hart on the stick side at 6:46 of the second.

Huberdeau’s shot from the right circle made it 4-1 and chased Hart with 9:37 left in the second.

Florida Panthers Jonathan Huberdeau
Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Frost closed the gap to 4-2 when he skated along the goal line and backhanded the puck high with 5:40 left in the second. Frost was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the AHL on Monday.

Hoffman’s empty-net goal with 2:32 left made it 5-2.

Connolly broke a 1-1 tie with his goal. Connolly shot from behind the goal line on the right side and the puck bounced off Hart’s mask and into the net with 7:30 left in the first to make the score 2-1.

Sanheim put the Flyers ahead 1-0 when he found a rebound that slid out to the right circle and blasted it past Bobrovsky at 6:26 in.

Sceviour tied it at 1 when his shot from the point deflected off a Flyers defenceman at 10:38.


Panthers F Dominic Toninato recalled from AHL Springfield on Monday. Toninato has appeared in three games with Florida. … F Dryden Hunt loaned to Springfield. … The Flyers loaned forward Carsen Twarynski to Lehigh Valley when they recalled Frost.


Flyers: Visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday

Panthers: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.


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Paul Gereffi, The Associated Press