Van Riemsdyk, Hart lead Flyers past Panthers for second straight win

For the second consecutive game, the Philadelphia Flyers got to savor a needed victory in the race for the NHL Playoffs.

James van Riemsdyk registered a goal and an assist while Carter Hart made 30 saves in his return in a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers at the Wells Fargo Center. It was the Flyers’ 19th home win of the season, keeping them in the race in the tightly packed Eastern Conference.

MacKenzie Weegar opened the scoring for the Panthers 3:07 into the first period, slapping a shot past Hart. It was the defenseman’s third goal of the season.

However, the Flyers did not hang their heads as they rolled off three unanswered goals to propel them to a home win. Ivan Provorov’s wrist shot into the top right corner past Sergei Bobrovsky leveled the match with 6:02 remaining in the period.

van Riemsdyk made it two straight games with a goal, slotting past Bobrosvky after a great pass from Jakub Voracek. Voracek hopped off the bench during a Panthers giveaway and sparked a two-on-one opportunity, feeding van Riemsdyk for the eventual game-winning goal.

Travis Sanheim’s eighth goal of the season with 0:52 remaining in the second period, iced the Flyers win with a whole period to spare.

Despite going 0-for-4 on the power play, Alain Vigneault’s team kept pace with with the likes of the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Jonathan Huberdeau rattled the post in a late power play for the Panthers, moments before Claude Giroux’s long backhander found an empty net.

Up next for the Flyers is a trip to the New York Islanders on Tuesday, with Joel Farabee expected to return after missing the last three games with an illness. The team returns home on Feb. 18th against the Columbus Blue Jackets following a three-game roadtrip.

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