It was already known that Jonathan Huberdeau has skills. It was already clear that he could produce at a high level in the NHL, but if anybody had lingering doubts about Jonathan Huberdeau’s future, they were shattered by his performance in last night’s game, a performance that include four points (2 goals, 2 assists). The Panthers were able to take advantage of an emotionally and physically drained Flyers team and came out of Philly with a 5-2 victory.
The so called “Kid Line” of Jonathan Huberdeau, Drew Shore and Peter Mueller, is really developing into a force to be reckoned with. The line which hasn’t even been together for the full season, is in the top ten for line productivity according to Left Wing Lock. The Kid Line was involved in four out of the five Panther goals last night. Jonathan Huberdeau scored his seventh and eight goals on the season while Peter Mueller also scored two giving him six for the year. Line mate Drew Shore was credited with two helpers as was Jonathan Huberdeau. Also on a side note, is that picture above precious or or what? The celebration captured by this photo probably went something like this.
Huberdeau’s first goal came after he was held by Kimmo Timonen on a breakaway. Huberdeau was awarded a penalty shot and proceeded to make Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov look silly for the second time this season. (Huberdeau also scored a nasty shootout goal in the Panther’s earlier 3-2 SO win in Philly) Bryzgalov must see Huberdeau in his nightmares. Here is a look at the goal:
Scott Clemmensen got the start for Florida and picked up his first win of the season stopping 32 of 34. The Panthers got to Bryzgalov with three first period goals, and Bryz was pulled in the second period after stopping 11 of 15. Flyers backup Brian Boucher came in and stopped 10 of 11 the rest of the way.
As we have seen with the Panthers this year, the schedule can often times play a role in the outcome of games. The Panthers were lucky to be facing an exhausted Flyers team coming off a six game road trip and an emotional 6-5 victory over the Penguins the previous night. Timonen alluded to this in his post game comments, “I usually don’t make up excuses,but you saw a tired Flyers team today. Coming back from a six-game road trip, played a really hard-charged game [Wednesday], got two points, got home at 2 o’clock [a.m.]. We were tired today.”
The win snapped a five game winless streak for the Panthers who now have 14 points this season, four behind the eight place Rangers. The Panthers will look to carry their momentum into another tough road game tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. There is added excitement regarding tonights game as we could see the season debut of recently called up goalie Jacob Markstrom.