Panthers end losing streak with defeat of Flyers
Speedy Radek Dvorak left the Philadelphia Flyers behind.
Dvorak broke a 2-2 tie with his second short-handed goal in two games, helping the Florida Panthers end a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory Friday night.
"Unbelievable," Florida center Stephen Weiss said. "His speed is so lethal when he gets out there. If the defenseman bobbles the puck at the blue line, he's right on top of you ready to pounce. He's got breakaway speed. He's a big threat for us on the PK."
With David Booth in the penalty box for tripping, Dvorak scored on a breakaway. He grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone after Chris Pronger failed to keep a Florida clearing attempt in the offensive zone. With Simon Gagne chasing him, Dvorak managed to flip a short forehand shot that went off Emery's stick.
"Obviously, I had a lucky bounce when Pronger couldn't get the puck," said Dvorak, who has a franchise-record 14 career short-handed goals. "I guess my speed (helped) and I saw Gagne was behind me. I just made a few, quick strides and I knew I had a little bit of time. It was like a broken play and it went in. I'm glad it did."