The Flyers were looking to continue their dominance over the Panthers as they had already handled Florida 7-1 earlier this season. The game did not get off to the kind of start that the Flyers were hoping for as Jack Skille took Dmitry Kulikov’s pass in the neutral zone and ripped a shot past Ilya Bryzgalov as he crossed the blue line to put the Panthers up 1-0. Just 52 seconds later, Jake Voracek beat Jose Theodore top shelf on the power play to tie the game at 1. The second period was all Flyers as they scored less than three minutes into the period when Matt Read put home a rebound after a scrum in front of the net to give the Flyers are 2-1 lead. The Panthers got some sustained pressure at the end of the period but couldn’t capitalize. They would get on the board in the third when Stephen Weiss ripped a top shelf wrist shot to tie the game for the Panthers on the power play. They would end regulation tied and head to overtime. The first two Panthers scored in the shootout and, after Matt Read was stopped on his shootout attempt, Claude Giroux was stopped by Theodore to give the Panthers the 3-2 overtime victory. More here.
The No. 1 spot in the Men’s Basketball AP Poll has not been kind this year. Duke has been knocked off twice as the No. 1 team, Louisville has been knocked off, Michigan had been knocked off and Indiana was the first No. 1 team to get knocked off when they fell to Butler in mid-December. Indiana was again ranked No. 1 last night as they took on Illinois. They took a 41-29 lead into the locker rooms at halftime. Whatever was said in the Fighting Illini locker room resonated with the team as they came out on fire in the second half outscoring the Hoosiers 43-31 to tie the game at 72. Illinois would get the ball on the last possession when Tyler Griffey hit a layup with 0.9 seconds remaining to win the game 74-72. It is the fifth consecutive week that the No. 1 team has lost and the first time it was to an unranked team. More here.
“King Felix” is going to get paid in a big way in the Pacific Northwest. The Mariners, who have struggled to remain relevant in the tough AL West, have always had one constant: Felix Hernandez. Now they will have that constant for a little longer. He agreed to a five year, $135.5 million extension that will keep him in a Mariners uniform through the 2019 season. He will make $27 million annually which is the highest price ever for a pitcher, excluding Roger Clemens’ prorated $28 million deal in 2007. More here.