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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tired Panthers Sag to Loss Against Flyers

MIAMI -- The Florida Panthers looked beat, which might be why they finally lost.


Weary following a month of success, Florida sagged against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Panthers were out-hustled, outplayed and -- for the first time this season -- outscored, 3-2.


Florida dropped to 8-1-4 and fell three games shy of tying the longest unbeaten streak at the start of a National Hockey League season. Edmonton went 12-0-3 at the beginning of its championship season in 1984-85.


Coach Doug MacLean blamed Florida's failure on fatigue.


"We didn't have a great performance,'' MacLean said. "We didn't have a lot of energy. Our legs weren't there in the second half of the game like in our previous games.''


The Panthers, who blew a 2-0 lead, characterized their first defeat as inevitable and overdue, yet still disappointing.


Goalie John Vanbiesbrouck and center Rob Niedermayer, both instrumental in the defeat, declined to talk with reporters. Vanbiesbrouck made 41 saves but allowed two goals in the final 7:21. Niedermayer strayed into the crease in the third period, negating a goal by Mellanby.


Florida took a 2-0 lead after 26 minutes, but Philadelphia came back against the hottest team on ice.


Shjon Podein tied the game, and Joel Otto scored the game-winner from the left of the post with 1:02 left.


With Otto's first goal of the season, the Flyers stopped more than one streak. It had lost five in a row against Florida, including the final three games of last season's second-round playoff series.


The Panthers' streak appeared safe when they jumped ahead on goals by Dave Lowry and Ray Sheppard. But the Flyers recovered from a 3-0 deficit Thursday at Tampa Bay to win 4-3, so they knew how to rally on the road.


Blackhawks 4, Oilers 2. Chicago's Tony Amonte, Denis Savard and Eric Daze each scored power-play goals, lifting the Blackhawks to a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.


Alexei Zhamnov scored the fourth goal Sunday for the Blackhawks, who entered the game ranked 22nd in the league in power-play conversions.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)


"The mood is pretty sour,'' right wing Scott Mellanby said. "Losing one game in 13, you wouldn't expect this room to be so down.''