While the four-goal barrage that chased Mason out of the game was the worst of it, the Florida Panthers success continued en route to a 7-1 blowout victory over Philadelphia.
It was a stark contrast from the standard set last season when the Panthers were one of the worst offensive teams in the league and also deviated from Mason’s tradition of dominating Florida. Of course, Flyers backup goalie Michal Neuvirth didn’t come out unscathed either as he surrendered three goals on 22 shots.
Jaromir Jagr, 43, got his campaign off on the right foot with the 723rd and 724th goals of his career. Vincent Trocheck, 22, scored the opening marker and recorded three assists to set a new career-high for points in a single game.
It was also a big night for 24-year-old Reilly Smith, who netted two goals in his Panthers debut.
All this isn’t to suggest that the Flyers were silent though. While Florida certainly didn’t need stellar goaltending on a night like this, Roberto Luongo certainly did more than his fair share by turning aside 38 shots. Mark Streit was the only player to best him.
Dave Hakstol’s tenure as the Philadelphia Flyers’ head coach has gotten off to a 0-1-1 start, but his team will get another shot against Florida on Monday.