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The six-game point streak is over.

The Flyers tripped up at home Tuesday night for a 2-1 loss to the Panthers, giving them their first regulation defeat since that 6-1 nightmare against the Islanders on Oct. 27. 

Prior to this loss, which snapped a season-best three-game winning streak, the Flyers (9-8-1) had gone 5-0-1 after that forgettable clunker at the Wells Fargo Center. Since Oct. 30, they were tied for first in the NHL with a plus-11 goal differential.

Meanwhile, the Panthers (7-5-3) own the NHL's longest current win streak at five games.

• Facing just their second multi-goal deficit in the last seven games, the Flyers had the Panthers completely under siege in the third period. They came hard and you certainly can't fault their effort trying to rally.

The Flyers created their chances and outshot the Panthers 16-6 in the final stanza but couldn't find the equalizer to push things past regulation.

• Oskar Lindblom started the third-period onslaught with a pretty cross-ice feed to Jakub Voracek, who brought the Flyers within 2-1 just 3:55 into the frame.

Lindblom, only 22 and in his first full NHL season, has shown excellent passing ability alongside Voracek and Nolan Patrick. He has eight points in his last seven games and has turned into one of the Flyers' biggest positives thus far.

 

• Despite earning 11 of a possible 14 points in their last seven games, the Flyers haven't gotten their power play going — a real surprise as it looked like it would be a strength entering 2018-19. It went 0 for 1 Tuesday and is 3 for 39 since Oct. 13, worst in the NHL.

The Flyers have made up for it with 41 goals at 5-on-5, second most in the NHL.

• It's scary to think where this penalty kill would be without Scott Laughton. He has been brilliant this season, especially when the Flyers are shorthanded. He's aggressive and attacks the puck carrier, making the opposition uncomfortable.

If the Flyers had more of his effort when down a man, their penalty kill wouldn't be ranked 30th in the league.

• Brian Elliott, who entered with a 1.68 goals-against average and .938 save percentage over his previous seven games, allowed his first goal since Nov. 1 against the Kings. Overall, he made a number of big saves and stopped 28 of 30 shots, including this one.

The second goal allowed could have been stopped as it was a clear shot from straightaway off the stick of Evgenii Dadonov in the second period. He'll want that one back and it proved to be a major difference.

• Ivan Provorov didn't have his best game. He had a pair of tripping penalties — one was in desperation to prevent a breakaway — and some of his passes didn't have that usual crispness you see when the 21-year-old moves the puck.

Provorov had been a plus-7 over the Flyers' past six games and seemed to be turning a corner. He rarely makes the same mistake twice, so consider this a rare hiccup.

• Following a stretch of eight points in his last three games, Claude Giroux went scoreless and still sits at 699 career points.

• The Flyers practice Wednesday in Voorhees, New Jersey, before hosting the Devils Thursday at 7 p.m. on NBCSP for Game 4 of their five-game homestand.

The Devils entered Tuesday having lost nine of their last 11 games.

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