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Olesz's quick strike lifts Florida to victory

Olesz's quick strike lifts Florida to victory

Czech winger Rostislav Olesz put the hapless Philadelphia Flyers behind before most of his Florida Panthers teammates had even played a shift.
Olesz scored 30 seconds into the NHL game and added an assist, and the Panthers extended Philadelphia's franchise-record losing streak to 10 games with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday.
"It set the tone," Olesz said of the quick goal, his fourth in five games. "Every team, every night wants to start like this."
Jozef Stumpel and Mike Van Ryn also scored for Florida, which has won four of its last six. Martin Gelinas had two assists.
Stumpel, Olesz and Gelinas were playing on the same line for the first time, and the combination paid immediate dividends.
"Right away you could see (Olesz) had the fire going," Gelinas said, "and you just want to match that energy."
Olesz opened the scoring after poking the puck away from defenseman Alexei Zhitnik from behind. The puck bounced off Gelinas' skate and back to Olesz, who was alone in front of the net and beat Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki with a quick deke to his forehand.
"That goal real early helped, it kind of put them in a little bit of a hole," said Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.


Updated : 2021-04-17 22:54 GMT+08:00