Flyers Smack Penguins in Season Opener to Set Tone For 2021 Season

Updated: Jan 15, 2021

Lauren Hart sent the Flyers into this game with her passionate performance of the National Anthem followed by a quick message from referee Kelly Sutherland at center ice. Sutherland said battle hard and these two teams did not disappoint. After an early goal from Penguins forward Mark Jankowski, the Flyers answered with two power play goals. First, James van Riemsdyk tipped a shot from newly acquired defensemen Erik Gustafsson. Then, Nolan Patrick followed suit by tipping in another Gustafsson shot. It was Patrick's first goal in over 600 days, as he missed the entire 2019-2020 season with a migraine disorder.

The second period picked right back up with Sidney Crosby getting an open netter after a Carter Hart turnover, that he definitely wanted to forget. The game remained tied at 2-2 until the end of the period when Joel Farabee scored his first goal of the season and third point of the night.

As we continued into the third period, Pittsburgh’s Brandon Tanev tied the game up just over three minutes in. However, the Flyers were soon to answer the bell yet again, when Philadelphia’s fourth line of Scott Laughton, Michael Raffl, and Nic Aube-Kubel gave the Flyers a boost. Raffl fired the Flyers' fourth goal of the night past Penguins net-minder Tristan Jarry. Soon after the flood gates opened as Travis Konecny (EDIT: Konecny's goal has now been credited to Oskar Lindblom) and Kevin Hayes potted a pair of goals just twenty seconds apart to seal the first win of the season for the orange and black. Farabee was named the first star of the game and finished with 1G - 3A -- 4P on the night. Carter Hart finished the game with three goals allowed on 34 shots giving him a .912 SV% to start the season.

The Flyers and Penguins meet again on Friday, January 15th, for their second-straight home game against Pittsburgh. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM at the Wells Fargo Center.


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