Flyers Drop Opener in Shootout

The Flyers drop the opener, 5-4 in a shootout. The Philadelphia Flyers welcomed the Vancouver Canucks to the Wells Fargo  Center to kick off the 2021-22 Season.

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HOW’D IT GO?

The 19,338 saw a fast start from the Philly guys who would out shoot Vancouver, 15-4 in the opening stanza. The middle period was all Vancouver who stormed the beach with a four-goal outburst.  The raucous crowd would witness a feverish third that revealed a wild Flyers comeback.

WHAT WENT ON?

Travis Konecny got it to 4-3 on the man advantage and just 1:05 later, Claude Giroux evened things with Carter Hart pulled. To overtime, they would go with the highlight being Hart stoning Elias Petterson on a breakaway. Vancouver got markers from Petterson and JT Miller while Sean Couturier and Giroux came up empty in the shoot-out.

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STATS

Konecny, Giroux, Cam Atkinson, and Joel Farabee supplied the Philadelphia lamplighters. JT Miller (1g,2a), Alex Chiasson (1g,1a), Peterrson (1g,1a), and Vasily Podkolzi with his first NHL goal, did the damage for the Canucks.

Hart turned aside 35 of the 39 shots he faced. Counterpart, Thatcher Demko picked up 31 saves and the victory. Philadelphia had won their last five season openers. The contest marked the first Flyers season home opener since the 2013-14 season. Max Willman made his NHL debut and, following tradition, the Flyers gave him a solo lap pre-game. Just two seasons ago Willman was with Reading in the ECHL. The Flyers drop the opener, 5-4 in a shootout. Flyers’ next game is Monday against former Coach, Dave Hakstol and the expansion Kraken.

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.

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