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.



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.


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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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.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.