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.
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.
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.