The Philadelphia Flyers pound the Kraken, 6-1 at the Wells Fargo Center. If Flyers fans can expect this on most nights, it will be a fun ride. Yes, it was an expansion team. Yes, they were playing their fourth game in a week. But, the rowdy Philadelphia crowd was treated to a lop-sided 6-1 domination of the 1-2-1 Seattle Kraken. Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny, Newcomers Derick Brassard, and Ryan Ellis, and, of all people, Ryan Braun boosted the 1-0-1 Flyers to a 5-0 edge.
WHAT ABOUT GOALTENDING?
The onslaught chased Phillip Grubauer (5 goals on 20 shots). Carter Hart was outstanding turning away 23 of 24 attempts.
Flyers Coach, Alain Vigneault praised his netminder, who picked up his 50th career win. “In our start, we made two major mistakes,’’ coach Alain Vigneault said. “And we got big saves (from Hart) right off the hop. That’s basically the difference – if they score, they get a little confidence, a bit of energy, and if we don’t score, they come right back. Those (saves) sent us in the right direction.’’ For good measure, the Flyers got the 6th goal from Joel Farabee.
WHAT ABOUT THE NEW GUYS?
As mentioned, Brassard and Ellis hit rope. We have two new fan favorites as a pair of fights ensued after Philly went up 5-1. Nick Seeler pushed a ref out of the way go at it with Jamie Oleksiak, all 6′-7″ of the Kraken back-liner. Nate Thompson absolutely pounded Nathan Bastain. Here is the reaction from Seeler. “He was sticking up for his teammate, which I understand and respect. I didn’t want to back down, and he’s a big boy so it was a good scrap. It was fun.”
Travis Konecny would chime in.” I was just saying to Seels on the way in that I’ve never heard the building that loud in a long time. I don’t expect anything less coming from our fans. The emotion of just being back in Philly and they love us getting into it with the other team. He did a great job, Thomer did a great job. You can hear that atmosphere in the rink and on the bench. It was an awesome night.” The Philadelphia Flyers pound the Kraken.
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.