Heading into the season it was clear the Philadelphia Flyers (2-0-0) would need contributions from the entire roster. Despite being outshot, 33-19 in their home building, the Flyers grit out and earned a second consecutive win. The Pittsburg Crosby’s (0-2-0) fall to Philly on Friday night in South Philadelphia.
Crosby (1g) was dominant in the first stanza, going 8 of 9 on faceoffs. But, the Philadelphia back checkers nearly neutralized the visitor’s attack. The leading scorer for Philadelphia last season stole the first-period show with a pair of goals. He had a shot go off Travis Konecny‘s skate on the man up to give the good guys a 1-0 edge at 12:33.
Just 1:54 later, Nolan Patrick (1a) and James Van Riemsdyk (2a) continued their torrid start and set up the second Konecny tally to set Philly into their mojo. Ivan Provorov (1g) added to the deluge when he converted a Jake Vorachek (1a). A second JVR feed to push it to 3-0.
The goal chased Pittsburgh starting netminder, Tristan Jarry (3 goals off 5 shots) and the complexion of the game would change. Crosby and Brandon Tanov found net behind Hart just :30 apart and it was white knuckle time. At the end of the first, it was 3-2. Same could be said for the second.
Hart and replacement Pens backstopper, Casey DeSmith (13 saves off 14 shots) took center stage. Hart, exhibiting why he is a Vezina Candidate, took the stage. No less than three saves on Pittsburgh 2 on 1’s brought the cardboard patrons to their feet.
With 6:07 to play, Konecny would collect his first NHL hat trick off Kevin Hayes (1a) and a Claude Giroux (1a) set up that, once again, went off his skate. The feel-good story in the hockey world, Oskar Lindblom hit the empty Pens net to cement a solid start to the Flyers season.
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