None of the 19,000 fans showered Sidney Crosby with booing or sinning during the big third.
But The Flyers made a night out with the penguins fun for a keen fan base to watch at home. Showcasing well-publicized depths and taking on the attack in the third phase, the flyer ended up routing the Penguins 6-3 in the 2020-21 regular season opener at the Wells Fargo Center.
Joel Farabi showed why he was named in the 2018 draft by saving a goal and three assists that would lead the Flyers to a fifth straight victory in the opener of the consecutive season, The Flyers. Vote above the opposition 24-13 in the last five openers.
James van Riemsdyk, Nolan Patrick, Michael Raffl, Travis Konecny and Kevin Hayes also scored.
If Flyers fans miss this, they have seven more matches with Pittsburgh to make up for.
Throughout the training camp, The Flyers showed their excitement in depth and what it could mean for their opportunities in deep, deep playoffs.
Until now, it hasn̵7;t been all talked about.
Twelve different flyers saved the spot on Wednesday and they ambushed the Penguins right after Pittsburgh tied for 3-3 games, which lasted just three minutes in the final match.
Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek finished with two assists together and that was fine.
Konecny and Hayes cool the game.
A lot of hilarity about the depth of the Flyers have resonated with Patrick’s return.
After missing out on last season entirely due to migraine, Patrick gave Flyers a 2-1 lead in the first period with a power play goal. It was the NHL’s first game in 650 days and it was his first goal since March 9, 2019.
Remembered that the 22-year-old felt good
Patrick won a tall eight-team encounter and played sharp in the first phase, resulting in the Flyers’ first power-play innings and goals.
• When trying to identify breakout candidates for Flyers this season, Farabee was near the top of the list.
Farabee gained valuable experience last year in a tumultuous new season for the 2018 preliminary round, he came to the camp to train stronger and more confident.
“He’s looking great, he’s gaining weight, he’s working his butt in training,” Giroux says.
The 20-year-old winger played the first four games of his career. He had no more than two points in the game last season.
His goal gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead during the second break. Farabee was a smart and strategic playmaker, knew how to complement others and could play on both special teams. But he can create drama too.
Carter Hart is not the best of him. He didn’t play well from the fold leading up to Crosby’s scoring second half. That’s one aspect of his game that continues: playing with the puck till it falls out of the crease.
He still managed to save 31 of 34.
• When The Flyers signed Oskar Lindblom on a new, $ 9 million three-year extension in July, General Manager Chuck Fletcher praised the 24-year-old winger for his “great team orientation”.
“It’s always about the team,” Fletcher said. “He’s always worried about people and he’s a crazy hockey player.”
At the second break, Lindblom had three blocked games. He grabbed the nasty one at the tail end of the third and walked to the bench in pain. By the time the timing was over, Lindblom was finally able to walk into the dressing room in her own power, with head coach Alain Vigneault and Flyers director Jim McCrossin, sports medicine director.
Lindblom, who deserves a moment of play in the game and is in the top six of the Flyers, returns for a third time. He ended up saving as he was surrounded by penguins as he fought in front of the net for Konecny’s goal.
• During the tour, Fletcher spoke about Erik Gustafsson’s ability to explore the ice.
The off-season acquisition proved Fletcher smart early with a pair of assisted power plays in the opening frame.
Gustafsson takes the offensive risk. (In the end, that’s his job) and he has to show up in the defense zone. But he can distribute the puck.
The Flyers ranked fourth in No. 52 in Power Play in the NHL’s 24 returning teams.
They were 2 for 2 during the first break on Wednesday.
• Farabee was not the only pilot to change his number. Mark Friedman, who originally wore the number 59, was changed to No. 3. He was a healthy man on Wednesday. But put ice to warm up
• Shayne Gostisbehere is unavailable due to the COVID protocol, more information on what this season means.
Flyers and Penguins return Friday at the Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET / NBCSP).
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