Flyers Spoil Kings’ Home Opener, Win Season Opener 4-2

Updated: October 15, 2016 at 3:06 am by Chris Everett

The Flyers opened up their 2016-2017 campaign with a tough test out in Los Angeles, where they looked to spoil the home opener of the Kings. Making their NHL debuts tonight were highly-touted rookies Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny, while Dale Weise and Boyd Gordon played their first games in the Orange and Black.

Michal Neuvirth got the nod in net tonight, as it seems Dave Hakstol will be using both goaltenders based on favorable matchups throughout the year. Jeff Zatkoff was between the pipes for LA.

The Kings came out firing in the first period, spending the majority of the first ten minutes in the Philadelphia zone. Mid-way through the first, LA had a commanding 7-0 lead in shots on goal, and 5-0 lead in scoring chances. The Flyers didn’t register a shot on goal until about seven minutes to go in the period. Their closest chance came on their first power play of the game when Zatkoff robbed Mark Streit with the glove on the doorstep after a beautiful cross-crease pass from Konecny. The first period finished scoreless, with the Kings outshooting the Flyers 10-4 after one.

The Flyers came out…well…flying in the second. It didn’t take long before, you guessed it, Boyd Gordon scored the first goal of the new season. Gordon took a pass in the slot from Nick Cousins coming down the wing, and launched a wrister over the glove of Zatkoff. Brandon Manning also picked up an assist on the goal at 3:55 of the 2nd.

Just 48 seconds later, Travis Konecny flipped a shot on net, where Sean Couturier was there to pick up the rebound and go forehand-backhand around Zatkoff to double the Flyers lead, and give Konecny his first NHL point.

Couturier and Konecny weren’t finished there, as Travis drove down the slot and fed a beautiful backhand pass through two King defensemen to Couturier, who one-timed a shot over the glove of Zatkoff to increase the Flyer lead to 3.

The good times kept rolling for the Flyers as Ivan Provorov fired a shot wide of the net that caromed to Mark Streit on the goal line, who banked it in off of the back of Zatkoff to make it 4-0.

The Kings answered however, with just over one minute left to play in the second period, as Drew Doughty took a pass from Anze Kopitar and fired a slap shot over the shoulder of Neuvirth, who was being well screened by Dwight King.

 

Los Angeles continued to chip away early in the 3rd period, as Brayden McNabb fired a slapshot from the point that deflected off the stick of Mark Streit and over the shoulder of Neuvirth, cutting the lead to 4-2.

That would be all the scoring in this one, as the Flyers would hang on to win the season opener for the first time in five years. Michal Neuvirth was solid in net, making 23 saves in his first career win vs. LA.

Philadelphia Flyers – 4 | Los Angeles Kings – 2

The win was a strong team outing from the Flyers, especially with the newly formed line of Travis Konecny, Sean Couturier and Jake Voracek. The three combined for two goals and three assists on the night, and were far and away the best line on the ice.

The Flyers will look to continue their strong start to the season Saturday night at 9pm (ET), as they quickly look to a matchup against the youthful Arizona Coyotes.

 

Scoring

1st Period

None

2nd Period

PHI  – Gordon (Cousins, Manning)

PHI – Couturier (1) (Konecny, Gostisbehere)

PHI – Couturier (2) (Konecny, Voracek)

PHI – Streit (Provorov, Cousins)

LA – Doughty (Kopitar)

3rd Period

LA – McNabb (Martinez, King)

 

 

 

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