Matt Read and Brayden Schenn score, as Flyers get point in 3-2 OT loss to Lightning in thrilling season opener

Updated: October 9, 2015 at 12:06 am by Brady Trettenero

Two penalty shots. Zero goals.

The Flyers got goals from Matt Read and Brayden Schenn in their season opener, but couldn’t convert on two penalty shot opportunities, ultimately leading to a 3-2 defeat in OT to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena Thursday evening.

Jason Garrison scored twice for the Lightning, including in OT, where he sprung in on Steve Mason during the frantic 3-on-3 session and slid the puck between the goaltender’s legs.

Mason stopped 29 of 32 shots for the Flyers, who were outshot 32-35 on the night.

Claude Giroux and Scott Laughton were both given penalty shot opportunities in the game, but were both denied by Ben Bishop, who made  23 saves.

Key Stats/ Takeaways

  • The Flyers fired 25 shots on goal against last season’s best team in the Eastern Conference…and took them to overtime. In their home building. That’s a great start to the season on the road
  • Claude Giroux received his first ever NHL penalty shot in the first period. He had yet to be handed a penalty shot in his first 496 career NHL games
  • R.J Umberger had two assists in the second period. He had just 15 points all of last season
  • Michael Del Zotto led all Flyers with 23:18 of ice time
  • Just as he did all preseason, Medvedev was involved in the offense Thursday, firing a puck on net on the power play that led to the Umberger goal
  • Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek were held pointless, but they combined for six shots on goal. Giroux logged over 20 minutes of ice time
  • There were eight shots on goal in the 3-on-3 OT before Garrison found twine. Exciting and entertaining hockey


(The best tweets sent out during the game)

Ricky Leedee liking what he’s seeing from the Flyers early on

Bolts go up 1-0

Unlikely duo combing to score the Flyers second goal

RJ Umberger impressed lots of people in his first game of the season


Brayden Schenn a determined man in season opener



They got a point, that’s what matters

The Highlight Reel

(The best Flyers GIFS from the game)

Matt Read scores the Flyers first goal of the season


Claude Giroux comes so close on the penalty shot


Brayden Schenn puts the Flyers up 2-1


Steve Mason with several huge stops in the 3-on-3 overtime



Laughton can’t convert the penalty shot in OT

Capture This

(The best photos from the game)

The Tampa Bay Lightning salute the fans before their home opener against Philadelphia

 (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Claude Giroux reacts to missing on the penalty shot


Brayden Schenn celebrates his goal

(Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Steve Mason denying Ondrej Palat on a breakaway


(Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

RJ Umberger getting back on track

(Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

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