Neuvirth makes 31 saves, B.Schenn scores winner as Flyers blank Panthers in home opener

Updated: October 12, 2015 at 11:58 pm by Brady Trettenero

Brayden Schenn scored  5:57 into the first period, while Michal Neuvirth stopped all 31 shots he faced in his Flyers debut, propelling Philadelphia to a 1-0 victory over the Florida Panthers in their home opener Monday evening at the Wells Fargo Center.

With the victory, former college coach Dave Haxstol has his first ever win at the NHL level.

Neuvirth stood on his head all game long, including helping the Flyers kill off a whopping six power-play opportunities from the Panthers.

The victory comes just two days after the Flyers were blown out by the Panthers 7-1 in Florida’s home opener.

Neuvirth got the call after it was announced Steve Mason would not play due to personal family matter.

The Czech goaltender was flashing the leather all game long, including making a few key saves in the final period, where he faced 14 shots from the Panthers.

The Flyers outshot Florida 33-31 on the night and were frustrated once again by the play of Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo, who made 32 saves.

Both Sam Gagner and Sean Couturier picked up their first points of the season in the victory, assisting on Schenn’s goal.

Gagner made a nice play to get the puck to the net, before Brayden Schenn jammed it home.

The Flyers built momentum after killing off a four-minute high-sticking penalty from Michael Raffl just 1:17 into the game.

The Flyers were energized all night, outhitting the Panthers 31-21.

The Flyers are now 1-1-1 to start the 2015-16 season.

Key Stats/ Takeaways

  • This was the third straight season the Flyers have started their home opener with a different coach. Peter Laviolette in 2013-14, Craig Berube in 2014-15, and Dave Haxstol in 2015-16
  • This was the Flyers’ first home-opening shutout since Oct. 9, 2003, when Jeff Hackett posted the 17-save shutout over the Sabres
  • Claude Giroux was held pointless, but he was a machine on the penalty kill and went 71% on faceoffs
  • Michael Raffl led all Flyers with six shots on goal
  • Radko Gudas made his Flyers debut, dishing out a punishing five hits and racking up four PIM. Fans are gonna love this guy. He also led all Flyers with four blocked shots
  • Wayne Simmonds was very involved despite logging just 8:41 of ice time. He picked up four PIM and fired two shots on goal. He was at the centerfold of some late first-period shenanigans. This is the second straight game he has gotten under 12:00 of ice time
  • Brayden Schenn had a very productive night, notching the lone goal, firing four shots on goal and dishing out five hits. He now has two goals in three games
  • This is the first time in four years the Flyers haven’t lost their first three games of the season

The Highlight Reel

(The best Flyers GIFS from the game)

Dave Haxstol or the next James Bond?

Brayden Schenn puts the Flyers up 1-0


Brotherly love


Angry Sean Couturier


Don’t mess with Wayne Simmonds


Radko Gudas levels Shawn Thornton


Bellemare decking Willie Mitchell


Luongo joining in on the rough stuff


Neuvirth doing work

Beautiful work with the glove

Neuvirth saving the day


Look how happy he is


The Flyers new goal song


(The best tweets sent out during the game)

That elite defense corpse


Boys are back

It’s lit



Flyers go up 1-0, time for a hot take


Pun game strong

That’s the spirit

It’s a win!

Capture This

(The best photos from the game)

Welcome home Jake

 (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

First goal at the Wells Fargo Center this season

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

It’s an ugly one

High-Fives all around

 (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Pregame introductions were very cool

(Photo by Steve Caplan/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Steve Caplan/NHLI via Getty Images)

Voracek going at it with Reilly Smith


Simmonds battling


Neuvirth saving the day

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Czech connection

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Next Up: Flyers vs. Blackhawks, Wednesday October 14, 2015, 8:00 pm, Wells Fargo Center

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