Farabee’s 4 point night helps Flyers defeat Penguins in season opener

It’s been a long time but Flyers hockey is finally back. The Flyers opened the 2020-21 against their state rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Flyers had a pretty quiet offseason with their only signing being left-handed defenseman Erik Gustafsson. 5:12 into the game the Penguins opened the scoring with their free agency pick up Mark Jankowski. At first, it had seemed that the puck had not crossed the line but after other camera angles the referees ruled it a goal. 10 minutes after the Penguins scored the first goal of the new season the Flyers strike with a powerplay tally scored by James Van Riemsdyk. The point shot from Gustafsson was deflected in front by JVR. That was the first of 2 powerplay goals the Flyers scored as they went an impressive 2/3 on the man advantage. In the dying seconds of the opening period Nolan Patrick scored a goal similar to the first one, shot by Gustafsson deflected by Patrick this time. Nolan Patrick missed the entirety of the 2019-20 with migrain problems.

Almost 4 minutes into the 2nd period Carter Hart left his net to go handle the puck. As he tried to pass it down the ice Sidney Crosby put his hand-eye coordnation on display as he deflects the puck out of the air and tapped it in the Flyer goal to tie the game. Late in the period Joel Farabee picks up his 3rd point of the night as he scores off the pass from Hayes. Going into the 2nd intermission the Flyers lead 3-2.

The Penguins open the period scoring with yet another early goal. This time Brandon Tanev the culprit. Minutes later after Nicolas Aube-Kubel missed a chance in front Scott Laughton found a darting Michael Raffl who puts it home to put the Flyers right back in front. Later in the final frame the Flyers took advantage of Pittsburgh’s sloppy play as Sean Couturier recuperated a puck in the defensive zone and centered it for Oskar Lindblom. Lindblom couldn’t bury it but Travis Konecny capitalized on a puck in the slot and quickly put it passed Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry. Konecny’s goal was later awarded to Lindblom, who scored his first goal after defeating cancer. Just seconds later the Flyers break the game wide open as Hayes scores off the assists of Farabee and captain Claude Giroux.

The Philadelphia Flyers will face the Penguins again Friday at 7PM ET. It will be their second game of the shortened 56 game season that the NHL has put into place. The game will be played at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia.

Flyers vs Canadiens Round 1 Recap

The Flyers have defeated the MontrĂ©al Canadiens in 6 games as they advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. For the most part of the series, the flyers were struggling early on and had to find a rythm and ended up finding it. In game 1 the flyers scored early has Jakub Voracek deflected a shot from Ivan Provorov on the powerplay to open the series scoring. Weber answered back in the second period as Farabee went on and scored the game winner sixteen seconds later. Game 2 was one to forget for Philadelphia as they lost 5-0 with goals from, Tatar (2), Kotkaniemi (2) and Armia. Post game Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault stated, ” I saw toward the end of the game there, where Kirk Muller, they’ve got a 5-0 lead and he puts his No. 1 powerplay on the ice. We had embarrassed ourselves enough, I don’t think we needed to get embarrassed more. I’m gonna make sure my team is very aware of that next game.” The flyers bounced back in game 3 as they win 1-0 with a goal from Voracek only 5:21 into the game. Carter Hart stood tall and secured the shutout. In game 4 we relive the Carter Hart greatness as he gets a 29 save shutout as he picks up his second in 2 games. The goals came from Raffl and Myers. Game 5 Montreal was on brink of elimination. Coming into this one it seemed that Hart was unbeatable but the Habs show us otherwise as they defeat the Flyers 5-3 in a game full of penalties. The Flyers picked up 2 double-minors and the Canadiens pick up a 5 minute major as Jesperi Kotkaniemi layed a dirty hit on Flyers defensemen Travis Sanheim. Late in the third Matt Niskanen cross checked Brendan Gallagher in the mouth and did not get awarded a penalty. Later on, though, Niskanen got a 1 game suspension and Gallagher suffered a broken jaw. In game 6 the Flyers were on fire in the first 5 minutes taking an early 2-0 lead with goals from Provorov and Hayes. The Flyers ended up taking the game 3-2 and winning the series. Although the Flyers won the series their Powerplay was awful and need to improve before they face the Islanders in game 1 Monday at 7PM EST.