Game one is over, and it was a fun one!
The Philadelphia Flyer blow out the Pittsburgh Penguins in game one of the 2021 season.
This was the best Flyers game in a long time. The whole team played well together. There were somethings that stood out more than others. Here are three takeaways from Wednesday night’s blowout.
Joel Farabee changed his number this offseason from 48 to 86, and it looks like it changed everything. Farabee scored one goal and three assists. He earned himself number one star of the game. It just seemed like Farabee was in every play. Last season, you knew Farabee was there, but now he pops out. The young left winger is in his second year with the team and has improved a lot. Farabee is on track to have 224 points in a 56-game season after Wednesday night’s performance. Now obviously it’s very unlikely this would happen, but who knows?
The Flyers had three power plays, and they scored goals on two of them. The Flyers were fantastic on the power play. Both goals came in the first period. The first was scored by James van Riemsdyk, the second by Nolan Patrick.
The Flyers haven’t had a good power play in a long time. Sot this is obviously a very good sign.
The Flyers scored six goals, that’s right SIX! The first goal was scored by James van Riemsdyk, a nice tap in on the Gustafsson slap shot. The second was by Nolan Patrick, his first goal since April of 2019. Patrick also got his in the net off a Gustafsson slap shot. The goal was originally given to Gustafsson, but was later changed to Patrick as he tipped it in. In the second period Joel Farabee scored on a tap in right next to the net. In the third there were three goals! The first one on an insane play by the Flyers as Laughton set up the goal by Michael Raffl. The next two goals were scored in a matter of 20 seconds! Travis Konecny right outside of a scuffle in front of the net .(UPDATE) Travis Konecney’s goal has been changed and credited towards Oskar Lindblom. Lindblom just finished beating cancer and has scored in the game of the next season20 seconds later, Kevin Hayes slid one right passed Penguins starting goaltender Tristan Jarry for the Flyers’ sixth goal.
Next one up for the Flyers will be Friday, Jan. 15th at 7:00 P.M. E.S.T. at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.
A fun night to watch the Flyers on Wednesday night. The Flyers won’t just be good this season, they’re going to be fun.