June 5, 2023

Flyers crush Kraken in first win of season


Photo by Heather Barry

After a frustrating season opening loss, the Flyers more than made up for it with a dominating 6-1 win in their first matchup against the Seattle Kraken.

Flyers get their first win of the season as they advance to 1-0-1 on the year.

Period 1

Claude Giroux won the opening faceoff to kick off the first ever game between the Flyers and the Kraken.

Carter Hart had an absolutely amazing save on Jordan Eberle at 9:14. He rejected one shot, then dove to his left and made an incredible stop. And it ended up changing the game, in the Flyers’ favor.

Right after, Claude Giroux absolutely blasted one by Seattle goaltender Philipp Grubauer to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead.

Travis Konecny made it a 2-0 game at 12:12. He buried home his own rebound, and looked like his 2019-20 self again.

Flyers’ first line was all over the ice. On Friday, after the first period, it seemed they had the puck a lot but rarely did anything with it beyond distance shots. Tonight, that it’s the opposite.

At 14:36 it was Derick Brassard gets a lucky bounce, and suddenly it was 3-0. It was his first goal as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. Everything was going the Flyers’ way in this first period.

Cross-checking penalty on Adam Larsson with 15.2 left in the period. Flyers had 1:45 left of a power play to start the second period.

Not much to complain about with for the Flyers in the first period. Seattle got some dangerous early chances, but Hart made a few monster saves, and shortly after, the Flyers completely took over. Full team effort to secure this 3-0 lead. Now they have 40 minutes to protect it. Flyers started out the period down 6-4 in shots on goal. They led 12-2 the rest of the way. They finished leading in shots 16-8. The Hart save on Eberle quickly followed by Giroux’s goal really turned that period. The Flyers were outhit 12-10 by the Kraken in the first period, so they had to pick that up, but that’s it.

Period 2

Sean Couturier won the opening faceoff to begin the middle period.

Seattle easily killed the remaining 1:45 of the cross-checking penalty.

Flyers nearly make it 4-0 but Grubauer made a great save on Laughton on the odd-man rush and the Flyers couldn’t capitalize after Giordano accidentally took his own goalie out. Those seven words really described how the night is going for Seattle: “Giordano accidentally took his own goalie out”.

Interference penalty on Nick Seeler at 3:57. Seattle went to their first power play of the night. Philadelphia had a pretty aggressive penalty kill as the Kraken’s power play didn’t have much going on.

Ryan Ellis took a feed from Brassard at 7:10 and absolutely buried it to make it 4-0. It’s Ellis’ first as a Flyer. This could turn into a laugher.

The Flyers end up with a 2-on-0 at 2:49 and Justin Braun scores to make it 5-0. How about it!

Right before the faceoff after the goal, Giroux and Nathan Bastian got in a little scrum. Everyone went over, and not much happened. The penalties out of the scrum went to Bastian for roughing and Giroux for cross-checking. 4-on-4 for two minutes, and not much happened in those two minutes.

Nick Seeler droped the gloves with Jamie Oleksiak. He took a few good licks, but Oleksiak ultimately won because he’s a huge human being. Good for Seeler. Meanwhile, bad penalty by Nicolas Aube-Kubel in the offensive zone and the Flyers will go back to the PK. Flyers got another kill. They’ve been great on the PK tonight.

The Kraken finally scored at 17:14. A bouncing puck in front of the net was put home by Soucy. The Flyers still lead 5-1.

Konecny was called for tripping with 1:29 left. Seattle to their third PP, and 1:29 seconds will carry over to the third period.

The second period came to an end, and the Flyers lead 5-1 and outshoot the Kraken 21-16 through two periods. Philadelphia had a big lead and played a physical game, but most importantly the penalty kill has killed off both Kraken PPs so far and the first 1:29 of the second as well.

Period 3

Flyers killed the Aube-Kubel penalty easily.

Joel Farabee got the Flyers to the six-goal mark at 5:25. Cam Atkinson did what he does as he just shot from anywhere, and Farabee picked it up off the rebound and scored.

This line was buzzing all night long.

At 9:11, Nate Thompson absolutely clobbered Nathan Bastian.

I’m surprised the officials let the fight go on as long as they did. Bastian was just holding on for dear life. And I mean my goodness, Thompson beat the living crap out of him. They both got five minute fighting penalties and 10 minutes misconduct penalties.

Tripping penalty on Max Willman with 1:40 left. It wouldn’t matter because the Flyers won 6-1.

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