The Philadelphia Flyers just got the best kind of revenge. After losing 7-1 in Florida's home opener on Saturday, they took advantage of their opportunity for immediate revenge with a 1-0 shutout win over the Panthers tonight.
The victory was the first of the season for the Orange and Black who improve to a 1-1-1 record on the season. Michal Neuvirth, who was outstanding, made 31 saves in the shutout win tonight in his first start of the season other Flyers.
After the leaders of the Flyers called a players only meeting following the ugly loss on Saturday, they needed a big comeback tonight, no matter who the opponent was. And that's exactly what they got. Tonight's win was a full team, full 60 minute effort. The Flyers outshot, outhit, blocked more shots and ultimately out scored their opponent giving new head coach Dave Hakstol a well deserved first career victory.
Philadelphia got off to a shaky start when Michael Raffl took a four minute double minor less than two minutes into the game. Instead of folding, the Flyers stood tall and came out unscathed, killing all four minutes garnering all the momentum. Less than 40 seconds later, Brayden Schenn put the Flyers in the lead burying a rebound from Sam Gagner, who suited up for his first game as a Flyer. The goal was Schenn's second of the season.
The penalty kill saved the Flyers tonight as they were forced to kill six man-disadvantages, four coming in the opening period. After allowing four PowerPlay goals against in the first two games (three for Florida on Saturday), the Flyers went a perfect 6 for 6 tonight.
1) Coach Dave Hakstol earned his first career NHL win.
2) Steve Mason didn't suit up for the Flyers due to personal reasons. His father is having medical issues.
3) Michal Neuvirth started tonight's game in Mason's absence earnig his first start, first win and first shutout as a member of the Flyers.
4) Sam Gagner replaced RJ Umberger who is out with an upper body injury. Gagner picked up his first point (assist) of the season and as a member of the Orange and Black while taking 3 shots in 14:56 minutes in his Flyers debut.
5) Radko Gudas skated in his Flyers debut tonight as well replacing the healthily scratched Luke Schenn. Gudas was a +1 took one shot in 16:40 minutes.
6) Jake Voracek has gone pointless in his first three games. All last season, he never went three games without a point.
7) The Flyers won their first home opener in four years.
Coach Dave Hakstol:
"It comes down to the players going out and playing a high intensity [game], making plays. There was good pace to the game. It took all 60 minutes but it was a good win for our team."
"The reason for our [players only] meeting was our path. It was to get everyone to relax and not hit the panic button.
On Hakstol earning his first win:
"The guys are pretty happy for him. Anytime our coach gets his first win it's special."
"I think the last game helped me a lot. I was feeling good the whole day and it was a great team effort. I just played my game but it wasn't just my shutout it was the whole team."
On his first assist as a Flyer:
"We were trying to play with a lot of pace and get pucks on net and we got rewarded with the goal. It's a nice feeling."
On Neuvirth's play:
"He was awesome. He was a big reason why we won."
Drop The Puck:
On Wednesday, the Flyers will honor Kimmo Timonen when they host the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.