|PIT (105) @ Betamerica|
My 10* Game of the Week is on the Pit Penguins at 7:05 ET.
The Philadelphia Flyers opened their season with a 6-3 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, led by a four-point performance from Joel Farabee (one goal and three assists). It was their first season-opening win at home since 2003. The Penguins and Flyers took Thursday off but return to the ice tonight, again in Philadelphia. The Flyers lost to the Islanders in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, while Penguins lost early in the playoffs' qualifying round 3-1 to the Canadians.
The Penguins played well for stretches on Wednesday but after they tied the game at 3-3, the Flyers finished strong with THREE unanswered goals for the win. The Flyers scored twice on the power play, which was "good news" for head coach Alain Vigneault. Philadelphia was just 4 for 52 on the power play in last year's postseason, including 0 for 13 against the Islanders. While the scoreboard showed a three-goal loss, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Sullivan said, "I thought there was a lot to like about our game. "I don't think the score of the game was an indication of how it was played." Sidney Crosby scored once (he has scored 44 career goals against the Flyers, more than any other team). Free agent addition Mark Jankowski had a goal and an assist, contributing the entire game on both ends of the ice!
Teams playing two games in one city in back-to-back nights, or two games in three nights like this, will be common in this shortened 56-game season. EVERY game will be vital with the divisions realigned and I'm "all over" the Penguins to come back with a winning performance on Friday!