The Philadelphia Flyers had a solid period or two in Nashville, but a late game push by the Predators was more than enough. The Flyers ultimately fell 6-5 to the Predators after late penalties and a failed challenge in the final minutes.
The boys were ready to go in Nashville.
Ivan Provorov was gearing up for another home opener.
Travis Konecny made sure to wake up Dale Weise prior to the game.
Brian Elliott made a huge save early to keep it scoreless.
Viktor Arvidsson blew right by Andrew MacDonald, but Elliott stoned him.
Claude Giroux took a slashing penalty…
…and the Predators converted to take a 1-0 lead.
But the Flyers went on the offensive
Travis Sanheim looked confident throughout the game. He made a nice play to get a shot off here.
Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux played give-and-go to get a shot off.
Even Valtteri Filppula was getting in on the action.
Wayne Simmonds got into it in front of the net late in the first.
“You cannot fight Wayne Simmonds” -PK Subban to Ryan Johansen, probably.
The Flyers trailed 1-0 after one period of play.
Ivan Provorov went coast to coast early in the second period for a scoring chance.
But then the Predators struck again. Our old friend Scott Hartnell benefited from a bad sequence by MacDonald and Elliott.
Travis Konecny tried to get the boys back into it.
But it didn’t work just yet. The Predators took a 3-0 lead here.
Then the tide turned.
Scott Laughton fed Andrew MacDonald at the point and the defenseman started the comeback.
16 seconds later it was Nolan Patrick’s turn. He crashed the net for his first NHL goal.
A great finish.
Celly hard, kid. You deserve it.
All the love for Patrick.
Then the power play went to work.
Valtteri Filppula scored on the rebound to tie the game at three.
Oh yeah, Simmonds’ power-play hug is a staple.
The Flyers and Predators were tied at three after two periods of play.
Robert Hagg came up with a big shot block early in the period.
Then Travis Konecny gave the Flyers the lead with his speed.
What a snipe!
Then Claude Giroux fed Valtteri Filppula for his second power-play goal of the night!
Look at that sauce.
But the two-goal lead was short-lived.
Filip Forsberg beat Elliott to make it a 5-4 game.
And they were just getting started.
Dale Weise and Andrew MacDonald each picked up penalties and the Predators went on a 5-on-3.
Hartnell scored to tie it.
The Flyers challenged for offside, but it was confirmed after review.
Hakstol and Giroux said it all.
Then Forsberg buried the game-winner.
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