Nolan Patrick was ready to go in his NHL debut.
He had a pretty good first shift, getting a shot off for a scoring chance.
Brian Elliott was also making his Flyers debut, and he got bailed out early.
Travis Konecny got an early scoring chance, but his shot rang off iron.
Elliott continued to make big saves, this time with his glove.
Claude Giroux opened the scoring for the Flyers. It was a great play by the whole line.
Sean Couturier forced the puck up the boards, then Jake Voracek found Giroux for the 1-0 lead!
The first celly of many on the season.
Konecny and Jordan Weal then combined to make it 2-0 Flyers!
Unfortunately the Sharks got them right back, however.
Kevin Labanc batted the puck out of midair to make it 2-1.
Then he kept in Dale Weise’s clearing attempt and scored a power-play goal to tie it at two.
The Flyers and Sharks were tied at two after one period of play.
Andrew MacDonald had time and space in the offensive zone, but threw it to nobody in the corner.
Weise continued his iffy night with a turnover at the blue line.
Wayne Simmonds forced a turnover on the penalty kill to give Sean Couturier a great chance in front.
But Martin Jones stoned him.
The Flyers re-took the lead a bit later, though.
Wayne Simmonds tipped home Shayne Gostisbehere’s point shot for the 3-2 lead.
It was his first of a few on the night.
Simmonds was explaining how to hockey to Dale Weise on the bench.
Elliott made a huge glove save late in the period to keep the Flyers up 3-2.
And the Flyers held that 3-2 lead into the third period.
Travis Konecny took an early penalty.
And the Sharks converted. Again. Well, Andrew MacDonald converted.
Sean Couturier had a solid game and threw his weight around here in the corner.
Simmonds then struck for the second time, this one from a Jake Voracek point shot to take the lead once again.
Celly hard, boys.
Taylor Leier had a great night on the fourth line and set up Scott Laughton for a great chance here.
Nolan Patrick sent a sweet sauce pass in front of the net to Simmonds, but the Sharks were all over it. Still, a great pass from Patrick.
Simmonds then fed Jordan Weal for a great chance in front, but Jones stood tall.
Joe Pavelski and Radko Gudas then took penalties to make it 4-on-4 in the final minute of the game.
And Wayne Simmonds capped off his hat trick with an empty-netter.
All smiles from Simmer.
Look how happy he is.
Brian Elliott made 32 saves for a win in his Flyers debut!
It was a fantastic way to open the season for the Orange and Black. They’ll get right back at in on Thursday night in Los Angeles against the Kings.
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