The Philadelphia Flyers were looking to take their momentum from a successful west coast road trip this past weekend to start the season into the windy city as they faced off against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Dave Hakstol met with Jonathan Toews, a former player of his from North Dakota.
What had looked to be an exciting and interesting matchup didn’t start off that way.
Patrick Kane got the scoring started, taking the puck and depositing the wraparound, which barely snuck through Michal Neuvirth‘s save attempt on the opposite post.
Wayne Simmonds almost got the Flyers back in it just minutes later.
After a strong start to his NHL career, Ivan Provorov had his first bad game. It began with a brutal miscue, falling over his skates and allowing Dennis Rasmussen to take the puck and backhand it past Neuvirth.
Claude Giroux, who had three assists in the game, comforted his 19-year-old teammate up after a rough start to his third NHL game.
Chicago would tack on another goal to go up three. A beautiful set up from Brent Seabrook to Artemi Panarin on the power play gave the Russian an empty net to shoot at.
Simmonds and Dale Weise tried to get the Flyers back in it with their physical presence.
Chicago went up 4-0 after Marian Hossa notched his 500th-career goal.
Matt Read tried to get his teammates back in the game, putting home a puck.
He did a great job at reading the rebound and reacting to the bounce for a huge goal.
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Heading into the third period, the Flyers looked down and out facing a tough deficit. Hakstol had already pulled Neuvirth in exchange for Steve Mason and the boys had 20 minutes left to make it a game.
That’s exactly what they did.
Read took a beautiful feed from Giroux in front of the net to put the Flyers down two goals just 37 seconds into the final frame.
Then Sean Couturier finished off a nifty backhand on assists from Nick Schultz and Travis Konecny.
Less than two minutes later, the Flyers tied things up as Simmonds connected on the power play with a rebound goal in front.
It must’ve been hug Matt Read night because everyone wanted them some No.24.
Then a brutal turnover in the neutral zone lead to a 5-4 Chicago lead.
Mason did all he could as he made a huge save to keep it at a one-goal game.
But it wasn’t enough as Chicago would get another goal from Panarin and an empty-netter from Anisimov to seal the game, 7-4.
Philadelphia returns home with some positives despite a tough loss and will host the Anaheim Ducks for the home opener on Thursday night.
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