By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
The Flyers finally head home to play in front of the Philly faithful for the first time during the 2018-19 season. Can the Flyers shake off the opening night jitters as both teams are looking to rebound from previous losses.
First period: The Flyers opened the game with about four minutes of sustained pressure in the offensive zone. That wouldn’t last however, as Couture scored on a two-on-one to give the Sharks the early lead. Just 11 seconds later Pavelski would score after a turnover. After the teams exchanged penalties, Pavelski would be awarded his second goal of the night after a review showed the puck crossed to goal line on what originally looked like a glove save by Elliott. The Sharks kept piling on as Kane scored on a powerplay while Vorobyev was in the box for hooking.
Second period: The second period started with a back and fourth affair. That would change as the Flyers capitalized on a Donskoi penalty. Gostisbehere blasted a shot from the point after Giroux dug the puck out from a scramble in front of the net. The rest of the period was filled with penalties from both sides but the Flyers short-lived comeback would be halted as Kane scored as their powerplay expired, ending the second period 5-1.
Third period: The nightmare would continue into the third as the Sharks scored another trio of goals, a powerplay goal by Hertl, evenstrength by Meier, and a shorty by Goodrow. Simmonds ended the game with a powerplay goal, but it was a lost cause as they lost 8-2.
Takeaways: What a disaster. the lone bright spot through the game was the play of Scott Laughton, who looked great on the penalty kill. luckily there isn’t a whole lot of time to dwell on the loss as they play the Senators tomorrow night.
Three stars of the game:
3) Aaron Dell
2) Joe Pavelski
1) Kevin Labanc
SJS: Pavelski (Labanc, Vlasic)
SJS: Pavelski (Labanc)
SJS: Kane (Braun, Donskoi)
PHI: Gostisbehere (Giroux, Simmonds)
SJS: Kane (Vlasic, Labanc)
SJS: Hertl (Karlsson, Burns)
SJS: Meier (Labanc, Karlsson)
SJS: Goodrow (Sorensen)
PHI: Simmonds (Voracek, Giroux)
photo credit: Insidehockey.com