Top 5 Flyers’ home openers of the past 20 years
For only the second time in the past eight seasons, the Flyers will begin their season at the Wells Fargo Center and it will be the first time in the presence of fans (last season’s home opener against Pittsburgh went without fans).
Expectations are hard to pin down for this year’s Flyers squad, but we might get some more clarity after Friday night’s home opener against Vancouver.
Home opener games are always a time of excitement as the Oranges and Blacks, usually with new faces, take to their home ice for the first time. Let’s take a look back at some of the best home openers of the past 20 years.
There are few better ways to get back on the ice than a resounding victory over a division rival.
The game was a one-to-one loss for the Flyers as they took a 2-1 lead late in the first period before continuing their progression into the second and third periods en route to an 8-2 final.
In his first game as a Flyer, Brian Elliott backed the Flyers with 21 saves on 23 shots. Meanwhile, Sean Couturier started his season off 76 points with two goals and an assist, Giroux scored 4 points and Wayne Simmonds scored his fifth goal in five games.
The Flyers also successfully frustrated Alex Ovechkin all night, holding him useless.
Although not technically their first home game as they were considered the home team in their first game of the season in the Czech Republic against Chicago, it was the first game in front of their home crowd and they did not disappoint, especially Carter Hart.
The 21-year-old goaltender put on a show in the Flyers’ first game at Wells Fargo Center that season, including a stoppage of the year at Taylor Hall en route to a 25-save shutout.
With goals from Ivan Provorov, Kevin Hayes, Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny, the Flyers beat the Devils 4-0 at the start of the 2019-20 season 2-0.
What turned out to be a magical season for the Flyers began with a comeback victory over the Capitals. Supported by a hat trick from Mike Richards and a four-assist performance from Matt Carle, the Flyers beat Alex Ovechkin (two goals) and the Capitals.
Led 5-4 at the end of the third, Scott Hartnell tied the score on the power play followed by a winner from Danny Brière after four minutes of overtime that brought the Flyers to 3-0 in the 2009-10 season.
A resounding victory against the Penguins will always be remembered by fans of the Flyers. As much as last season was to be forgotten, the Flyers’ pair of season opener against Pittsburgh were quite enjoyable.
With a game tied at 3 early in the third period, the Flyers snatched three straight goals from Raffl, Lindblom and Hayes. This match also saw a fine performance from Joel Farabee with one goal and three assists.
Sidney Crosby scored as usual, but the Flyers have started their season on the right foot (although the rest have been pretty forgetful).
The night the Flyers hoisted their 2009-10 Eastern Conference Championship banner, they faced the Avalanche and sent the Flyers fans home with an exciting victory.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the first, Colorado hit back with goals from Brandon Yip and Milan Hejduk before Jeff Carter scored with less than 3 minutes left in the third to put the Flyers ahead. Darrell Powe added a goal into an empty net a minute later to give the Flyers a 4-2 lead.
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