Worn by Joel Farabee, author of an inspired four-point performance, the Flyers won the first-ever National Hockey League (NHL) game of the season with a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins , Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Farabee, who is in his second NHL season, hit the mark with just over a minute to go in the second period. He had previously collected two assists in the first period when the home favorites took advantage of their first two chances on the power play.
The 20-year-old American is indeed an accomplice of the successes of James van Riemsdyk and Nolan Patrick. For Patrick, it was a first goal since March 9, 2019. The second overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft missed the entire 2019-20 season due to a headache problem. chronic.
Farabee also blackened the scoresheet when Kevin Hayes scored the insurance goal in the third period. Michael Raffl and Travis Konecny were the other two scorers in the victory. In his first game with the team, defender Erik Gustafsson also did well with two assists.
Bad exit from Jarry
However, it was Mark Jankowski who was the author of the very first net of this new season in the first period. The center player was also playing a first match with the club after accepting a one-year contract when the free agent market opened.
His captain Sidney Crosby also moved the ropes, taking advantage of a blunder by young goalkeeper Carter Hart behind his net. Hart, who was also foiled by Brandon Tanev, was put to the test 34 times in this meeting.
At the other end of the ice, Tristan Jarry had a difficult night, he who gave in six times on only 25 shots.
Penguins forward Kasperi Kapanen and Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere did not attend the meeting as they are currently following COVID-19 protocol.
The two teams meet again on Friday, again at the Wells Fargo Center.