Not the ideal result Philly fans awaited for 100+ days.
In the shortened-season opener, Sid “the kid” and the Penguins hung on late to top the Flyers at a jumping Wells Fargo Center. The fast-moving, albeit sloppy grudge match opened the season in style.
In a game where the shot total stood identical at 27, the Penguins scored first. Less than 5 minutes in, Tyler Kennedy put one in the back of the net to give his team the early lead. 2:40 later, James Neal doubled up the advantage, and the Flyers stood 2-0 down.
As the 2nd period winded down, the Flyers took their chance. Claude Giroux tapped home a Scott Hartnell pocket-pass to the backpost, and the lead was cut to one.
The Flyers had chances to tie, including a powerplay in the final minute of the game. However, a questionable tripping call on Claude Giroux with 40 seconds left ended the Flyers hopes at a comeback. Chris Kunitz added an empty net goal, and the final score stood at 3-1.
The Flyers travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres Sunday at 12:30.