The Flyers seem to have not missed a beat. They ended the regular season as the hottest team in the league and open it with a win over the President’s Trophy-winning Boston Bruins.
The Flyers managed to shut down the team with the most points in the league from the top down. The first line of Giroux-Couturier-Vorachek was able to shut down the so-called “perfect line” of Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak which takes a big bite out of Boston’s offense. Now with the Flyers top line busy, the scoring got picked up by some of the Flyers depth.
Michael Raffl opened the scoring in the 2nd period with a nice set up from Travis Sanheim. Sanheim found Raffl low in the zone behind the defense and Raffl didn’t miss from in close. A few minutes later Raffl slipped a pass to Nate Thompson who rockets a shot over the shoulder for the 2-0 lead.
A Chris Wagner tally would halve the lead, but then 8 seconds later Phil Myers laser the puck top corner to pull the Flyers back to a two-goal lead. Scott Laughton provided an insurance marker later in the game and continues his hot streak.
Carter Hart was great the whole game, but especially in the first period. He made 12 stops as the Flyers needed a bit of time to catch up to Boston. Once they did though Boston was no match for the Flyers that afternoon. Hart was a puck off of Robert Hagg’s skate away from a shutout in his opening playoff game.
You can see the full highlight reel below.
Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for the Flyers to experience their first injury of the playoff bubble. Raffl went into the boards awkwardly on a play in which his legs got tangled with a Penguins player. With the NHL putting out a gag order on injuries currently, we don’t know how serious or how long he’ll be out, but we do know that Joel Farabee will make his playoff debut in the Flyers next game.
That will be against the Capitals on Thursday, August 6th.