PHILADELPHIA– Joel Farabee had a goal and 3 assists, Michael Raffl, James van Riemsdyk and Nolan Patrick also scored to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday in the very first video game of the NHL season.

The non-traditional opener was chosen when Raffl scored from the slot and beat Tristan Jarry 5:37 into the third for a 4-3 lead and the only cheers for the go-ahead goal came from Flyers fans enjoying in the house.

The Flyers struck from there – Travis Konecny and Kevin Hayes scored 20 seconds apart to turn this one into a rout.

Mark Jankowski and Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins.

Crosby’s 44th goal against the Flyers, more than any other team in the league, in 71 games was one of his finest. Carter Hart attempted to clear the puck from behind the net and his lazy pass was batted down by Crosby and poked in an empty web to make it 2-2.

Jankowski, who scored simply 5 goals last season, scored the first among this season 5:12 into the game.

Erik Gustafsson needed to go for helps on two shots that seemed destined to find the back of the web in the first period. His very first slapper knocked off van Riemsdyk’s stick to tie it 1-1. Gusafsson’s next shot was deflected by Patrick with 7.8 seconds to make it 2-1.

MAPLE LEAFS 5, CANADIENS 4: Morgan Rielly scored at 3:24 of overtime to offer Toronto a win in the house.

Rielly took a feed from Toronto captain John Tavares on a two-on-one to beat Montreal goalie Carey Rate and end a chaotic extra duration where both groups had opportunities to get the victory.

William Nylander had 2 objectives and a help for Toronto, and Tavares added an objective and 2 helps. Jimmy Vesey chipped in with his very first goal for the Maple Leafs, and Frederik Andersen had 28 conserves.

Josh Anderson scored twice in his debut for Montreal.

LIGHTNING 5, BLACKHAWKS 1: Steven Stamkos had a goal and 2 assists in his go back to the lineup, and the protecting Stanley Cup champions opened the season with a triumph in the house.

The Lightning captain, who played just one video game in the playoffs, has points in 17 successive video games– consisting of 14 goals.

Brayden Point, Anthony Cirelli, Ondrej Palat and Mathieu Joseph likewise scored to help Tampa Bay win its seventh consecutive season opener. Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn each finished with two helps. Andrei Vasilevskiy had 23 conserves.

Dylan Strome scored for Chicago, and Malcolm Subban stopped 28 shots.

NOTES

PANTHERS: The Florida Panthers got goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky back, the two-time Vezina Trophy winner joining the club on the ice for the very first time considering that training school started.

Bobrovsky had been on the group’s “unsuited to play” list because camp started Jan. 3. That term covers anyone who didn’t take part in camp for any reason, whether it was injury or something associated to COVID-19 – either a favorable test or prospective direct exposure.

Whatever the reason, Bobrovsky is cleared now. He was on the ice well prior to the early morning practice began, going through some drills and technique work, then remained with teammates for the full-squad session.

Florida was arranged to begin the season in the house Thursday against Dallas, a two-game set that was postponed because destiny were dealing with a COVID-19 break out – 17 positive cases, requiring them to close their facility.

The Panthers’ opener has actually given that been pressed back to Sunday against Chicago, so Bobrovsky has a couple of more days to prepare and a decision will be made in part after the group sees how well he feels Thursday. If he can’t go Sunday, Florida would likely have Chris Driedger or Sam Montembeault in internet for the opener versus the Blackhawks.

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