Flyers torch the Kraken 6-1; Officially welcome Seattle to the NHL
Coming off of a shootout loss to the Canucks on Friday, the Flyers responded in a huge way against the brand new Kraken team; winning 6-1. This game had everything you want as a Flyers fan from highlight reel goals to high intensity fights. The Giroux and Brassard lines really stood out in this one and were responsible for about 5 of the 6 goals. Tonight was also the homecoming of former Flyers head coach, Dave Hakstol.
Flyers rolling with the same lines vs. Kraken as they did on Friday— Olivia Reiner (@ReinerOlivia) October 18, 2021
The Kraken had more jump to start the first period and it seemed like the Flyers were coughing off more turnovers than Carson Wentz; until a gorgeous momentum shifting save by Carter Hart.
Carter Hart with an incredible save pic.twitter.com/h3silUjN8s— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) October 18, 2021
I’ve been saying it since the preseason, Claude Giroux looks refreshed and ready to go this season and he started this game burying a give-and-go play with Konecny.
Konecny followed that up with a goal of his own on a follow up rebound chance on Philip Grubauer. For all the flak he has taken going into this season, TK has started this season off looking like how he did in his 2019-20 All-Star season.
Travis Konecny is back pic.twitter.com/8DilNdUdEJ— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) October 18, 2021
The Farabee-Brassard-Atkinson line suffocates teams into making mistakes and they have the finishing power to truly burn you. All night in this game I saw them keeping plays alive, bullying players along the boards, and then burying the puck. Brassard made it 3-0 on a fortunate bounce and I expect this line to score a lot of “dirty but good” goals.
The floodgates remained open in the second period and the newcomers Derick Brassard and Ryan Ellis connected for a goal just 7 minutes in… you love to see that.
Ryan Ellis just scored his first goal as a Philadelphia Flyer. pic.twitter.com/mK6obsJ4j3— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) October 19, 2021
Just one minute following the goal James Van Riemsdyk found a crashing Justin Braun who got a squeaker by Grubauer, and in came Kraken back-up goalie Chris Dreidger.
It didn’t take long for the temperature to rise and the Kraken to show their frustration on the Flyers, but the Flyers responded every step of the way. Nick Seeler fought Jamie Olesiak in a spirited fight that ended with Seeler firing up the Philly crowd.
Nick Seeler, welcome to Philly.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) October 19, 2021
First scrap as a Flyer 👊 pic.twitter.com/5IkyXkVJCH
Seattle got a goal back, and the Flyers went into the third period up 5-1.
Seattle took a tripping minor just one minute into the period and the Flyers weren’t able to capitalize on the man advantage despite the nice movement. The Brassard line worked their magic again and Joel Farabee made it 6-1 finishing a rebound from Atkinson and Brassard.
Nate Thompson was given a game misconduct penalty for fighting and absolutely destroying Nick Bastian in front of the fans gladiator style.
The Flyers closed the game out 6-1 and Carter Hart saved 22 of 23 shots for the first win of the season. After Carter Hart made that huge save in the first the whole game changed, and the Flyers took control and dominated the Kraken. Welcome to the NHL Seattle.
- Konecny mentioned after the opener on Friday that while his line produced a couple goals, he didn’t like their game. Well, tonight they definitely delivered a response and looked sharp all game and created the first two goals.
- Carter Hart shifted the momentum completely and we needed that out of him after Friday.
- Farabee-Brassard-Atkinson must be so annoying to play against, and this is only the beginning.
- Nick Seeler did what some who fills in for Ristolainen should do, good on him.
- Love seeing that Dave Hakstol smug as the Flyers completely dismantled the Kraken.
- Ryan Ellis scoring a goal really had me excited.
Up next: Boston Bruins (TNT)
Mandatory Credit: Zack Hill/Philadelphia Flyers