Flyers defeat Penguins in first NHL regular-season game since March


PHILADELPHIA — Joel Farabee had a goal and three assists, and the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 in the NHL season opener at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.

Nolan Patrick scored his first goal in 22 months, and Michael Raffl, Travis Konecny and Kevin Hayes scored in a three-goal third period for Philadelphia. Carter Hart made 31 saves.

Mark Jankowski and Brandon Tanev each had a goal and an assist, and Sidney Crosby scored for Pittsburgh. Tristan Jarry made 19 saves.

Video: PIT@PHI: Crosby nets PPG on Hart turnover

It was the first NHL regular-season game in 308 days. Last season was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

Tanev’s goal at 3:01 of the third tied it 3-3, but Raffl scored from the slot at 5:37 to put the Flyers ahead 4-3.

Konecny scored made it 5-3 at 12:14, and Hayes made it 6-3 on the rebound of a Farabee shot at 12:34.

Jankowski gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead at 5:12 of the first period. A video review showed the puck crossed the goal line.

James van Riemsdyk tied it 1-1 for the Flyers with a power-play goal when he redirected a shot by Erik Gustafsson.

Patrick put Philadelphia ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal at 19:52 of the first with a deflection of Gustafsson’s point shot. It was Patrick’s first goal since March 9, 2019; he did not play last season because of a migraine disorder.

Crosby tied it 2-2 with a power-play goal at 3:39 of the second after knocking down Hart’s clearing attempt.

Farabee gave the Flyers a 3-2 lead with 1:06 remaining in the second.

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