Konecny scores hat trick, Flyers defeat Penguins to sweep two-game set

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PHILADELPHIA — Travis Konecny scored a hat trick for the Philadelphia Flyers in a 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Wells Fargo Center on Friday.

Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and James van Riemsdyk each had two assists, and Carter Hart made 31 saves for the Flyers, who outscored the Penguins 11-5 in two wins to start their season.

Sidney Crosby and Brandon Tanev each scored for the second straight game, and Casey DeSmith made 12 saves in relief of Tristan Jarry.

The Flyers scored on three of six shots against Jarry before the Penguins answered with two goals in 32 seconds during the first period.

Konecny put Philadelphia ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal at 7:27. After taking a pass from Claude Giroux, Voracek moved it to Konecny in the crease for a tap-in.

Konecny scored to make it 2-0 at 9:26 when his skate pushed the puck in after Nolan Patrick left it on Jarry’s pads.

Ivan Provorov made it 3-0 with a wrist shot at 11:30, when Jarry was pulled.

Jarry has allowed nine goals on 31 shots this season.

Crosby cut it to 3-1 with a power-play goal on a backhand at 12:59 before Tanev scored on a rebound off a shot from Jared McCann to make it 3-2 at 13:31.

Konecny, who also had an assist, scored again off his skate before falling into the left post when Kevin Hayes passed to him, extending it to 4-2 at 12:53 of the third period. It was Konecny’s first hat trick in 301 NHL games.

Oskar Lindblom scored an empty-net goal with 2:08 remaining for the 5-2 final.

Flyers forward Sean Couturier left with a shoulder injury after playing 45 seconds in the first period. Coach Alain Vigneault said Couturier will have an MRI on Saturday.

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