PHILADELPHIA -- The last time the Flyers and Penguins met, Philadelphia torched Pittsburgh for 30 goals in six games en route to taking the team's first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series.
Eight months later, back in the building where the Penguins' season ended, they limited the Flyers to one goal and opened this season with a 3-1 victory at Wells Fargo Center.
The Penguins controlled the first period, limited the Flyers to six shots, three on a late power play.
At the other end, Kennedy opened the scoring with a power-play goal 4:40 into the game. Brandon Sutter, making his debut as the Penguins' new third-line center, beat Giroux on a faceoff in the Philadelphia end late in the man-advantage, with the puck going back to Matt Niskanen. He passed over to defense partner Paul Martin, who fired a shot from the right point that deflected off Kennedy past Bryzgalov.
Minutes later, another faceoff win led to the Penguins' second goal. Evgeni Malkin beat Sean Couturier on a draw in the right circle and kicked the puck behind him to Neal. He ripped a one-timer from the top of the circle that appeared to surprise Bryzgalov and it got past him at 7:20 to make it 2-0.
The Flyers got a goal back 23 seconds into the second period. Brayden Schenn sent Scott Hartnell on a breakout down the left side in the Pittsburgh end. He floated a perfect saucer pass through the slot to Giroux on the right post, and he jammed it past Fleury to make it 2-1.
The Flyers continued to push for most of the second period. Their best chance came with 8:30 left, when Giroux made a sensational move around Paul Martin on a rush into the Pittsburgh end, faking and dragging the puck past the Penguins defenseman. Giroux tried to get a shot on net, but the puck bounced across to Scott Hartnell, who couldn't get a clean shot and Fleury was able to cover the puck.
There were chances for the Flyers in the third on a pair of late power plays, to Deryk Engellend for interference at 14:27 and to Malkin for high-sticking at 17:33. The Flyers had a great chance during the first man-advantage when Hartnell took a pass from Giroux and nearly stuffed it under Fleury, but he made the save. The second advantage was short-circuited when Giroux was sent off for tripping with 1:02 remaining.
Kunitz's empty-net power-play goal with 11.2 seconds left closed the scoring.
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