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POSTGAME 5: Open Season

Flyers double up Kings in season opener with big games from rookies

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

1. HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
Sean Couturier scored a pair of goals, both of which were set up by Travis Konecny, to boost a four-goal second period that led to a 4-2 win. The Kings outshot the Flyers 8-0 in the first 13:08 of the game, but the Flyers exploded for 21 shots and four goals in the second period… Ivan Provorov provided the primary assist, recording his first NHL point on the fourth goal by Mark Streit. Drew Doughty tallied 49 seconds later to make it 4-1, and Brayden McNabb then pulled the Kings within a pair 3:01 into the third, but that closed out the scoring. Michal Neuvirth took the win with 23 saves, while Jeff Zatkoff stopped 26 of 30 in the loss.

2. THE TURNING POINT
A 48 seconds span between the first and second Flyers goals helped guide the Flyers to victory. Boyd Gordon scored his first goal as a Flyer 3:55 into the frame and was followed by Couturier's first of the night. The pair of goals sent the Kings back on their heels and the Flyers tacked on two more to get out to an insurmountable four-goal lead.

3. THE THREE STARS

1 - Sean Couturier: Recorded his third career two-goal game and first since December of 2013… He scored his two goals on his only two shots, appearing in 17:51 of ice time.

2 - Travis Konecny: Playing in his first NHL game, the 19-year-old recorded a pair of primary assists, setting up Couturier on both of his goals. He logged 13:08 of ice time in his debut.

3 - Drew Doughty: Played the most minutes of anyone in the game (27:15) and had four shots on net, recording one of the two Kings goals in the loss.

4. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
The Flyers won their season opener for the first time since 2011, when they topped Boston 2-1 at TD Garden. That was also the last time they won their road opener. They had been 0-3-1 in both circumstances over the past four seasons… Per the Elias Sports Bureau, with his two assists, Travis Konecny became the first Flyer to post a multi-point NHL debut since David Laliberte recorded a goal and an assist in his debut on October 31, 2009 vs. Carolina… Also per Elias, the last time the Flyers scored four goals in a period during a season opener was October 4, 2001 when they posted four goals in the third period of a 5-2 home win over Florida… Provorov played 20:18 in his debut and recorded four hits and two blocked shots in addition to his assist.
 
5. THEY SAID IT

"We felt like, coming out of the first period, that we had started to skate and started to play a bit better and do a few more things positively with the puck. The play on the first goal was patience, which was a good play for us, and we carried it through from there."
- Dave Hakstol

"You expect the best; it's the best league in the world. The LA Kings are a hard team to play against and I thought we played well as a team and that's why we got the win."
- Ivan Provorov

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