Sean Couturier’s Successful Penalty Shot Helps Lift Flyers To Win In Home Opener
The Philadelphia Flyers came home to play in front of the Philadelphia crowd for the first time this season. The Flyers shut out the Canucks 2-0 in the home opener. Before returning to Broad Street the orange and black were on the road for their first two games of the season. The season opener was in Columbus, where the Flyers took care of business, winning 4-2. Unlike Columbus, the Flyers fell to former captain Claude Giroux and his Senators 5-2.
Although the Flyers are in a “New Era Of Orange,” the product on the ice must regain the fanbase’s trust. Over the past few seasons, Flyers hockey lost the edge and grit, and the fan base was not happy.
Surprisingly enough, forward Morgan Frost was a healthy scratch for the home opener. Bobby Brink, Emil Andrae, and Egor Zamula are among some of the younger Flyers to take the ice for the first time in Philadelphia. Zamula capitalized by scoring his first goal, giving the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Besides the players’ debut, Philadelphia also debuted a new but old goal horn song. After Zamula’s goal, “Ain’t Talkin ‘Bought Love” by Van Halen was blasting throughout the Wells Fargo Center.
Sean Couturier’s Return Since Injury
Notably, Sean Couturier made his home debut memorable since returning from injury. Couturier had his first penalty shot while in the NHL, giving Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. In unison, the fans chanted, “Coots.” The tenured forward stated after the game, “It felt great. They are the best fans in the league, especially when you win. It’s a lot of fun, and I just got to get those two points.”
Philadelphia went on to win the game 2-0, Couturier’s goal being the final one. Philadelphia is now 2-1-0 with 4 points. Travis Konecny has gained at least one point during all three games. He did receive a 10-minute major for fighting in the middle of the third period but has been showing his firey self on ice.
The team seems to have embraced the “New Era Of Orange” as players like Coutier, Hart, and Zaumla want to win. This is a lot different than the mindset everyone had last season, with less motivation early on. Immediately following the game, there was a roar in the locker room as Zamula received the dog mask. President Of Hockey Operations, Keith Jones, went to the locker room after the shutout win as the Flyers celebrated. The players enjoy his presence, which shows their respect towards him. Overall, a 2-0 shutout for the home opener was needed for the orange and black to start their season in front of the loyal fans.
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