The day finally arrived: the Philadelphia Flyers opened the season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The setting was ferocious, the fans were ecstatic and finally the puck was dropped.
And in a blink, the Pens were up 2-0. Pittsburgh dominated the first period, while the Flyers played rusty and sloppy at times.
To make matters worse, according to ESPN, Philly had three power plays in the first period, but were unable to put the puck in the net. Things were not looking optimistic.
Yet falling behind early is no surprise to the club, who thrived in comeback victories last season (according to Yahoo! Sports).
On cue, the second period was underway and Flyers showed signs of life. The new Flyers' captain, Claude Giroux, scored 0:23 seconds into the period off a laser accurate pass from teammate Scott Hartnell. Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov played much better after the two early goals.
The Wells Fargo Center crowd could foresee another comeback victory.
The Pens held on to their 2-1 lead entering the third period, as both teams were playing much cleaner hockey. Anyone could win this game.
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