Each of the Flyers’ first three contests of the 2011-2012 season was a bigger test than the last.
The journey began in Boston, defeating Tim Thomas and the defending Stanley Cup champions 2-1 in the season opener. It moved to New Jersey, where they dominated the Devils in a 3-1 victory.
Tonight, they finally got to show off their new look team in front of the home crowd at the Wells Fargo Center tonight, and they didn’t disappoint; defeating the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks 5-4 in an exciting contest.
The Flyers moved to 3-0 on the season for just the 11th time in franchise history, and the first time since the 2009-2010 campaign.
Claude Giroux opened up the scoring in this one, when a Chris Pronger dump in took a Flyers’ bounce and landed on Giroux’s stick in the slot. Giroux handled the puck and put it past Luongo just 7:14 into the first period, and he now has 3 goals in the sesason's first 3 games. Giroux returned the favor on the next goal when he set up Pronger for a one-timer on the power play that made its way to the back of the net.
James van Riemsdyk, Jakub Voracek, and Andrej Meszaros also scored for the Flyers, who allowed the Canucks to tie it up late in the third before Meszaros netted the eventual game winner.
Sean Couturier had a nice assist on Voracek's goal to record his first NHL point (video below).
Although he allowed four goals, starting goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was impressive once again between the pipes. He faced a total of 40 shots, 17 of which came in the third period, and was stellar when he needed to be to get the victory.
Claude Giroux's goal in the first period
Sean Couturier records his first NHL point
Andrej Meszaros' game-winning goal
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