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Travis Konecny’s hat trick freezes Penguins, Flyers win second straight

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Konecny led the Philadelphia Flyers in goals last season, and he picked up right where he left off on Friday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Konecny recorded his first career hat trick in the National Hockey League as the Flyers thumped the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 at the Wells Fargo Center. Alain Vigneault’s team made it back-to-back wins over the Penguins to start the season on a high note. The only blemish on the victory was Sean Couturier’s exit in the first period, and the veteran center did not return due to a shoulder injury.

It was a fast start for the Orange and Black who continued to excel on the power play. Ivan Provorov’s cross-ice pass to Jakub Voracek was immediately thrown in front of the goal as Konecny scored past Casey DeSmith. It was Konecny’s first goal of the new season after totaling 25 in the 2019-20 regular season.

Konecny was at it again not long after as he slammed away a rebound in front of goal to double the Flyers lead. Nolan Patrick and Voracek worked hard to set up the goal, before Konecny arrived on the scene to slam home.

Ivan Provorov capped off a good first period for the Flyers offense as he roofed a shot top-shelf. Voracek’s pass from inside of the zone hit a streaking Provorov before the young defender tallied his first goal of the season.

Sidney Crosby and Brandon Tanev each scored their second goals of the season in quick succession later in the period, but it was the closest the Penguins would come to tying things up.

Konecny completed his hat trick with 7:07 to play in the third period, getting to the front of the net and redirecting Kevin Hayes’ shot past DeSmith. It was another strong counterattack by the Flyers who pulled away and added a fifth goal of the night as a consolation.

Oskar Lindblom tapped into an empty net with 2:08 remaining to ice the home win for the Flyers.

Despite being outshot for the second-straight game, the Flyers made it 11 goals scored offensive in the opening 120 minutes of hockey.

The team continues its four-game homestand on Monday night against Buffalo.


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