Travis Konecny scored his first career hat trick Friday night in Philadelphia to lead the Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
This is the Flyers’ second victory over rivals Pennsylvania this week. The two teams met on Wednesday to start their season, and the Flyers won 6 to 3.
This time it was Konecny who took matters into his own hands from the start of the first twenty, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes of play. Ivan Provorov added more to give the home team a 3-0 lead. . Goalkeeper Tristan Jarry was called back to the Penguins bench and gave way to Casey DeSmith.
Sidney Crosby launched the Penguins moments later, hitting the target on the power play. With his second goal of the season, Brandon Tanev allowed the visitors to retreat to the locker room after a period with a one-goal deficit.
Konecny dealt the Penguins a hard blow by capitalizing on a three-on-two descent with Kevin Hayes and Claude Giroux.
Oskar Lindblom came to seal the outcome of the match by scoring his second of the season in an empty net. Konecny got an assist on the streak.
Carter Hart made 31 saves in the win.
The Blackhawks can’t surprise
In Tampa, the Lightning showed their superiority over the Chicago Blackhawks by winning 5-2.
Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn and Blake Coleman scored the “Bolts” in quick succession in the first half of the second engagement. Yanni Gourde and Steven Stamkos ruled out any hope of a comeback for the “Hawks” by scoring in the third third.
In his first game on the Bettman Tour since March 13, 2019, Collin Delia scrambled behind the net to give the Lightning the first goal. While trying to recover the puck, he instead gave it to an opposing player. Back in front of his net, he lost his footing, leaving a wide open cage for Palat.
Alex Killorn added moments later as the Blackhawks failed to clear their territory.
For the Illinois team, Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane finally managed to outsmart Andrei Vasilevskiy before the end of the second period, but the Russian goalkeeper closed the door afterwards.
He finished the game with 34 saves, while Delia made 33 of 38 shots.
In Buffalo, the Sabers suffered a second loss in two days to the Washington Capitals, this time losing 2-1. It was Tom Wilson who scored the game-winner midway through the third period.
Jakub Vrana gave the visitors a lead in the second period, but Rasmus Ristolainen leveled the odds early in the third period.