Flyers vs. the Devils: John Tortorella win the season opener

John Tortorella has been quite candid about his expectations for his first year in Philadelphia.

He makes no bold predictions.

“I have no idea what the hell is going to happen,” the head coach said on the morning skiing. “I hope things happen the right way. If it doesn’t, we just try to support each other through the bad things and try to get our business going in the right direction.”

Flyers’ work began on the right foot Thursday night. The club achieved a 5-2 victory over the Devils in the opening game of the 2022-23 regular season at Wells Fargo Center.

Travis Konechny and Morgan Frost performed with two goals. Allison Wade also found the back of the net.

Blank Frost Seal for the game.

Kevin Hayes, Ivan Provorov and Tony DiAngelo finished with two passes each.

“I thought we played our part,” Tortorella said.

“It’s my turn to find a way. Nothing is perfect. Not all minutes are perfect. Sometimes it’s ugly, sometimes it looks awful. But it’s my turn to find a way and we find a way to win.”

The recorded attendance at the Wells Fargo Center was 19,107.

“I hope they respect the fact that our guys played hard tonight and delivered,” Tortorella said. “I don’t think people believe – not here – but I don’t think public hockey believes us. I hope this will give us juice to prove them wrong. I thought we made a move tonight.”

The Flyers 6-0-2 in the last eight inaugural seasons. They meet New Jersey three more times this season.

• Spotlight on General Manager Chuck Fletcher Young Flyers and their speed Why his team can be fun to watch.

The club includes 12 players aged 25 or younger in its 23-man squad. He sees youth and the Tortorella trend as a good combination.

The management and coaching staff had to admire the start from her youth. Alison is 24 on Friday, Kunikney is 25 and Frost is 23.

25-year-old fourth midfielder Tanner Laczynski assisted Frost’s second-half goal, which came just 23 seconds after Konecny’s 2-1 victory over the Flyers.

Konecny ​​amplified the Flyers’ advantage to 4-1 with a solid playing mark in the third period.

“I just loved our work ethic,” Konechny said. “One of the great things is that our squad has a lot of guys there. It doesn’t really matter who you are, everyone was doing the right things and they weren’t afraid to give plays because they know everyone is supporting them and playing hard.”

The pilots would love to see Konechny lead the Al Shabaab movement. He had one game with two goals last season. They’re trying to figure out what kind of scorer is going forward.

Before the opening, Konecny ​​seemed unfazed by the lack of outside hype around the Flyers.

“We just stay inside,” he said after morning skiing. “I’m not worried about people writing things online. I’m just worried about the things that are inside here and what we can control.”

• Carter Hart did his job in the net with 35 saves.

The Devils briefly led 1-0 on a force-playing goal in the first half. Allison erased it after 23 seconds.

It’s just one of 82 games, but the Flyers seemed more together in their structure and support. The hard effort was definitely there.

“I think the biggest philosophy we’ve talked about with our team is that we talk about being over the disc and being over the disc with our back check and track,” Tortorella said in the morning. “Sometimes you can’t be over the disc. Sometimes it’s good to be over the guy where he has to come through. That’s when it’s hard to play. That’s when defenders close in, they don’t join the rush because, ‘S-” –, I have another body to cross.”…I think this will help us get more tweaks and start attacking.”

They have improved as the game progresses deeper, which is what Tortorella hopes to achieve when he pushes conditioning during bootcamp.

Mackenzie Blackwood of New Jersey stopped, 20 rounds of 24 rounds.

• A strong start for the new top defensive pair of pilots Provorov and DeAngelo.

They only played one pre-season game together, but seemed to be on the same page in Game 1.

“They played really well,” Hart said. “I think they would fit in really well with each other. They put in a lot of great plays, they blocked some shots and they broke the disc really well.”

In another Blue Line story, Travis Sanheim signed Eight-year contract extension worth $50 million before the match.

“Sani and I pretty much got together after enlistment,” said Provorov. “Playing against each other in the juniors and then through camps, hotels and all that. I’m very happy for him. He’s a huge part of this team and we’re happy to have him for another eight years.”

• Flyers’ power play went 1 for 3 and the death penalty was 2 for 3.

• Owen Tibbett was knocked down in an open ice crash during the last minute of the first period. The 23-year-old winger did not return to the match due to an upper body injury.

• Cam Atkinson (upper body) and Rasmus Restolainen (undisclosed) not available. Both are getting injured day after day. More about The pilots health front is here.

• Hosts The Flyers Canucks on Saturday (4pm EST / NBCSP).

Mike Yu, a former temporary Flyers coach, is an assistant coach in Vancouver. He was already in town Thursday night before the pilots’ reconnaissance.

Subscribe and rate Flyers Talk

Apple Podcast | spotify | Stitcher | Article 19 | Youtube

Leave a Comment