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BSH Radio reacts following 5-2 victory over Golden Knights

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Flyers opened their season in style with a gritty performance in Las Vegas, defeating the defending Western Conference champion Golden Knights 5-2 on their banner-raising night.

The defense combined for four points (none of which were credited to Ivan Provorov or Shayne Gostisbehere), Wayne Simmonds began his contract year with a pair of goals, Claude Giroux took over sole possession of second place on the franchise’s all-time assist leaders list by picking up the 464th of his career, pushing Bill Barber into fourth place, and Brian Elliott made 23 saves to ensure the Flyers started the year 1-0-0.

Philadelphia’s penalty kill staved off three Vegas power plays, including a crucial 5-on-3, and Oskar Lindblom opened the season’s scoring with a pretty move that helped to make up for his lack of finish last season. Even Jori Lehtera didn’t look bad!

Join BSH Radio’s Bill Matz for a discussion on the exciting #FlyersAfterDark victory, and what he expects for the next 81-plus games.