The Philadelphia Flyers returned to the Wells Fargo Center looking to get off to their best start at home since the 2007-2008 season with a test against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dave Hakstol made his return to Philadelphia, coaching behind the Leafs bench.
After Toronto got out to an early lead, the Flyers tied things up off a power play goal from an Ivan Provorov shot at the point. Claude Giroux took matters into his own hands on the team’s second power play, making a beauty of a move sneaking a puck through Andersen’s pads for a 2-1 lead. Toronto would answer right back right before the second intermission with a tap-in from Jason Spezza on the doorstep.
In the third period, the game shifted back and forth as Travis Sanheim and Mitch Marner traded goals to send the teams into overtime.
In overtime, the Flyers received a power play and couldn’t capitalize within the 5 minutes, sending it to a shootout. Travis Konecny slid a shot through Anderson’s five-hole, but Brian Elliott couldn’t stop Spezza to ice the game in the eighth round. Andreas Johnsson would beat Elliott in the eleventh round, winning 4-3 over the Flyers.
The Philadelphia Flyers return to action Tuesday night as they host the Carolina Hurricanes, puck drops at 7:00 pm.