Predators win opening game, Flyers soar

By Sacha Pisani 15 October 2016
Predators win opening game, Flyers soar

The Nashville Predators made a winning start to the NHL season at the expense of the Chicago Blackhawks, while the Philadelphia Flyers saw off the Los Angeles Kings.

P.K. Subban led the way with one of three power-play goals as the Predators edged the Blackhawks 3-2 in Nashville.

Roman Josi and Mike Fisher were also on target for the Predators, who reached the second round of the Western Conference playoffs last season.

Leon Draisaitl scored twice in the third period to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.

The Flyers defeated the Kings 4-2.

 

SUBBAN MAKES INSTANT IMPACT

The defenseman was acquired from the Montreal Canadians via a trade in June and he wasted little time settling into his new surroundings.

Subban levelled the contest with just over seven minutes played in the first period, cancelling out Marcus Kruger's opener, thanks to a slap shot.

Fisher then scored the second-period winner after Niklas Hjalmarsson and Josi traded goals as the Blackhawks fell to back-to-back defeats.

 

OILERS SWEEP OPENING HOME STAND

The Oilers twice came from behind as they claimed consecutive wins against the Flames to start the season.

Sean Monahan and Michael Frolik had Calgary ahead at the end of the first period but Edmonton took control from that point courtesy of Draisaitl's final-period double.

Connor McDavid was also impressive with a goal and two assists.

 

TRIO COMBINE FOR EDMONTON

FLYERS BLITZ KINGS

After a scoreless first period, the Flyers scored four unanswered goals to down the Kings.

Sean Couturier led the way with a double, while Boyd Gordon and Mark Streit also scored.

The Kings threatened a comeback after scoring twice but they could not prevent consecutive losses.

 

PENGUINS BACK IN ACTION

It is a busy day of action on Saturday as defending champions the Pittsburgh Penguins return to the ice. The Anaheim Ducks are the opponents. Stanley Cup runners-up the San Jose Sharks meet the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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