October 4, 2019 / 9:11 PM / 10 days ago

Konecny carries Flyers past Blackhawks in Prague

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Travis Konecny scored twice and Carter Hart made 28 saves as the Philadelphia Flyers skated to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday afternoon in Prague, Czech Republic.

Oskar Lindblom had a power-play goal and Michael Raffl also tallied for the Flyers, who presented new coach Alain Vigneault with a victory in their season opener.

Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, Alexander Nylander and Alex DeBrincat also tallied and Corey Crawford turned aside 34 shots for the Blackhawks.

Konecny opened the scoring at 6:24 of the first period after taking advantage of a turnover at the Chicago blue line. He skated into the left circle and unleashed a shot that sailed under Crawford’s glove.

Nylander tied it 80 seconds later after he gathered in the loose puck at center ice, entered the zone and beat Hart from the high slot.

The Flyers regained the lead on their power play when Lindblom’s shot caromed off the post and deflected in off Blackhawks defenseman Slater Koekkoek at 6:28 of the second period.

Konecny struck again during a 4-on-4 situation with 1:56 left in the second period after scoring on a backhander from the left circle.

DeBrincat, who signed a three-year, $19.2 million contract extension on Thursday, answered quickly after converting a centering pass from Kane on a power play with just 13 seconds left in the second period.

Raffl, who had one goal in the team’s final 20 games last season, gave the Flyers a 4-3 lead at 9:48 of the third period with a wraparound effort.

Kane made it 4-3 with 2:07 remaining with Crawford off for the extra skater, but Chicago was unable to get the equalizer.

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