The Flyers felt they had dominated their last two games.
The scoreboard said otherwise.
On Monday night, the Flyers quashed the debate by ripping off five goals through the first two periods en route to an emphatic 6-2 win over the Golden Knights at the Wells Fargo Center.
The victory for the Flyers (3-3-1) put a four-game losing streak to bed as Travis Konecny, Kevin Hayes, Michael Raffl (two), Matt Niskanen and Oskar Lindblom all scored.
The Golden Knights (6-4-0) were coming off a shutout of the Penguins and their penalty kill was 33 for 35 on the season.
The Flyers impressively put up a six-spot on Vegas with two of the goals coming on the man advantage.
• Alain Vigneault’s team made a statement in the second period with four goals. Quite frankly, it needed to make a statement. Winning the shot battle is not a statement — putting up crooked numbers, though, speaks volumes (see story).
The Flyers had scored seven combined goals through the first and second periods this season. They weren’t giving up a ton, but they weren’t capitalizing, either.
This time, the Flyers did, and against a pretty good Western Conference contender.
Now it’s a matter of producing consistently.
• Let’s not forget how good Brian Elliott was against the Golden Knights. He converted big saves, many of which came before the score turned lopsided.
After the Flyers had yielded 10 goals in their previous two games, the 34-year-old picked up 33 stops. He has 76 saves on 81 shots in three career matchups with Vegas.
He could get the next game in Chicago.
Golden Knights backup Oscar Dansk had a rough outing.
• Joel Farabee, the 14th overall pick in the 2018 draft, made his anticipated NHL debut just five games into his pro career.
Last Saturday, Farabee’s mother, grandmother and older brother traveled from Cicero, New York (right outside of Syracuse) to watch his game at AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.
His mother Pam was back on the road Monday with Farabee’s father Dave to watch their son’s first NHL game at the Wells Fargo Center.
Farabee, a skilled and strategic goal-scoring winger, didn’t score but exhibited his sharp reads and angles to the puck. He gives the Flyers a flashy skill in the bottom six, a type of player who can make a play out of nothing.
• There has been no slowing down Konecny and Lindblom, who have been the Flyers’ two best players. The Flyers have desperately needed some of their promising youth to take big steps. So far, so good from the 22-year-old Konecny and 23-year-old Lindblom.
Konecny has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in seven games.
For some perspective on his start, the Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 10 games so far.
NHL points per game leaders:— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) October 22, 2019
1. Connor McDavid — 1.89
2. David Pastrnak — 1.88
3. Mika Zibanejad — 1.83
4. John Carlson — 1.80
5. Leon Draisaitl — 1.78
6. Brad Marchand — 1.50
7. Travis Konecny — 1.43
With his two-point effort, Lindblom has four goals and six points in seven games. Last season, he scored four goals in his first 45 games. The Flyers have put Lindblom in a position that suits him well and he’s taking advantage of it.
• The Flyers’ defensemen were strong and a combined plus-6.
• The unsung Raffl notched his first two-goal game since March 15, 2016.
• Four of the Flyers’ next five games are on the road.
To begin the stretch, the Flyers visit the Blackhawks on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET/NBCSP).
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