January 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux (28) during pregame warm-ups before game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center. The Penguins defeated the Flyers, 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Flyers drop season opener


The Flyers opened their season to disappointment, as they dropped their first game to their biggest rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins took the game 3-1, and proved why they are being ranked up high in various power rankings for this season.

The Pens were on the attack early by scoring on Bryz five minutes within the game. The goal was initially credited to Evgeni Malkin but it was announced on Sunday that it was really Paul Martin on the power play. Having the early lead really helped the Pens and they increased this lead a few minutes later with a snap shot from James Neal.

The Pens came out on top going into the second period, but Flyers captain Claude Giroux cut the lead it half immediately in the second period with a wrist shot assisted by his linesman Scott Hartnell and Brayden Schenn.

The Flyers tried to continue this momentum but were unable to get another puck past Pens goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The Pens were also having a hard time getting another goal in but got lucky at the end of the period when Ilya Bryzgalov was pulled from the goal to send in an extra attacker.

Martin scored a second power play goal at the end of the 3rd on an empty net to lead the Pens to a 3-1 victory. It was an upsetting start to the season for the Flyers, which continued on Sunday afternoon when they traveled to Buffalo to play the Sabres.

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