Cam Atkinson helps lead Flyers over Boston

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The Philadelphia Flyers made a number of changes during the offseason and most of them have made an impact already. Derick Brassard (one goal, four assists), Keith Yandle (five assists), Cam Atkinson (three goals, one assist) and Ryan Ellis (one goal, three assists) have been productive additions through the team’s first three contests. Brassard and Atkinson have formed a very good combination alongside Joel Farabee, who currently leads the Flyers in scoring with six points.

Martin Jones also did well in his first start with Philadelphia on Wednesday by making 37 saves on 40 shots. Carter Hart, who played the previous two games, has gone 1-0-1 with a 2.43 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.

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BOSTON 3 PHILADELPHIA 6

The Flyers won a second straight game on Wednesday and currently have a record of 2-0-1 to begin the 2021-22 season.

Cam Atkinson got the scoring started at the 8:08 mark of the first period and he snapped a 3-3 tie just 58 seconds into the third period. It held up as the game winner. Atkinson has a three-game point streak to start his tenure with Philadelphia.

Joel Farabee, who notched one goal and one assist, is off to a strong start this campaign as well. He has picked up a goal and a helper in each of first three outings. Farabee had one of Philadelphia’s two power-play goals in Wednesday’s win.

Sean Couturier had the other goal on the man advantage, which was an empty-netter, to round out the scoring. He also contributed his third assist of 2021-22 to give him four points in three appearances.

Scott Laughton got his first goal of the year in the second period and Travis Konecny, who has lit the lamp in each game, potted his third goal of the season in the third frame.

Karson Kuhlman got Boston on the board at the 16:48 mark of the first period, while Taylor Hall and Brad Marchand found the back of the net in the second stanza. Marchand has scored three of the Bruins’ six goals through two games.

Derick Brassard, Keith Yandle and Charlie McAvoy registered two assists apiece in the contest.

Craig Smith had a game-high seven shots, while Trent Frederic, who also had an assist, had a game-high eight hits and Ivan Provorov led all skaters with nine blocks.

David Pastrnak, Tomas Nosek, James van Riemsdyk, Claude Giroux, Justin Braun and Ryan Ellis supplied one helper apiece.

Jeremy Swayman allowed five goals on 24 shots. It was the first time in 12 NHL starts that he has allowed more than three goals against in a game.

Martin Jones stopped 37 shots for his first win as a member of the Flyers in his season debut.

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ST. LOUIS 3 VEGAS 1

The Blues won all three games of the team’s season-opening road trip. St. Louis will try to stay unbeaten at the start of a four-game homestand on Saturday.

Vladimir Tarasenko’s first goal of the season broke a 1-1 tie close to the midway mark of the third period and it ended up being the game winner. He also had a game-high seven shots on target.

Brandon Saad got his first goal with the Blues 3:21 into the second period after William Karlsson opened the scoring with Vegas’ only goal during the first frame.

Ivan Barbashev sealed the St. Louis victory with an empty-netter late in third period.

Brayden Schenn, Robert Thomas, Jordan Kyrou, David Perron, Ryan O'Reilly, Colton Parayko, Reilly Smith and Alec Martinez provided an assist each.

Robin Lehner stopped 35 of 37 shots in his best performance of the young season, but his record drops to 1-2-0 following a second consecutive loss.

Jordan Binnington piled up 42 saves on 43 shots for his third straight win to kick off the 2021-22 campaign.

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