LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers know the importance of opening the season with a road victory.Wayne Simmonds scored two goals to lead Philadelphia to a 5-2 season-opening road win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.It was the Flyers’ third straight season-opening victory in a Pacific Division city. Philadelphia has earned at least a point in each of its last four season openers (3-0-1).Oskar Lindblom Womens Zach Parise Jersey
, Robert Hagg and Scott Laughton also scored for the Flyers, one of seven NHL teams to win on the road during Thursday’s 10-game slate.“I think it’s tough sometimes when you open at your own rink,” Elliott said. “You have all the spectacles and the show, sometimes it takes away from your focus a little bit and the road team just has to come in and play (its) game.”And while the defending Western Conference champion Golden Knights’ scoring chances outweighed Philadelphia’s, 24-14, Flyers netminder Brian Elliott was outstanding in stopping 23 of the 25 shots he faced in front of an announced crowd of 18,555.Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury allowed five goals and stopped 11 of 16 shots before being replaced by Malcolm Subban with 9:49 left in the second period. Subban stopped all nine of the shots he saw.Vegas coach Gerard Gallant dispatched the notion about his team being distracted by the pre-game festivities, which included the raising of the Pacific Division and Western Conference championship banners.“I was excited and our players were excited to start at home tonight, it just didn’t go our way,” Gallant said. “I thought we played a real good 10 minutes to open the game up. We had a 1-0 lead and then (Shea) Theodore hit the crossbar, would have made it 2-0. After that they pretty well took over the game.”Jonathan Marchessault and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare were the only ones to score for Vegas, as the Flyers dominated the neutral zone.“We kind of just wanted to counter-attack their speed, that’s the way they play Andrew Shaw Jersey
,” said Simmonds, who led the Flyers with four shots and seven hits. “They have their D jumping the rush a lot of times, and we figured if we could bust the zone we could keep their D back. It worked to our advantage and we kept pucks in and we went in and we got them.”Marchessault’s shot from the left dot gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead early in the first period, but Lindblom tied the game after making a nice move around Fleury’s left pad and a backhand into an empty net.Simmonds pounced on a loose puck sitting on the goal line, and poked it into the net to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead late in the first period. His second goal made it 3-1 early in the second period when he slipped a shot under a sprawled out Fleury.Simmonds has five goals in his last two season-openers.Later in the second period, it was Mikhail Vorobyev, in his NHL debut, starting a rush with a stretch pass to James van Riemsdyk, who then fed Hagg, who beat Fleury with a wrist shot to the glove side. Just 1:06 later, Laughton deflected Radko Gudas‘ shot from the point to make it 5-1.Bellemare netted a short-handed goal to cut Philadelphia’s lead to 5-2 with 11:32 left in the game.This marked the first of two games in nine days between these clubs. Vegas will visit the Flyers on October 13 to wrap up a five-game road trip that begins Saturday night.NOTES: Only in Las Vegas will you find crooner Wayne Newton and rapper Lil Jon simultaneously dropping the ceremonial first puck together pregame. … With his two assists, Jakub Voracek reached 400 points for his career. … Claude Giroux’s assist on Simmonds’ second goal moved him past Bill Barber for third on the Flyers’ all-time list with 464.UP NEXT:Philadelphia: Visits Colorado on Saturday.Vegas: Visits Minnesota on Saturday. Former Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty will play his first game in Montreal on Saturday since being traded to the Vegas Golden Knights on the eve of training camp.Pacioretty, who was the Montreal captain for three seasons beginning in 2015 http://www.officialcanadiensprostore.com/authentic-adidas-antti-niemi-jersey
, was traded for forward Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a second-round draft pick in 2019.Pacioretty is off to a slow start with his new team with two goals in 12 games. He missed four games after taking a shoulder in the nose from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn and returned Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.Article continues below ...Pacioretty had two shots in 20:13 of ice time in the Golden Knights’ 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday in which the Knights lost a 3-0 lead and rebounded for win.After a trip to the Stanley Cup Final this past spring, the Golden Knights (7-8-1) have been inconsistent. Since winning three games in a row Oct. 13-20, their only consecutive wins this season, they are 3-4-1. They are still without suspended defenseman Nate Schmidt and injured center Paul Statsny.“We were faced with a lot of adversity early on with injuries and a bit of a tough start and with (Nate Schmidt) being out, but the atmosphere never changed. It says a lot about the culture of this team and why they had success last year,” Pacioretty told Sportsnet.He said he isn’t surprised by the Canadiens’ good start.“A lot of guys have really stepped up and bounced back really well,” he said. “That seems to be the case often times in big markets, and then also when there’s less pressure, less expectation. You saw with Vegas last year, with the expectations and how they did. It’s easier to skate down the ice when you don’t have that on your shoulders.”The Golden Knights had one of their best offensive nights of the season against the Senators. The Knights are 29th in the NHL with an average of 2.38 goals scored per game.“The puck finally went in the net for us,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant told NHL.com. “So that was really a key for us, to get five goals (Thursday night). Real happy about that Authentic Artturi Lehkonen Jersey
, and I thought, for the most part, we had a real good game.”The Canadiens (8-5-3) lost 6-5 in overtime to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, the fourth game in a row goaltender Carey Price has given up at least four goals in a game. After a 4-1-1 start, the Canadiens are 4-4-2 in their past 10 games and have lost two games in a row for the first time this season. They are hanging onto third place in the Atlantic Division.“Let’s just cut to the chase, I just didn’t play very good (Thursday night),” Price told NHL.com. “It’s all upstairs. I’ve got to figure it out.” Canadiens coach Claude Julien told the league website, “Unfortunately, that position is one that you can really pinpoint because we’ve got players that can play really bad one night, but because they’re surrounded by other players around them it doesn’t show as much. That’s the sad part of a goaltender’s position is that, as you can see, we’re looking more at him when the rest of our team wasn’t any better.”The Canadiens will be without forward Joel Armia for a second game. He will be out six to eight weeks because of a knee injury.