National Hockey League

Joel Farabee's four-point night leads Flyers to opening win

Sparked by a new second line and a widespread infusion of youthful energy, they ran out to a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the season opener at virtually empty Wells Fargo Center.

A newly created second trio of Kevin Hayes centering Claude Giroux and Joel Farabee produced a total of seven points, four registered by the rebuilt sophomore right winger.

Farabee's offseason work was obvious from his first holiday workouts at the Skate Zone, his shadow much different than the one he cast in late 2019 as a slim 19-year-old part-time rookie.

"I believe that him putting in the time and the effort that he did this summer shows his willingness to him becoming the best player he can be," head coach Alain Vigneault said.

Working on the second power-play unit, Farabee twice got the puck out to new point man Erik Gustafsson, who twice lasered shots on net that first James van Riemsdyk, then Nolan Patrick turned into power-play goals from right in front of Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry.

The same could have been said for Oskar Lindblom, the young winger who had to overcome Ewing's sarcoma after starting out hot in late 2019 in what should have been his second full season instead of a season-long cancer fight.

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