You only get one chance to make a first impression and after a lackluster preseason, the Flyers 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the first game of the 2019-20 regular season was certainly a good one.
After a fairly sloppy and wide-open first period, the Flyers started to tighten things up in the second and third periods, playing a solid all-around game.
For Travis Konecny, it was a very strong first impression. Two goals and high-energy play made him an active part of the win.
Winning the first game of the season has meant very little for the Flyers in recent years. This marked the fourth straight season the Flyers opened with a win, and in the previous three, they either missed the playoffs or barely managed to make it after falling behind in the games that followed. That sets the stage for the Flyers real test of the season. Playing in Prague and having to play abroad to start the season was certainly a challenge, but now they face a demanding October travel schedule that will have them stopping home for just a few days and one game before hitting the road again for a Western Canada trip.
It's only the first step to having a better start than in years past, but very early on you saw the potential the Flyers have to offer. Here are some observations from the 4-3 win.