NHL Recaps: Flyers explode on Bruins; and Blues knock off Knights

Recapping the NHL action for October 20, 2021.

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Oct 20, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Cam Atkinson (89) and goaltender Martin Jones (35) celebrate win against the Boston Bruins at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL had a light schedule for October 20th with just two games. Philadelphia used a three goal third period to pull away from Boston. Meanwhile, Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington stonewalled the Knights with 42 saves for the victory.

Let’s recap the action.

NHL Recaps: Flyers 6, Bruins 3

Cam Atkinson scored two goals to lift the host Philadelphia Flyers past the Boston Bruins 6-3 on Wednesday.

Joel Farabee and Sean Couturier added a goal and an assist apiece for the Flyers, who won their second in a row.

Scott Laughton and Travis Konecny each had one goal and Derick Brassard contributed two assists. Keith Yandle also had two assists.

Flyers goaltender Martin Jones made 37 saves in his team debut. Carter Hart started the first two games for Philadelphia.

Karson Kuhlman, Taylor Hall and Brad Marchand each scored for the Bruins.

Charlie McAvoy chipped in with two assists, while Bdruins goaltender Jeremy Swayman stopped 19 shots.

The Flyers went ahead 1-0 at 8:08 of the first period when they took advantage of a two-on-one break as Atkinson scored.

The Bruins tied the game at 1 at 16:48 when the puck glanced off Philadelphia defenseman Travis Sanheim and Kuhlman scored directly in front of Jones.

Farabee connected on the power play with only 8.9 seconds remaining in the first for a 2-1 Philadelphia lead.

“The most important shifts are after you score a goal or you get scored on,” Atkinson said. “It’s never a good thing to get scored on in the last minute, but I think we did a good job of responding and staying positive on the bench.

After an initial shot was saved by Swayman, Laughton pounced on the rebound for a 3-1 Flyers advantage at 1:58 of the second.

The Bruins closed within 3-2 at 8:38 when Hall skated in all alone and shot the puck over Jones’ glove. Marchand drew Boston even at 3 with 59.4 seconds left in the second when he found a loose puck and scored.

The Flyers moved back in front 4-3 just 58 seconds into the third as Atkinson fired a shot into the net while being checked to the ice. Konecny’s wrist shot at 11:17 extended Philadelphia’s lead to 5-3.

Philadelphia’s sixth goal, by Couturier, came on the power play into an empty net with 58.2 seconds left.

Blues 3, Golden Knights 1

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Oct 20, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) scores a third period goal against Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner (90) at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Binnington made 42 saves as the St. Louis Blues completed a sweep of their season-opening, three-game road trip with a 3-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Brandon Saad, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ivan Barbashev scored goals for St. Louis, which won games at Colorado and Arizona earlier on the trip.

William Karlsson scored for Vegas. Robin Lehner, pulled in his previous start after allowing four goals in two periods during a 6-2 loss at Los Angeles, bounced back to stop 35 of 37 shots.

St. Louis had the first seven shots of the game, including four on a power play after William Carrier picked up a hooking penalty, but Lehner was sharp early, making several grade-A saves.

The Golden Knights took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period on Karlsson’s first goal of the season. The score came at the end on a two-on-one break with Reilly Smith, who hit Karlsson on the right wing with a cross-ice pass. Binnington stopped Karlsson’s one-timer, but Karlsson followed up and knocked in the rebound inside the far post.

St. Louis tied it 1-1 at 3:21 of the second period when Saad fired in a rebound from near the top of the right circle over Lehner’s glove and inside the right post. It was the Saad’s first goal with the Blues and the 185th of his career.

The Blues took a 2-1 lead at 9:49 of the third period on Tarasenko’s first goal of the season. The tally came after a turnover in the neutral zone by Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, whose cross-ice pass was intercepted by Torey Krug. Krug passed ahead to Brayden Schenn to start a three-on-none break, and Tarasenko finished a tic-tac-toe with Jordan Kyrou by tapping Kyrou’s pass past Lehner’s glove side.

“Happy for him. He’s been working so hard,” Binnington said of Tarasenko. “He’s been through a lot and it’s really nice to see him be rewarded. Can’t say enough about that guy and his work ethic. We’re all happy for him and hopefully there’s more to come.”

The Golden Knights pulled Lehner for an extra attacker with 2:15 remaining, and Barbashev sealed the win with an empty-netter off a Robert Thomas pass with 1:12 to go.

–Field Level Media