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Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier celebrates one of his two goals with defenseman Brandon Manning.

October 15, 2016

Couturier propels Flyers past Kings in season opener, 4-2

LOS ANGELES — Boyd Gordon and Sean Couturier scored 48 seconds apart to kick off Philadelphia's four-goal second period, and the Flyers got their season off to a roaring start with a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.

Couturier got two goals -- his second came about eight minutes later off the stick of rookie Travis Konecny, who assisted on both Couturier goals.

Fellow rookie Ivan Provorov also notched a point in his NHL debut, picking up an assist on Mark Streit's goal, which put the Flyers up 4-0 late in the third period.

Michal Neuvirth made 23 saves as the Flyers won their season opener for the first time since 2011. It also marked the first career win over the Kings for Neuvirth.

Drew Doughty and Brayden McNabb scored in the home opener for the Kings, whose 50th anniversary season is off to an 0-2 start.

Jeff Zatkoff made his home debut with 26 saves in his first game as the Kings' presumptive starter in the absence of Jonathan Quick. The Vezina Trophy finalist is out for several weeks with a groin injury.


Flyers defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere was lucky to avoid a more serious injury in the first period when he fell and was cut across the face by the skate of Kyle Clifford. 

Not only did the blade narrowly miss both his throat and eyes, but it also appears that the cut wasn't too deep -- Gostisbehere returned to the ice just a few minutes later after having the wound glued shut.