Pittsburgh also hit back in the power play through Sidney Crosby (24th) after an error by Carter Hart. The superstar caught a failed attempt by the goalkeeper from the air and shot into the empty goal. The renewed Flyers lead by Joel Farabee (39th), who also booked three assists, was compensated by the guests with Brandon Tanev (44th).
But Raffl finally put Philadelphia on the road to victory after submission by Scott Laugthon. Travis Konecny and Kevin Hayes made everything clear with a double strike within 20 seconds (53rd).
Defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning also started the new season with a win. The reigning champion beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 on their own ice. The St. Louis Blues, Stanley Cup winners of 2019, won 4-1 at the Colorado Avalanche.