The NHL is back and Jan. 19, 2013, saw the late opening day have some great matches to kick off the short season after a long player lockout. The Pittsburgh Penguins traveled to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers with fans hopeful of seeing a Sidney Crosby against Claude Giroux showdown.
However, that was not the case as the Penguins went two goals up in the opening ten minutes thanks to Tyler Kennedy and James Neal as they cruised through the first period unscathed despite giving up six minutes of power play time to the Flyers.
Claude Giroux did deliver for the Flyers just 23 seconds into the second period to make it 2-1 but that would be all to come of the hopeful season debut of the five year veteran and his Canadian counterpart Sidney Crosby of the Penguins who was quiet all night long.
The Penguins made it more official with a power play goal from Chris Kunitz just 12 seconds from time as the visitors opened their season account with three points while the Flyers will look to rebound on Sunday when they face the Buffalo Sabres while the Penguin will hope to make it two straight against the New York Rangers.
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