With all the expectations being placed on the Phantoms this season, opening night was rather refreshing to witness. Players that were expected to produce this season, came through if only for one night.
Michael Leighton looked like the elite AHL goalie he has become, even after a rough start, making 24 saves
Brayden Schenn showed why is considered a top prospect and even some experts Rookie of the Year candidate before the season started. Schenn finished the night with with two assists and plus-2 rating.
For the first time since the Phantoms moved to Glens Falls, there are playoff expectations for this franchise. Saturday, October 8th was opening night for the Phantoms as they welcomed the Connecticut Whale to the new and improved Glens Falls Civic Center.
After struggling through 71 and 72 point seasons, expectations are high as the Phantoms returned a core of players that played .600 hockey after their first 30 games last year.
The Philadelphia Flyers have now defeated both participants from last year's Stanley Cup Final to open the season 3-0-0. TCL's Matt Brigidi explains why Claude Giroux has been and will continue to be an important part in the Flyers winning formula.
In a penalty-riddled game that felt more like a track meet, the Philadelphia Flyers improved to 3-0-0 with a 5-4 win over the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks (1-1-1).
It was Claude Giroux who got the scoring started in the contest as he tallied power-play goal just 7:14 into the first period. Five minutes later, Chris Pronger added a power-play goal of his own to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.