For two periods Wednesday, it looked as if early dividends from the Penguins offseason additions might pay off with a season opening win.
They controlled territory. They used their improved mobility on the blue line to neutralize the Philadelphia Flyers’ dump and chase game and their speed up
front to generate a few chances off the rush. Their revamped third line centered by super sized newcomer Mark Jankowski buzzed around all three zones.
Jankowski and Brandon Tanev teamed up for one of the prettiest goals of the NHL’s opening night to make it 3-3 early in the third period.
But it all snowballed from there. An avalanche of Flyers goals led to a disheartening 6-3 defeat.