Miller scores three points, Canucks spoil Flyers opener with shootout win

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PHILADELPHIA — J.T. Miller had a goal and two assists for the Vancouver Canucks in a 5-4 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Friday.

Elias Pettersson and Alex Chiasson each had a goal and an assist, and Thatcher Demko made 31 saves for Vancouver (1-0-1), which lost to the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in a shootout on Wednesday.

Miller and Pettersson scored in the shootout, and Demko didn’t allow a goal on Philadelphia’s two attempts.

Joel Farabee had a goal and an assist, and Cam Atkinson, Travis Konecny and Claude Giroux scored for Philadelphia, which played its first game of the season. Carter Hart made 35 saves.

Philadelphia scored two goals in the final 2:17 of the third period to tie the game 4-4.

Konecny scored a power-play goal to make it 4-3 at 17:43, and Giroux scored from a sharp angle to tie it 4-4 at 18:48.

Farabee put the Flyers ahead 1-0 at 6:15 of the first period. Demko stopped his shot but the rebound bounced off the skates of Canucks defenseman Tucker Poolman and into the net.

Vasily Podkolzin scored his first NHL goal at 2:36 of the second period on a shot from the right circle to tie it 1-1, and Pettersson made it 2-1 with a power-play goal at 4:07. 

Chiasson won a battle at the front of the net and pushed a puck under Hart during a 5-on-3 power-play at 9:36 to make it 3-1.

Atkinson scored to make it 3-2 at 12:17 when he cut to the slot and redirected a Farabee pass.

Miller gave Vancouver a 4-2 lead at 17:07 when he knocked in a loose puck at the post.

It was the Canucks’ first game in the United States since March 1, 2020. Last season they were in the Scotia North Division, which consisted of the seven Canada-based teams.

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