Wayne Simmonds scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 season-opening road win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.

Oskar Lindblom, Robert Hagg and Scott Laughton also scored for the Flyers, who won their third straight season opener. Philadelphia has at least a point in each of its last four season openers (3-0-1).

Philadelphia Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk, right, celebrates after Wayne Simmonds, center, scored against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

And while the Golden Knights’ scoring chances outweighed Philadelphia’s, 23-13, Flyers netminder Brian Elliott was outstanding in stopping 23 of the 25 shots he faced in front of an announced crowd of 18,555.

Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury allowed five goals and stopped 11 of 16 shots before being replaced by Malcolm Subban with 9:49 left in the second period. Subban stopped all nine of the shots he saw. Fleury dropped to 9-5-0 in season-openers.

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott makes a save during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Jonathan Marchessault and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored for the Golden Knights.

The Flyers finished 1-for-4 on power play chances, while Vegas was 0-for-3.

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (53) vies for the puck with Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith, left, and center William Karlsson during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Marchessault’s shot from the left dot just over Elliott’s blocker gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead early in the first period. Lindblom tied the game after a nice move around Fleury’s left pad and a backhand into an empty net.

Simmonds pounced on a loose puck sitting on the goal line, and poked it into the net to give the Flyers a 2-1 lead late in the first period. His second goal made it 3-1 early in the second period when he slipped a shot under a sprawled out Fleury.

Philadelphia Flyers center Jori Lehtera, left, Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault, center, and defenseman Andrew MacDonald vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Simmonds has five goals in his last two season-openers.

Later in the period, it was Mikhail Vorobyev starting a rush with a stretch pass to James van Riemsdyk, who then fed Hagg, who beat Fleury with a wrist shot to the glove side. Just 1:06 later, Laughton deflected Radko Gudas’ shot from the point to make it 5-1.

Philadelphia Flyers center Travis Konecny (11) tries to tip the puck past Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Bellemare netted a short-handed goal after creating a turnover in the neutral zone and skating in unassisted midway through the third period to cut Philadelphia’s lead to 5-2 with 11:32 left in the game.

This marked the first of two games in nine days between these clubs. Vegas will visit the Flyers on October 13 to wrap up a five-game road trip that begins Saturday night.

Vegas Golden Knights left wing William Carrier passes the puck next to Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim (6) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

NOTES: Only in Las Vegas will you find crooner Wayne Newton and rapper Lil Jon simultaneously dropping the ceremonial first puck together pregame. … With his two assists, Jakub Voracek reached 400 points for his career. … Claude Giroux’s assist on Simmonds’ second goal moved him past Bill Barber for third on the Flyers’ all-time list with 464.

UP NEXT:

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott makes a save against the Vegas Golden Knights during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Philadelphia: Visits Colorado on Saturday.

Vegas: Visits Minnesota on Saturday.

Source: The Associated Press

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