Newcomers spark Flyers

     BOSTON _  The start of the Flyers-Bruins opener was delayed more than a half hour Thursday as Boston held a ceremony in which its 2011 Stanley Cup championship banner was raised to the rafters.

     Oh, and everybody but the popcorn vendor made a speech.

     The Flyers stayed in their locker room during the ceremony.

      “I took my gear off and went back to the hotel and took a 20-minute nap and came back again,” goalie Ilya Bryzgalov kidded after the game.

     Bryzgalov, the Flyers’ new goalie, was in a playful mood. He was outstanding as the Flyers opened their season with a 2-1 win over the host Bruins.

      He wasn’t the only newcomer to contribute. Jakub Voracek scored what proved to be the game-winner, and Jaromir Jagr (1,600th career point) and Wayne Simmonds collected assists. Matt Read, Max Talbot and Sean Couturier were solid on the penalty-killing units.

      (The game’s best player, though, was “veteran” Claude Giroux, who scored a highlight-film goal and was always in the middle of a scoring chance.)

     In short, the newcomers were impressive in their Flyers debuts.

     “We feel like we’ve been playing a long time together,” Bryzgalov said. “We have a very good group of guys. It’s like one big family.”

    Especially after an opening-night win that ruined Boston’s Stanley Cup celebration.

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   BREAKAWAYS. Chris Pronger played a 24:34 (one second less than Boston's Zdeno Chara) and had five of the Flyers' 17 blocked shots.....Talbot had four hits.....The Flyers were 1 for 4 on the PP, while Boston was 1 for 5.....The Bruins won 67 percent of the faceoffs.....The Flyers have won their last three openers _ all on the road.....Voracek ended a 16-game goal-less streak dating back to last season with Columbus......The Flyers outshot the Bruins 25-12 over the first two periods, but Boston had an 11-4 advantage in the third.....The Flyers are in New Jersey Saturday night.....D Andreas Lilja started in place of Matt Walker.

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