FLYERS ROOK BRINK MAKING FANS THINK HE’S A KEEPER, WATCH!

By Jenny Masters

Bobby Brink scored his first two NHL goals, Sean Couturier, Owen Tippett, Travis Konecny and Travis Sanheim each added one and the Flyers beat the Minnesota Wild 6-2 as Carter Hart made 26 saves while Cam Atkinson had three assists.

Brink, skating on the third line with Joel Farabee and Noah Cates has impressed Flyers head coach John Tortorella.

When asked how long he’s been thinking about that moment of his first goal, Brink didn’t blink. “About 22 years now.”

Philadelphia entered Thursday night with a 1 for 20 mark on the power play — the worst in the NHL through the season’s first two-plus weeks. On Thursday, they went 2 for 3 with both goals coming midway through the second period to break the game open.

First, Couturier slid a loose puck in front past Gustavsson’s extended left pad for his second goal after missing the entire 2022-23 season with two back surgeries. Brink — who missed a lot of time last season with hip surgery — followed less than three minutes later with his first NHL goal off a loose puck that bounced off an official’s skate in front of the Minnesota net.

“As much as he knows and we know how well he’s played, scorers want the goals” Tortorella said. “And I’m really happy for him.”

The Wild mounted pressure in the third with two quick goals in the first 4:30 of the period, highlighted by Foligno’s conversion of Marcus Johansson’s pass past the sprawled Hart.

The momentum was snuffed out two minutes later when Atkinson forced a steal at the defensive blue line and passed to Tippett on a breakaway. Brink followed with his second goal on a pass from Farabee four minutes later.

 

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