Watch: ‘Hawks-Flyers heats up early as Simmonds, Brookbank scrap

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It didn’t take long for Philadelphia and Chicago to get after it on Rivalry Night on NBCSN.

Less than two minutes into the first period, Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds engaged in a spirited bout with Chicago’s Sheldon Brookbank, setting the tone for what’s shaping up to be a physical affair:

The Flyers would open the scoring with seven minutes remaining in the period, when Jakub Voracek connected on the power play for his fifth goal of the year. Marcus Kruger was in the box for Chicago after taking a holding the stick penalty.