Philadelphia’s Momentum Shift Resulted In A 3-1 Win Over Boston
The Flyers have a more condensed roster as training camp is nearing the end. Philadelphia hosted the Boston Bruins for their second meeting. When the two teams previously met, the Bruins defeated the Flyers in overtime. Although preseason doesn’t “count,” it matters to the players who will make the final roster. Samuel Ersson was between the pipes tonight, playing his first preseason game. Players like Wade Allison, Ronnie Attard, Cam York, Bobby Brink, Adam Ginning, and Tyson Foerster hope to make the final roster.
With the Bruins having a roster of mainly AHL players on the ice, the Flyers had a lineup that looked almost regular season-ready. The two Eastern teams have entirely different expectations for the season, which should be noted. The first period was underwhelming for Philadelphia as they had three power play opportunities that went scoreless.
Unfortunately, the sloppiness of the power play is concerning, as the Flyers spend too much time trying to set up the “perfect” shot. The hesitation of taking the one-timers is what’s holding the power play unit back, which could give them more opportunities to score. It could be a lack of confidence or an underlying problem since this has been an issue for years. Oddly enough, the penalty kill unit looks strong. On the penalty kill, the Flyers are aggressive and can clear the puck with pressing defensive coverage. Although the Flyers’ penalty kill is strong, Morgan Geekie got the Bruins a 1-0 lead while on the power play.
A Shift In-Between Periods
Luckily, the second period was a different story for Philadelphia as they took the ice with enormous energy. With a minute into the second frame, Cam Atkinson equalized the game at one. This was Atkinson’s first preseason goal, which fired up the orange and black. Not even two minutes after Atkinson’s goal, Travis Konecny gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead. Both back-to-back goals were assisted by Morgan Frost, who made an impact the past couple of preseason games. The Flyers became the more dominant team on the ice, as the first 20 minutes were all Boston. Philadelphia still needed to be done scoring as Ronnie Attard had an excellent slapshot that was deflected by Joel Farabee, increasing the Flyers’ lead 3-1.
Additionally, Atkinson commented on the momentum shift between the first and second periods. “We had a lot of powerplays in the first, which threw the rhyme off. Torts talked about just playing fast and being assertive, and I think we did that, it showed,” the forward said. Notably, with Tortorella back behind the bench, it is no surprise that the team is playing with more enthusiasm as he is one to hold players accountable.
The third period was mainly within Phialdelphia’s control. Although there was no scoring, it was important for the Flyers to have another dominant period of play. With one more game on Thursday, head coach John Tortorella commented on the potential lineup before the regular season kicks off in Columbus. “Danny (Briere) and I will talk tomorrow. and see what he needs and what guys he wants to see,” Tortorella said. With more tough discussions to come this week with the team’s final roster, Thursday’s roster will indicate a lot. The Flyers have a more condensed roster in the making from the one seen in training camp up until now.
The puck drop will be at 7 p.m., with the Flyers hosting the Islanders for their last preseason game.