Bruins 4, Flyers 3: Philadelphia can’t quite complete comeback

Updated: September 24, 2018 at 11:22 pm by John Gove

On a day where the most prominent news surrounding the Philadelphia Flyers involved the revealing of a terrifying new mascot, the team took on the Boston Bruins in their sixth contest of the preseason.

First Period

In his first game back with the Flyers, Andrew MacDonald wasted little time infuriating the Philadelphia fanbase. With a little over four minutes played in the opening period, the veteran defenseman coughed up the puck in his zone, leading to a Bruins goal by Peter Cehlarik. Returning much earlier than many expected, MacDonald demonstrated rust right from the get-go. To be fair, Cehlarik’s tally was undoubtedly stoppable. However, netminder Brian Elliott showed he too was a bit rusty.

Cehlarik continued to make an impact for the Bruins in the first period, blocking Elliott’s view of a Brandon Carlo shot that found the back of the net. Not quite halfway through the first twenty minutes, a Boston team filled with AHL players and prospects held a 2-0 over a Flyers roster with a plethora of NHLers.

Rust continued to be a theme in the opening period, plaguing even the referees. Michael Raffl got called for a roughing penalty after he dragged Chris Wagner to the ice. The only caveat here is that Wagner practically tackled Raffl, leading to both players collapsing to the ice. Luckily, the penalty kill executed their job effectively, preventing any more bleeding. After the first twenty minutes of play, the Flyers trailed an inferior group of players 2-0.

Second Period

As the middle framed rolled along, the Flyers looked like a much better team. Unfortunately, all it takes is one event to crush momentum. With over twelve minutes played in the period, Philadelphia embarked on their second power play of the contest. However, it was the Bruins penalty kill that saw success as Wagner put in a shorthanded goal to give Boston a 3-0 lead.

Though the Flyers outplayed and outshot the Bruins in the second, the remained behind on the scoreboard as the final intermission commenced.

Third Period

The beatdown of the Flyers continued early on in the third. Lee Stempniak capitalized on a puck finding his stick in front of the net to put the Bruins up 4-0. Unfortunately, the puck found its way to Stempniak by means of a poor pass by Phillippe Myers. The young defenseman has been fighting for a roster spot this preseason. The sad truth is that one errant pass could be what sends him back down to the minors. It’s not like veterans such as MacDonald commit foolish plays like that regularly.

Philadelphia would not leave the contest without a goal, however. Dale Weise sniped a shot, you read that correctly, to the back of the net on a Bruins power play to cut the lead to 4-1. After putting one in on Boston’s power play, Claude Giroux thought it would only be appropriate to score on a Flyers man-advantage as well. Giroux’s tally brought Philly to within two goals.

Travis Konecny would waste very little time bringing the Flyers even closer to an impressive comeback. Just a little over a minute after Giroux’s goal, Konecny lit the lamp to make it 4-3 in Boston’s favor. All of a sudden, Philadelphia started playing how many people expected them to from the beginning.

The orange and black made every effort to erase the four-goal deficit. However, it turned into just a little too late as the Bruins walked away with a 4-3 victory.

 

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