Wednesday, 19 December 2018
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Flyers rally, fall just short of big comeback

A late comeback bid that erased three-quarters of a 4-0 deficit was not quite enough as the Flyers fell to the Boston Bruins, 4-3, at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night. 


* The Flyers scored three goals in a span of 2:44 midway through the third period to come within a goal of tying it up… Each of the three goals were scored in different ways (power play, shorthanded & even strength).

* Claude Giroux bagged a power play goal midway through the third period and then set up Travis Konecny to bring the Flyers back within 5-4… His goal and assist brought his total to five points (1g-4a) in three preseason games thus far. 

* Ivan Provorov and Travis Konecny led the Flyers in shots on goal (6)… Christian Folin led the Flyers in ice time (20:34)… Robert Hagg led the Flyers in hits (5).

* Lee Stempniak had a big game for Boston, recording a goal and two assists for three points… Bruins goaltender had a busy night, seeing 37 Flyers shots, stopping 34 of them for his second win of the preseason.

* The Flyers outshot the Bruins, 37-28 overall; 29-15 over the final 40 minutes. Brian Elliott went the distance in goal, stopping 24 of 28 shots. Dan Vladar denied 34 of 37 shots by the Flyers.Video: Hear from Konecny following 4-3 loss to BOS


1. There weren’t many first-period positives for the Flyers. They were outworked for pucks repeatedly and did not pass well when they had possession. The Flyers dug themselves a hole that put them in a tough position over the remaining 40 minutes. Their play improved but the scoreboard deficit doubled before the late comeback bid.

2. The Flyers’ energy picked up in the second period, and they had multiple scoring chances but could not take advantage. Shorthanded goals, such as the one yielded to Chris Wagner, are often backbreakers for a team. The Wagner goal appeared to take some air out the Flyers’ balloon after they had generated momentum.

3. The line of Scott Laughton, Corban Knight and Michael Raffl was one of the team’s most effective trios at 5-on-5 in this game. On the penalty kill, Raffl’s neutral zone pressure created an odd-man rush and a shorthanded goal by Dale Weise. Earlier in the day, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said he has been pleased with Raffl’s steady day-in-and-day-out performance in a competitive environment.

4. Picturesque tic-tac-toe puck movement from Jakub Voracek to James van Riemsdyk to Claude Giroux led to Giroux sniping a power play goal to cut the gap to 4-2. Shortly thereafter, Giroux set up Konency, who went upstairs to bring the Flyers back within a goal.Video: BOS@PHI: Giroux rips home one-timer for PPG


* Ivan Provorov had an aggressive first shift, stepping up on a check in the neutral zone and later pinching in the offensive zone for a scoring chance from the high slot. He had room upstairs but fired over the net. 

* Nicolas Aube-Kubel found a pinching Andrew MacDonald with a good pass for the Flyers’ first scoring chance of the second period.

* The line of Corban Knight centering Scott Laughton and Michael Raffl generated a strong forecheck and a scoring chance that created momentum for the lines that came out in the next two shifts. The line of Claude Giroux, Mikhail Vorobyev and Travis Konecny in particular generated very heavy pressure.

* Giroux connected with Konecny on a gorgeous saucer pass as Konecny went to the net. Goaltender Dan Vladar was beaten but Konecny’s attempt from the doorstep hit the post. The Flyers eventually got a short-lived power play.

* The Flyers had a good power play scoring chance on a Voracek pass intended for Giroux but could not quite make connections. When play swung the other way, Philly yielded a shorthanded goal.

* Michael Raffl collected a neutral zone turnover and led Dale Weise in on a shorthanded 2-on-1 that Weise scored on at 8:43 of the third period to get the Flyers on the board at 4-1.


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