Philadelphia Flyers vs Boston Bruins Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media
|FINAL | Round Robin Game 1 | Sunday, August 2, 2020
|Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Flyers LineupForward lines
Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Jake Voracek
Scott Laughton – Kevin Hayes – Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk – Derek Grant – Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Michael Raffl – Nate Thompson – Nicolas Aube-KubelDefense pairings
Ivan Provorov – Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim – Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg – Justin BraunGoaltenders
Carter Hart – Brian ElliottScratches
Andy Welinski, Andy Andreoff, Morgan Frost, Joel Farabee, Shayne Gostisbehere, Egor Zamula, Mark Friedman, Connor Bunnaman, Alex Lyon, Kirill UstimenkoInjuries
Just like the Philadelphia Flyers were the first team to play an exhibition game in the NHL’ s Return to Play this week, they also had the honor of playing in the first Round Robin game on Sunday when they took on the Boston Bruins. While these game could be considered an extended “pre-season” for the top four seeded teams, there is an ability for teams to move up or down in seeding positioning to begin round one of the playoffs.
Both teams looked a bit unsteady for the first five or six minutes of the game, although the Bruins seemed to get an early upper hand as they peppered young Carter Hart with a barrage of shots. He held firm, though, and allowed the Flyers to get their skates underneath them and begin to apply some pressure later in the period. In one of the more exciting moments of the frame, Claude Giroux wound up for a big point shot on the power play, but found iron.
The second period is when things really opened up for Philadelphia, and not in ways that most analysts or fans may have predicted. It wasn’t the big names who made their mark on this day for the Flyers, but the bottom six really stepped up when needed.
Michael Raffl kicked off the scoring for the Flyers after Travis Sanheim skillfully navigated the blue line and fed the puck to Raffl. The forward then patiently stickhandled around the crease and put the puck past Jaroslav Halak. Nate Thompson followed that up with a goal of his own from the circle.
With just over a minute left in the second period, the Bruins managed to get on the board with a wraparound goal by Chris Wagner that deflected off of a skate and into Hart’s net. But just eight seconds later, Phil Myers took the puck down the ice and fired a perfect shot from the slot that beat Halak top shelf.
In the final period, the Bruins seemed to have difficulty finding any kind of rhythm to mount a comeback, which was just fine for Philadelphia. Scott Laughton put his stamp on the day when he took the puck from the neutral zone, skated over the blue line, and roofed a shot into the Boston net.
While parts of the game lacked the intensity of a true playoff game, the Flyers showed their depth, with all four lines clicking, with Hart also performing well. The one negative out of the game came late in the third period when Jeremy Lauzon sent Raffl awkwardly into the boards. Raffl could not get up on his own, and needed assistance getting off the ice. No word has come from the team on his status, but if he’s not able to play come their next round robin game, on Thursday against the Washington Capitals, we can expect to see Joel Farabee make an appearance in the lineup.
Plus / Minus
▲ Michael Raffl, Travis Sanheim, Philippe Myers
▼ Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek
|0 for 2
|0 for 3
Stars of the Game
|NHL Official Three Stars
What Did They Say?
Alain Vigneault on Travis Sanheim and Phil Myers:
“Both excellent skaters, both great size, both young players that we put together and put faith and trust in them and tonight they played a real solid game.”
Nate Thompson on Carter Hart:
“He doesn’t look 21 to me. He’s pretty poised, even off the ice.”
Quotes courtesy of Amy Johnson for Rocket Sports Media
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Flyers are now 1-0 in the Round Robin, defeating the Bruins 4-1.— The Flyers Report (@theflyersreport) August 2, 2020
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