RECAP | Bruins – Flyers: Frost Shines in Debut, Philly Comes Up Short Again

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Boston Bruins vs Philadelphia Flyers Game Recap: Line-up, Score, Game Report, Statistics, Highlights, Post-game Interviews, Three Stars, Rocket Sports Media

FINAL | Exhibition Game 3, Home Game 2| Thursday, September 19, 2019
Well Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA






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Flyers Lineup

Forward lines

Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Joel Farabee

James van Riemsdyk – Morgan Frost – Jakub Voracek

Andy Andreoff – German Rubtsov – Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Carsen Twarynski – Connor Bunnaman – Kyle Criscuolo

Defense pairings

Ivan Provorov – Matt Niskanen

Shayne Gostisbehere – Philippe Myers

Tyler Wotherspoon – Justin Braun

Chris Bigras – Robert Michel


Brian Elliott – Alex Lyon





Game Report

Having dropped both of their first preseason games this season, the Philadelphia Flyers came back to home ice on Thursday night for their first tilt against someone other than the New York Islanders: the Boston Bruins.

The night would also mark the pre-season debut for captain Claude Giroux and new blueliner Matt Niskanen, as well as forward prospect Morgan Frost who had been sidelined with an injury early in training camp.

With Travis Konecny not slated to play a game until Saturday, head coach Alain Vigneault stayed true to his word, that he prefers to put young players with top veterans to give them an opportunity to showcase what they can potentially offer the Flyers if they were to make the NHL roster, by placing Joel Farabee on the top line with Giroux and Sean Couturier and Frost centering the second line between James van Riemsdyk and Jakub Voracek.

The first period was noticeably more intense than the previous two games, with the Bruins playing hard and fast with the puck. Netminder Brian Elliott was peppered with shots early on, as the Flyers struggled to stay out of the defensive zone. But Philadelphia’s young players stepped up to the challenge and demanded to be noticed.

Andy Andreoff scooped up the puck on a breakaway and made a clean cross-crease pass to Frost who was stopped just short of scoring by Boston goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Halak would continue to play spoiler for the youngsters, denying Frost again later in the period on an easy would-be tap-in, and freezing Farabee out on the doorstep.

After the Bruins took a 1-0 lead on a relatively easy goal for Danton Heinen, it was Niskanen’s turn to make sure the Wells Fargo Center crowd and his new coaching staff took notice of him. Accepting a perfectly placed cross-ice feed from Giroux, Niskanen blasted a shot from the point past Halak, with Farabee providing a nice screen in front.

The second period was a different story. Sluggish, sloppy play – particularly by the Flyers defense – and not much in terms of offensive zone pressure. Peter Cehlarik gave the Bruins a go-ahead goal on a bad line change for the Flyers.

As scheduled, Elliott sat out in the third period to give Alex Lyon 20 minute in the crease. Lyon was strong early in the period when he had back-to-back saves, one where he controlled a rebound nicely and then a quick glove save moments later. But Boston wasn’t sitting back, and the Flyers continued to struggle getting out of the defensive zone. 

Capping off the scoring for the night was a breakaway goal by Connor Clifton as he exited the penalty box and scored with a little deke and backhand shot on Lyon.

Despite getting plenty of opportunities on the man advantage, the Philly power play units continued to come up empty, going 0-for-13 so far in the preseason. That, coupled with defensive breakdowns and sloppy play late in the game, led the Flyers to their third loss in as many games for the preseason.

After the game our AHL Report team had the chance to speak with head coach Scott Gordon, as well as Frost, Farabee, Sandstrom, and Rubtsov. Listen to the full audio of those interviews in the player below.

Plus / Minus

▲  Morgan Frost, Matt Niskanen, Shayne Gostisbehere

▼  Carsen Twarynski, Tyler Wotherspoon

The Numbers

 Game Statistics 
24 Shots 34
49% Face-off % 52%
0 for 5 Power Play 0 for 2
4 Penalty Minutes 10
20 Hits 15
 Scoring Summary
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
Flyers (0-2-1-0) 1 0 0 1
Bruins (1-0-1-0) 1 1 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • PHI: Niskanen (1)
  • BOS: Heinen (1), Cehlarik (1), Clifton (1)
  • PHI: Elliott/Lyon (L)
  • BOS: Halak/Lagace (W)

Stars of the Game​​

 NHL Official Three Stars
  1. Connor Clifton  BOS
  2. Danton Heinen  BOS
  3. Morgan Frost  PHI


 Video Highlights 

What Did They Say?

 Post-game Interviews

Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for The Flyers Report / AHL Report

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