|FINAL | 2018-19 Preseason, Game 7 | Thursday, September 27, 2018
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Forward lines and defense pairings:
[one_half]van Riemsdyk – Patrick – Voracek
[one_half_last]Provorov – Gostisbehere
It was a familiar sight in the Flyers’ preseason outings: go down early, surge in a comeback attempt in the third, and fall short. The opening ten minutes or so of the last home game before the regular season seemed lackluster at best on both sides of the ice as the New York Rangers sort of went through the motions just as much as the host team.
Michael Raffl and Scott Laughton both had opportunities to score on Alexander Georgiev in the first period, and both forwards bungled their attempts. Slowly but surely, however, the Flyers crept up on the shot clock and began to show some emotion toward the end of the opening period. Then, with just about a minute left before intermission, Dale Weise headed to the penalty box on a holding call.
That infraction proved to be all the motivation the Rangers needed to finally get a puck past Carter Hart in the Philadelphia net. Vinni Lettieri buried his point shot just 34 seconds into the second period, which was all the ice-breaker that New York needed. Another 34 seconds later Brett Howden tipped in a goal on Hart’s glove side to make it 2-0 for the visitors.
The Flyers couldn’t find a way to convert either of their power play opportunities on the night, but the Rangers scored again on the man advantage after Christian Folin took a seat for tripping. This time it was Vladislav Namesnikov with a big slapshot from the circle who found his way through Hart.
For the third period, Philadelphia finally responded at about the 10-minute mark when Ivan Provorov connected on a pass from James van Riemsdyk and Mikhail Vorobyev to put the guys in orange on the board. Two minutes later, van Riemsdyk and Vorobyev paired up again to inch the Flyers closer to tying the game. A late empty-netter by Kevin Hayes denied the home crowd of any overtime play, and handed the Flyers their third regulation loss of the preseason.
Tyrell Goulbourne and Carsen Twarynski were subsequently released from the training camp roster and will report to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms as they continue their preseason weekend. The Flyers suit up for one more preseason game on Saturday in Boston when they take on the Bruins yet again.
▲ James van Riemsdyk, Mikhail Vorobyev, Ivan Provorov
▼ Michael Raffl, Scott Laughton, Tyrell Goulbourne
|0 for 2
|2 for 2
|NHL Three Stars
|Post-game interview with Dave Hakstol
Post-game interview with James van Riemsdyk
Post-game interview with Mikhail Vorobyev
Post-game interview with Carter Hart
Post-game interview with Scott Laughton
Interviews conducted by Amy Johnson for AHL Report
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