Flyers beat Bruins 2-1 in overtime; Elliot Desnoyers Impresses in Debut
The Philadelphia Flyers looked to exact their revenge on the Boston Bruins in their fourth preseason contest of the season. The Flyers dressed most of their starters with the exception of Claude Giroux, while the Bruins had a much more tame lineup than we saw on Thursday. Elliot Desnoyers made his NHL debut tonight on a line with Aube-Kubel and JVR… and he definitely impressed.
Nicholas Aube-Kubel was a man on a mission to start this game driving to the net on a couple of power moves that Jeremy Swayman just barely kept out. Max Willman, who was on the very young third line this game, stood out and had some eye-popping drives to the net early on as well.
Both the Flyers and the Bruins struggled to gain control for most of the period. It was a lot of back and forth action with the exception of a couple powerplays for the Flyers. Keith Yandle was dishing the puck constantly on both of the powerplays and I’m very excited about the distribution element he will add to the powerplay this season.
The sequence that garnered most of my attention was the one between Oskar Lindblom and 2020 5th-round pick Elliot Desnoyers; they kept the puck in and made the Bruins pay for a couple mistakes, and Desnoyers almost sniped his first NHL goal in his debut.
Elliot Desnoyers wasted no time making his presence felt in the second, fighting Bruins skater John Moore in his first ever NHL game. I already love this kid.
For a player that was drafted in the fifth-round just one year ago Desnoyers was extremely impressive. It didn’t come in the form of flashy plays and goals, but he seemed to be doing all of the little things you want a young player like him doing.
Lindblom found Atkinson on a bouncing stretch pass that resulted in a breakaway stopped by Swayman. James Van Riemsdyk also got a breakaway himself, but Swayman kept the door closed on both.
The Bruins would strike first on a greasy bounce, but the Flyers tied the game up five minutes later on a powerplay goal from Couturier. What a pass by our powerplay quarterback, Keith Yandle.
The Flyers and Bruins went into the third period deadlocked at one with both goalies having themselves a bit of a duel. Morgan Frost really started to turn up his play in third and almost potted a goal off a beautiful feed from Lindblom. Frost also hit Yandle with a clean snap pass for a point chance that caught my eye.
No goal, but this feed from Oskar Lindblom to Morgan Frost was mighty arousing. pic.twitter.com/4uJNrmmMWy— Ryan Quigley (@TheRyanQuigley) October 5, 2021
Most of this period was also a lot of dead action, with neither team doing much outside of a Flyers powerplay that managed to keep the puck in the Bruins zone for a full two minutes. The clock would bleed away, and onto overtime both teams went.
Travis Konecny and Ivan Provorov would make quick work of the Bruins and connect for a goal just 50 seconds into the frame and the Flyers won the game 2-1.
- Although he hasn’t been on the score sheet, I thought Morgan Frost was good in this game and had/created some grade-A chances.
- Travis Konecny has looked great to start this year especially tonight.
- Ryan Ellis is so silky.
- Joel Farabee rung the post in this game and almost converted on a chance in the crease.
- Carter Hart only allowed one goal on 25 shots.
- Elliot Desnoyers has continued to show why he belongs in camp and deserves the time he is getting.
- Keith Yandle snapped that puck on the powerplay all game.
Next Up: @ New York Islanders (7PM)
Mandatory Credit: Zack Hill