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Edged in overtime

Strong showing from Twarynski, Konecny not enough in 4-3 OT loss to Bruins

by Bill Meltzer @BillMeltzer

In their next-to-last preseason game in North America, Alain Vigneault's Flyers fell 4-3 in overtime to Bruce Cassidy's Boston Bruins. The Flyers dropped to 1-2-2 on the exhibition season, while Boston improve to 2-0-2.

Below are some notes and observations from the game:

* Travis Konecny scored his first goal of the preseason, as did Connor Bunnaman... After coming away with the puck from a battle along the walls, Bunnaman attempted to pass it across. Instead it deflected off the stick of defender Trent Frederic and into the net past Vladar. 

* Carsen Twarynski scored in his second straight game... He knotted the game at 2-2 at 4:42 of the third period. There was a scramble in front off a Braun point shot and Twarynski cleans up the garbage in front. Great work by Laughton to dig puck loose from the paint. Laughton and Chris Stewart, who also got a touch, picked up the assists.Video: PHI@BOS: Twarynski bats puck out of air for goal

* Brian Elliott went the distance in net for the Flyers, stopping 18 of 22 shots. For Boston, Tuukka Rask played the first two periods and made 16 saves on 17 shots. Dan Vladar played the third period and OT, making 14 saves on 16 shots.

* The Flyers knotted the game at 1-1 at the 12:44 mark. Couturier pressured the puck down low along the boards on the forecheck. Behind the net, the Bruins gained possession but turned the puck over to directly van Riemsdyk. A quick tape-to-tape pass out later to an open Konecny at the doorstep, and it was a tie game after Konecny deposited the puck past Rask. JVR got the lone assist but Couturier also had a lot to do with it. Video: PHI@BOS: Konecny finishes feed from van Riemsdyk

* Boston got a 21-second two-man advantage as Carsen Twarynski was called for high-sticking. The Flyers got two clears -- starting with Kevin Hayes winning the draw against David Pastrnak by forcing the puck up ice with quick hands -- killed off the first end with no problem. Kevin Hayes had a potential shorthanded chance during the 5-on-4 portion of the kill but was broken up by Urho Vaakanainen as he pulled the puck to his backhand. The Flyers killed off the rest to go 14-for-14 on the preseason. Some solid PKing work by German Rubtsov was notable as well.

* In the second period, a succession of odd-man rushes ended with Boston making it 2-1 at 1:03. The first Bruins rush was well defended by Sanheim. The Flyers then had a 2-on-1 between and JVR. Rask made the save. Then the Bruins had a 2-on-1 and Marchand with the slam dunk off the Pastrnak feed. Sanheim was caught up ice, Myers went to Pastrnak. Once the past went across, Elliott had no chance.

* In the third period, some good defense by Phil Myers on Brad Marchand in front prevented a potential scoring chance as there was no room for Pastrnak to make a play to him.

* Boston tied the game at 3-3 with 1:46 left. Wagner scored off a Sean Kuraly pass. On the sequence, Myers tried to bat ahead an aerial puck, but it fell instead where it got past him. Sanheim then went all the way over to his partner's s/ide to try to help. The slot on Sanheim's original left-D side was left wide open.

* Pastrnak was denied by Elliott on a great chance near the buzzer set up by Marchard.

* In overtime, a good stick check by Gostisbehere broke up a developing play in the Flyers end. Moments later, Hayes was denied on breakaway and a follow-up attempt. At 1:12, Hayes was call for holding Wagner and Bruins got a 4-on-3 power play.

* The Bruins won the game on at 2:35 of OT. On a scramble around the net, Ellliott tried to reel in the puck in the paint after DeBrusk jabbed at it. The puck trickled slowly between the goalie's pads and over the goal line as the whistle blew. Assists to Marchand and Pastrnak.


TWARYNSKI: "I feel good. Camp in general this year, I came in better shape. Practices are high tempo with AV [Alain Vigneault] and they're tough so I was excited to just get into games finally. It's been a while from last season to show what a player can do in a game situation so I think my camp so far has been strong and I have to keep going game-by-game." 

KONECNY: "I was the last guy in the zone so I wasn't trying to dive in. JVR ended up with the puck behind the net there and I just went to the scoring area and he put it right on my tape."

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