Featuring a much more NHL look Monday night, the Flyers earned a 3-1 preseason win over the Bruins at Wells Fargo Center.
Cam Atkinson, Travis Konecny and Joel Farabee provided goals for the Flyers.
Morgan Frost had two assists, while Owen Tippett, Sean Couturier and Ronnie Attard each had one assist.
The Flyers improved to 2-2-1 in the preseason. They still have one more game to play before the regular season opener on October 12.
After evaluating the first four exhibition games from the top alongside general manager Danny Briere, head coach John Tortorella returned to the bench.
Could the final preseason game be a dress rehearsal?
“I think in my mind right now he’s going to be close to our lineup,” Tortorella said. “Dani and I, it’s difficult to talk straight after the game, we’ll talk tomorrow. We’ve had great conversations about what he needs for the future, just to see the players. We’ll have that conversation. If he needs to see some players before we make a decision on them, they’ll be involved.” But I think we both think it will be very close to what we feel our lineup will be. “Maybe there will be one or two different centers on this side.”
• Bobby Brink, Tyson Forrester and Wade Allison, who are all vying for tight end jobs on the offensive line, had another chance to make an impression on the Flyers’ decision-makers.
Brink did not score but showed his vision and intelligence on the power play. He was one of the Flyers’ best players in camp and in the preseason.
“He made a lot of plays tonight,” Tortorella said. “The puck follows him everywhere. You can see he’s looking for the next play, and I think he has that innate ability that you can’t teach to see the next play. He continues to impress.”
Forster did not score and finished with one shot. The Flyers’ power play had good time in the zone but was unable to score in 8:03 minutes of action. The 21-year-old winger was in charge of his two-man game, but the attack wasn’t quite there.
“I thought Tyson’s 5-on-5 game was good,” Tortorella said. “I think he’s fighting a little bit on the power play.”
After producing his best pre-season performance on Saturday, Alisson continued to play in the final six minutes. He had five hits and a blocked shot. He definitely played his game.
• Tortorella believes defensive prospect Igor Zamula “played really well” Friday night in Boston. This was the 23-year-old’s first pre-season match.
In Zamula’s second game, also against the Bruins, he didn’t have the puck on his stick as much and was good in the defensive zone. However, it didn’t hurt his chances on the roster.
With Attard, Tortorella felt there was “a little bit of a struggle in his game” Saturday night against the Devils.
The 24-year-old defenseman had a more confident look Monday night. He was a plus-2 and blocked four shots. Good response from him.
“I suspect [he was] “More assertive, I think he wanted to try to play,” Tortorella said. “He got an assist on goal. I focus a lot on the strikers and what’s happening there, and I have to watch the tape. But I noticed Rooney more tonight.”
“He still made some mistakes, but I think he tried to make plays. I think that’s very important. We just don’t want him.” [playing the puck] Off the glass, we want to try to make more plays. “You talk about Bobby and all that, we need to create more and get more balls by making more plays.”
• Samuel Ersson helped his case in the reserve goalkeeping competition. He was not tested much but played the entire match and recorded 13 saves.
Ersson is competing with Cal Petersen and Felix Sandstrom for the No. 2 job.
Through three games, Ersson has stopped 33 of 37 shots. Two of the four goals he allowed were to David Pastrnak.
Ersson turns just 24 later this month and is still considered waivers. He’ll be the guy in Lehigh Valley if the Flyers get him to open the season in the AHL. Either way, pilots feel like it’s part of the future.
“It’s really out of my control,” Ersson said. “I know all I can do is focus on the games and try to perform.” “That’s what I did. I’ve been very happy with my performance so far.
“I know I have to keep proving myself, this is where I am and I keep working.”
After a shaky start to the preseason, Petersen rebounded in a big way three days ago at TD Garden.
With the Kings looking to clear cap space this offseason, Petersen came to the Flyers in the three-team Ivan Provorov trade. He turns 29 this month and will have to clear waivers if he is sent to the Phantoms. The $5 million annual cap hit over the next two seasons could keep clubs away from trying to claim him.
Boston backup Jeremy Swayman stopped 21 of the Flyers’ 24 shots.
• Atkinson tied the game early in the second period when he backhanded the ball into the net.
“I feel good, I feel like I’m putting myself in more difficult spots and I felt kind of comfortable bouncing off shots and making plays and holding on to the puck,” Atkinson said. “I will continue to feel better and more confident.”
Even with it being a preseason goal, one had to feel good. Atkinson missed all of last season with a neck injury. The 34-year-old winger was playing in his second exhibition match. He hopes to eventually play third place.
“Once you get through the first game, I think your timing will improve a little bit in the second game, and by the third time, you’re getting ready to start the regular season,” Atkinson said Saturday. .
Couturier’s assist was his first point in three preseason games. It looked better and better.
“I thought it was probably the best I’ve looked since camp,” Tortorella said. “He made some good plays. Just what he makes, just those little plays that people don’t think about, he’s very powerful that way.”
• Cam York saw his first action since the season opener a week ago. The 22-year-old defender missed some training due to an undisclosed injury.
The Flyers are looking at York and Rasmus Ristolainen as a potential pairing on opening night.
“Obviously the less time we can spend in the D is a lot better and a lot more ideal, so I think for us, our game plan is just to try to defend quickly, get out of there as quickly as possible and go there,” York said Monday morning. Play offense.” “Offensively, that’s where I feel I’m really good and I can shine.”
• The Flyers trimmed their roster by nine players on Monday afternoon. More on the cuts and final place battles here.
• After a day off on Tuesday, the Flyers practice on Wednesday (11 a.m. ET) and host the Islanders to wrap up the preseason on Thursday (7 p.m. ET/NBCSP).
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