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Joel Farabee scores twice, Flyers penalty kill struggles in 4-2 loss to Bruins



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The Philadelphia Flyers have yet to win a game this preseason. A young lineup lost to the Bruins, 4-2, on Thursday night in Boston.

Joel Farabee scored both of the Flyers’ goals, while special teams struggled outside of that. Martin Jones allowed three goals on 11 shots during his half of the game.

Let’s get into it.

First period

The Flyers got physical early on. Nick Seeler and Rasmus Ristolainen both had hits in the early going.


It was a game full of penalties, and the Bruins took the first one to send the Flyers to the power play.

James van Riemsdyk and Joel Farabee made quick work in the corner with a nice give-and-go of sorts down low to open the scoring.

Farabee goal


But it was all downhill from there.

Cam York was called for crosschecking. It was a weak call, but the NHL has said that they’re cracking down on it this season


Of course, the Bruins took advantage. The Flyers’ penalty kill looked lost and Brad Marchand tied it up.


That was the first of three quick goals by the Bruins.

Nick Seeler took a hooking penalty against Taylor Hall less than two minutes after Marchand’s goal. Just over a minute later, Craig Smith converted off the rush.


The penalty kill is still working out the kinks in the early going and that showed on those two goals. Martin Jones is still working out the kinks as well and will want this one back.


Jones has to save that. But, it’s preseason, so hopefully, he’ll find his game by October 15th.

Those three Bruins goals in a 7:24 span gave Boston a 3-1 lead heading into the intermission.

Second period

The second period was less eventful, although the broadcast certainly had its moments.

The Flyers got a power play early in the period, but nothing was going for them on the man advantage. They got another one midway through the frame and JVR nearly had another assist with a great one-touch pass to Tyson Foerster in front. The 2020 first-round pick couldn’t put it home, though.

Felix Sandstrom came on in relief for Martin Jones midway through the period. Jones ended the night with eight saves on 11 shots. It’s not what you want to see, but the Flyers weren’t icing a great lineup in front of him.

Nick Seeler took his second penalty of the game in the second period. The Flyers’ penalty kill looked better here, including a strong shift by Nate Thompson

Unfortunately, Seeler’s night went from bad to worse after his turnover ended up in the back of the net.


The Bruins had another late power play that carried over into the third period and nearly scored in the final seconds.

The Flyers trailed the Bruins 4-1 after two periods of play.

Third period

There wasn’t a lot going on early in the third period with a lot of back-and-forth play.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel is looking to bounce back this season and hustled back on the backcheck here.


The Flyers got another power-play chance midway through the period. And this time, they scored.

Cam York started the power play with a keep at the blue line.


Later in the power play, York fed a great pass to Farabee, who blasted home his second power-play goal of the game.


The Flyers got a sixth power-play chance a few minutes later, but they couldn’t convert. They finished the night 2-for-6 on the power play.

The Bruins beat the Flyers, 4-2. The Flyers will be back in action on Saturday night in Philadelphia against the Washington Capitals.

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Ryan is a proud graduate of Monmouth University. He has covered the Philadelphia Flyers for the better part of a decade at various outlets, including Sons of Penn and Broad Street Hockey. Ryan has also worked for and NBC Sports Regional Networks. Whether it's a GIF, quick stat, analysis, or long-form column, he's got you covered.

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[…] The Philadelphia Flyers surely struggled against the Boston Bruins. The penalty kill was a mess, Martin Jones struggled. The only positive that came from the game was the play of Joel Farabee. He got a hefty contract this summer and looked strong as he netted two goals in the loss. (Philly Hockey Now) […]

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