Yesterday afternoon, the Flyers rookies lost 4-3 to the Capitals rookies. The game should have been available online at the Flyers website, but they had technical difficulties and couldn’t broadcast the game. And unfortunately there are no reports from actual reporters for me to get a lot of information from. So most of my information comes from the following three sources:
- Frank Seravalli tweeted live from the game
- Brief recap on the Flyers website
- Live reporting from the Flyers website yesterday (I don’t see it online anymore, so I’m mostly going from memory)
Sergei Bobrovsky started in net for the Flyers and played the first two periods before giving way to Adam Morrison (hopefully he doesn’t grow a ridiculous mustache like he other Adam Morrison). He let in a pair of goals, but I think faced a ton of shots (12-13 in the first period). Numbers wise, that seems pretty good, considering the guys in front of him probably don’t form a good defensive unit yet. As for how he actually looked, I get the impression from Seravalli that he looked a bit shaky at first and then settled down a bit. I know one of the goals he gave up was from the point, but there was a screen in front. Can’t really blame the goalie to often there. It’d be nice to see some highlights to judge him better.
Mike Testwuide made his mark offensively as well. He picked off a d-to-d pass and went on a 2-on-1 the other way. He fed the puck over to Ben Holmstrom to knot the game at 1. Seravalli also mentioned that he broke some ankles with some nice stickwork but couldn’t finish the job. I guess the only thing we can take out of this is that he was aggressive and really pushed himself to standout in some way. I’m really looking forward to seeing him play with the vets once preseason games start in 4 days.
Finally, Marc-Andre Bourdon had the honor of being the Flyers’ captain during the game. He came through in the clutch as the Flyers battled from being down 3-1 to tie the game in the last 6 minutes on his goal. Sucks that they wasted the rally by giving up the game winner with 1:16 to go. But as for Bourdon, I guess the team has some high expectations for him. Maybe he’ll be the surprise of training camp and will earn a roster spot. If he does, I definitely expect the Flyers to try to move someone else for salary cap reasons; we don’t want a guy making a few million to sit on the bench, game after game.
Last thing of note is that while the live feed wasn’t working, whoever was doing the periodic updates mentioned that both teams were throwing some hits. Two guys dropped the gloves but didn’t put on much of a show. I like hearing about all this aggressiveness. The young guys know that they need to showcase themselves and get the coaches attention. As I’ve mentioned a million times, there just isn’t that much room on the roster, and for someone to make it would be a surprise.
- The rookies wore the new road jerseys yesterday, which are exactly what the Flyers wore last season at the Winter Classic. They will be officially unveiled today.
- Carter smoked Richards in a race at practice yesterday, and posted the best time for anyone on the team. He’s been skating for a few weeks already, Richards just got into town. It’s nice to see Carts showing some dedication. We know he’s talented and has a sick wrister, but he always seems to not care. Maybe this year he finally changes our minds.
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