Tuesday, October 19

Flyers looking to avenge previous losses to Bruins

The red-hot Philadelphia Flyers will seek their fifth straight victory when they host the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

The Flyers are coming off two-game sweeps against the New Jersey Devils and the New York Islanders.

Joel Farabee, just 20, led the way in Philadelphia’s 4-3 overtime win over the Islanders on Sunday with his first career hat-trick. James van Riemsdyk received four assists. He initially had three, but received a quarter from the league office the next day.

Farabee joined Mike Richards and Eric Lindros as the only Flyers with hat tricks before their 21st birthday.

“I feel very good about my game at the moment and I hope we continue to advance from here,” Farabee said.

The Flyers, 7-2-1, are off to their best start since 2002-03 despite being outscored in nine of those 10 games.

Now they are gearing up for two more games against the Bruins, who recently swept the Flyers. Goalkeeper Carter Hart allowed a total of 10 goals in those two losses on January 21 and 23.

But the Flyers have not flinched after tough losses.

“It’s a tough group,” said Kevin Hayes, who scored the winning goal in overtime on Sunday. “It’s very easy to point the finger and start to panic, but that doesn’t happen here.”

It’s unclear if Hart or backup Brian Elliott will start Wednesday. Both goalkeepers have played well during their four-game winning streak.

“We have two points in four straight games,” Hayes said. “Obviously we have to work on things. I know we gave up a two-goal lead. But in the end, we didn’t break.”

The Bruins will look to maintain their positive momentum with a second straight win.

After a 4-3 loss in overtime on Saturday against Washington, the Bruins (6-1-2) responded with a 5-3 victory against the Capitals on Monday. David Pastrnak scored his first two goals of the season as the Bruins rallied from an initial 3-0 deficit.

It was Pastrnak’s second game after recovering from hip surgery in the offseason.

“When they checked me out in the first game, I said I felt like a train hit me,” Pastrnak said. “I felt great during the first game, but the next morning was very difficult. I feel good again, and now let’s take the train to Philadelphia.”

Craig Smith also scored his third goal as a member of the Bruins to help score the comeback.

“These guys come to the court like they have something to prove,” said Smith, who played the past nine seasons with Nashville. “I want to be a part of it.”

The Bruins will try to avoid another slow start against the Flyers. Head coach Bruce Cassidy said after Monday’s victory that he will plead with his team to be more aggressive from the first meeting.

“We started attacking better, reaching the net,” Cassidy said after Monday’s win. “We talked about it after the second period, we just turned off too many shots. As a team, we’ve tried to make a conscious effort this year to be a little more direct and the plays will open up when you see them.”

–Field level media


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