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Flyers weather the Bruin storm and defeat Boston, 6-3

Olivia Reiner, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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The second line of left winger Joel Farabee, center Derick Brassard, and right winger Atkinson came off of a stellar performance in the Flyers’ 6-1 victory over the Seattle Kraken. Atkinson (one assist, plus-3), Brassard (one goal, two assists, plus-3) and Farabee (one goal, one assist, plus-3) collectively tallied six points and registered a plus-nine rating.

That chemistry continued to build in their third game against the Bruins. While the Flyers struggled to sustain offensive pressure in the first half of the first period, Atkinson broke out on a two-on-one rush off a pass from Brassard, faked a pass to Farabee, and scored on a wrist shot to put the Flyers up 1-0. It was just the Flyers’ second shot of the game to the Bruins’ eight.

“I think their D were pinching and Brass made a good play to me for a two-on-one,” Atkinson said after the first period. “I wanted to pass, but obviously I decided to shoot, and good things happen when I shoot.”

The line is also featured on the Flyers’ second power-play unit with defensemen Ivan Provorov and Ryan Ellis. On their first power play of the night in the first period, Ellis’ shot from the point was blocked up front and Farabee scored on a rebound to put the Flyers up 2-1. Ultimately, in addition to Atkinson’s third-period goal, the trio combined for three goals and three assists.

Highs and lows for Ristolainen

 

Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, the longtime Buffalo Sabre who missed the first two games with an upper-body injury, made his Flyers debut. In Ristolainen, the Flyers got some good and some not-so-good. The good came early in the first period when Ristolainen laid a heavy hit on Bruins center Charlie Coyle, who took out his frustrations on defenseman Travis Sanheim by tripping him on the ensuing play. The Flyers went on their first power play, which resulted in the Farabee goal.

Then, there was the not-so-good. Ristolainen’s failed to dump the puck into the Bruins’ zone in the first half of the second period, as Charlie McAvoy intercepted the puck and put a stretch pass on Hall’s tape. Hall scored on the breakaway to cut the Flyers’ lead to 3-2. Ristolainen was also in the vicinity on Marchand’s game-tying goal in the final minute of the second period. Ristolainen finished the night minus-1 with two penalty minutes.

What’s next

The Flyers conclude their season-opening, four-game homestand on Saturday when they face off against the Florida Panthers at 7 p.m. (televised on NBC Sports Philadelphia). The game marks the first time defenseman Keith Yandle will play against his former team since signing with the Flyers this offseason as a free agent. After their homestand, the Flyers will head to western Canada to begin a three-game road trip starting with the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

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