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Wrap: Flyers Pull Away in 3rd Pd, Beat Boston 6-3

October 21, 2021, 8:46 AM ET [311 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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The Philadelphia Flyers skated to a 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday evening. It wasn't a textbook game from an analytics standpoint -- in fact, the Flyers were upside down in most key metrics for the decided majority of the game, including scoring chance disparities and overall puck possession -- but the Flyers never trailed in the game.

Philly led by scores of 1-0 (first period) and 3-1 (second period). Even after Boston tied the game at 3-3 in the final minute before the second intermission, the Flyers responded right away in the final stanza. In fact, the third period was Philly's best of the game and their lead never really felt in danger again once they restored a two-goal margin.

Philadelphia also received strong goaltending from Martin Jones when they needed it. He severely outplayed his Boston counterpart, Jeremy Swayman on this night. Both teams had their share of turnovers, but the Flyers were the more opportunistic team in converting them into goals. These factors, along with staying out of the penalty box (1-for-1 on the power play) and scoring on two power plays of their own, decided the game.

Cam Atkinson (2nd goal of the season) and Joel Farabee (power play, 3rd) sandwiched first period goals around a Karson Kuhlman tally (1st) to send the Flyers to intermission with a 2-1 lead. Scott Laughton (1st) and Taylor Hall (1st) traded off second period goals before Brad Marchand (3rd) tied the game at 3-3 in the final minute of the stanza. Atkinson (2nd of the game, 3rd of the season) scored off a Farabee transition feed to restore a Flyers lead at 4-3 in the opening minute of the third period, Travis Konecny (3rd) aded some mid-period insurance. Sean Couturier (1st, power play) added an empty netter with a shot from his own blueline.

Jones made his first regular season appearance as a Flyer. He earned the win with 37 saves on 40 shots. Swayman was just so-so in goal for Boston on this night, getting outplayed by Jones. He finished with 19 saves on 24 shots.

For more, see the Postgame 5 on the Flyers official website. The Flyers have a complete off-day on Thursday. On Friday, they will return to practice at the Flyers Training Center in Voorhees. The season-opening homestand wraps up on Saturday, when the Florida Panthers pay a visit to the Wells Fargo Center.
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