Bruins notebook: B’s drop another one to Flyers

Keep in thoughts that roughly half the gamers in a Bruin uniform on Monday in Philadelphia received’t be on the Boston roster when the B’s open the common season subsequent week. Still, shedding by no means makes you are feeling good.

The B’s misplaced their third straight preseason recreation and second in a row to the Flyers, 3-1, managing only one power-play objective within the tilt. There hasn’t been a lot wow issue for the B’s on this preseason up to now. They play their fifth of six preseason video games on Tuesday in opposition to Washington on the Garden.

“We just weren’t sharp. We didn’t win enough battles,” mentioned Montgomery. “I didn’t think our puck support was quick enough offensively or defensively to get back on offense and in turn we just didn’t generate a lot of opportunities in the offensive zone because very rarely did we have the puck there.”

The B’s needed to kill three penalties within the first interval however they have been those who took the primary lead of the sport on the ability play. Charlie Coyle, in his first recreation of the preseason, made a wonderful backhand cross to an open Morgan Geekie within the new slot and Geekie snapped house his first as a Bruin. Matt Poitras, who had arrange two good probabilities earlier within the recreation, picked up the secondary helper. Poitras additionally received eight of 11 attracts.

Poitras, arguably the B’s finest participant, is makng it arduous for administration to ship him again to his junior staff in Guelph.

“I thought he did an excellent job. He shows a lot of poise with the puck, he makes plays, he makes intelligent support plays. He was someone who built our team game out there. Made a lot of smart hockey plays,” mentioned Montgomery.

The backside fell out for the B’s in second interval as he Flyers scored three unanswered, the primary two lower than a minute aside. First, a fortuitous Philly bounce handed Cam Atkinson the puck on the prime of the crease and he beat Jeremy Swayman on a backhander. Then Swayman, who’d been excellent within the first interval, allowed a Travis Konecny shot squeak by means of his pads to make it 2-1.

The Flyers later took a two-goal lead when Mike Callahan’s breakout cross was thwarted and Joel Farabee scored on a deflection. The B’s by no means bought again in it.

The B’s have been outshot 24-14

*While Poitras has put a superb foot ahead, it seems that Fabian Lysell isn’t but able to make the soar to the NHL. He noticed first line responsibility with Coyle and Jake DeBrusk and was a minus-1 with a penalty in 15:32 of icetime. Later within the recreation, Oskar Steen (three photographs, two hits, minus-1) changed Lysell on that line.

*Both Geekie (6-of-15) and Patrick Brown (4-of-11) had powerful nights within the faceoff circle. Geekie had the lone objective of the evening however completed at minus-2. Earlier within the day, coach Jim Montgomery mentioned Geekie had a gradual begin in camp however has come on recently.

“He started slow but gotten a lot better. And really good, actually,” mentioned Montgomery. “He’s starting to make a lot of smart plays. You see his strengths coming out, which is his speed and skill and his ability to think the game and build our team game. We’ve been happy with his development through camp.”

*Ian Mitchell, pushing to make the Boston roster on the again finish, took 5 photographs, none of which hit the online, in 21:44 of icetime.

“One of the few players I noticed in our lineup skating tonight but overall it’s hard to say because we didn’t have the puck much. When you don’t have the puck you’re chasing the game,” mentioned Montgomery…

The climb for Coyle so far in his profession has been lengthy and regular. But right here he’s, on the precipice of being a top-six centerman.

Now he’s simply bought to seize it.

With the retirement of each Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, Coyle and Pavel Zacha are actually the Bruins’ prime two facilities this season and it’s nonetheless a really a lot unanswered query as to how the staff will fare with that construction. But Coyle was a workhorse for the B’s final yr. He was second to solely David Pastrnak in complete minutes performed amongst Bruin forwards, third in even-strength ice time amongst B’s forwards and led all B’s forwards in penalty-killing time.

His 16-29-45 totals have been the very best since coming to Boston (his profession excessive was 18-38-56 in 2016-17 in Minnesota) and it was the fifth time in his profession that he performed all 82 video games.

It was the type of season that put him in a superb thoughts body to take this subsequent step in his profession.

“It’s huge,” mentioned the 31-year-old Coyle on Monday previous to entering into his first preseason recreation. “It does give you confidence in knowing what you’re capable of and what the coaching staff thinks of you when they put you out in certain situations like that. Playing those big minutes is huge. So I want to run with that and keep improving on that. You want to play as much as possible. We all love the game and we all want to play more minutes and play more meaningful minutes. That’s something I look forward to and want to work toward.”

Coach Jim Montgomery has repeatedly expressed confidence in each Coyle and Zacha with the ability to bump up within the lineup. While neither participant has but to publish a extremely prolific scoring season, they do give opponents a tricky measurement matchup with Coyle being 6-foot-3, 225 kilos and Zacha being 6-foot-4, 200 kilos; each are in terrific bodily situation.

“I think (last year) prepared him a lot and I think Charlie’s a guy who can handle a lot of ice. He’s blessed physically with his size but also with his capabilities and endurance,” mentioned Montgomery. “He’s a guy who can handle a lot of minutes, so it’s nice to have him and Pav. Pav’s very similar. They’re both workhorses, so them playing 19-20 minutes a night, that’s something they can do.”

While the B’s nonetheless have a number of our bodies in camp and there are nonetheless some transferring elements, the most effective guess proper now could be that Coyle will middle Brad Marchand, who has topped 80 factors 5 occasions in his profession, and Jake DeBrusk, who ought to threaten to attain at the least 30 objectives.

It may very well be an amazing probability for Coyle to extend his personal manufacturing.

“It’s an opportunity that’s available and I’m ready for it,” mentioned Coyle. “I’ve been working toward this my whole career and wanting to play in a role of this caliber. You always want improve your game. You want to be a guy who can be reliable in all situations and that’s what I pride myself on. I want to keep showing that and improving. We all want to play well, play more minutes and that’s something I look forward to, to work toward and just be a better player for this team because I know I can.” …

Quick hits

Montgomery mentioned that Jesper Boqvist, whom the B’s signed after the Devils didn’t qualify him, has taken a soar in current days.

“He started slow but gotten a lot better. And really good, actually,” mentioned Montgomery. “He’s starting to make a lot of smart plays. You see his strengths coming out, which is his speed and skill and his ability to think the game and build our team game. We’ve been happy with his development through camp.”

Boqvist had one shot on web, one hit and one takeway…

The B’s positioned goalie Kyle Keyser on waivers for the aim of task and despatched John Farinacci to Providence.