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**Photo Credit – Heather Barry©**

By Rebecca Werez (@RWerez)

The Philadelphia Flyer’s new mascot, Gritty, was revealed on Monday morning before the home preseason game against Boston. Love him or hate him, he made a big impact across the internet, even earning a feature in TIME Magazine, and offered a sweet distraction for the fans before, and after, the Flyers suffered a 4-3 loss to the Bruins later that night.

Despite our mascot’s name, one thing is for sure: Grit is the one thing that was missing from this game. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Flyers had a shaky start. The only good thing to come out of the game’s early stages was that van Riemsdyk, Nolan Patrick and Jake Voracek looked as smooth as butter together.

Then, Andrew MacDonald had an ugly turnover which led to Bruins’ Stempniak striking first. Cue the sighing.

After the first Bruins goal, things went downhill.

A Shayne Gostisbehere rocket dinged off the post and fans held their breath, and in the blink of an eye, the Bruins’ Carlo gets the puck past a very slow and rusty Elliott, making the score 2-0.

Michael Raffl is then tackled but is inexplicably called for roughing, and it’s time for the penalty kill. It looked… decent. Not stellar, but decent.

The second period was nothing if not brutal, laden with penalties, sloppy passes, and a Bruins goal to top it off, courtesy of Chris Wagner.

When the third period started, the score was 3-0 Bruins. Two minutes and five seconds in, the score was 4-0 Bruins, with a turnover from Philippe Myers resulting in a goal from Stempniak.

Then, the tide turns. Dale Weise makes the score 4-1 with a short handed goal, assisted by Michael Raffl.

Captain Claude Giroux fires in a power play goal, with assists from van Riemsdyk and Voracek, making it 4-2.

A minute later, Travis Konecny blows one by the Bruins with a sick snipe to make it 4-3, with assists from Giroux and Hagg.

But alas, it was too little, too late. You can’t win a hockey game when you only play the last 20 minutes.

The main takeaways from the game:

  • The Flyers need to come to play for a whole 60 minutes if they expect to win games
  • Goaltending was our Achilles heel, and Elliott needs all the work he can handle to get back to where he needs to be if he’s going to be the Flyers starter to open the season
  • Good nights for Giroux, Provorov, Konecny, Vorbeyev, and Gostisbehere

A sloppy game from start to finish, the Flyers lose to the Bruins 4-3. They will play the New York Rangers on Thursday, 9/27 at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center in the penultimate preseason game.

Regular season hockey draws nigh.

 

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