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Talking Points: McLaughlin, Beecher Lead Way; Bruins Beat Flyers 4-0

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BOSTON – The Boston Bruins improved to 2-1 in the 2022-23 postseason with a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Bruins rookie forwards Marc McLaughlin and Johnny Beecher each had two goals in the win and goalie Linus Ullmark earned the shutout with a 21-save performance.

GOLD STAR: Marc McLaughlin has become one of a series of forwards on the roster bubble that continue to make the roster decisions tough on Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery, his staff and the team brass. After lighting the lamp three times in his first 11 NHL games last season, McLaughlin has continued to impress in training camp and the preseason. The former Boston College forward gave the Boston Bruins a 1-0 lead on the powerplay 7:09 into the second period and then made it 2-0 Bruins 11:55 into the third period.

BLACK EYE: Boston Bruins winger Fabian Lysell was originally slated to be sitting up top in the press box Saturday but head coach Jim Montgomery decided to go with the Swedish rookie winger and rest superstar winger David Pastrnak. Montgomery felt Lysell had earned another shot to skate in the top 6 forward group before making a decision on his fate for the 2022-23 regular season. Lysell was the recipient of a devastating back reverse check from Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen 3:02 into the second period and left the ice hunched over in pain. Lysell would not return but following the game, Montgomery told the media that it was a ‘minor’ injury that would only keep Lysell out ‘for a day or two’. The same goes for winger Taylor Hall who also left the game early.

TURNING POINT: Ironically, the hit on Lysell 3:02 into the middle frame seemed to wake the Boston Bruins up. After the Lysell hit, the Bruins clearly had more energy and purpose.  McLaughlin would get his first goal of the game just 4:07 later on the powerplay and the Bruins were on their way, scoring the next three consecutive goals.

HONORABLE MENTION: Johnny Beecher continues to make a case for a roster spot. The former University of Michigan forward lit the lamp twice on Saturday. Beecher made it 3-0 Bruins 15:23 into the final frame and then sealed the deal with a shorthanded empty-netter 1:48 later.

Linus Ullmark should also get some love here as he kept the Boston Bruins in the game in the first period, when they were flat and seemingly skating in quicksand. Ullmark stopped all eight Flyers shots he faced in the opening frame.

BY THE NUMBERS: Tale of the Tape: Nick Wolff (6-foot-5, 223 pounds) vs Zack MacEwen (6-foot-3, 205 pounds)

QUOTE TO NOTE: “He had a real impactful game. It’s great; we have a lot of good depth up front, and on the backend. So, decisions are getting tougher and tougher and that’s what us as coaches and management, we’re looking to see.” – Montgomery on McLaughlin and other players making it tough for the Bruins to cut them.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Isaac

B’s should NOT send McLaughlin down to Providence— he’s ready to play in the NHL and it sends the wrong message. Lack of scoring in the bottom six is what keeps the B’s from winning a Cup. Why on earth would you play Foligno (who is never going to score) over McLaughlin at this point?

Aramist70

Lack of toughness is what has kept the B’s from winning the cup!!EVERY YEAR and it’s the reason our top players get injured or concussed or our tiny D men who get ptsd during the playoffs and won’t go into the corners to retrieve the puck ya you Grz and Reilly we have not 1 player since the gift of a chance to steal a cup against St. Louis fell flat the minute Chara got a broken jaw.Every year we have our top players either getting targeted with and without cheap shots or high hits that we have no one… Read more »

Jaz00000

As we saw yesterday, Wolff could be that missing toughness that the Bs desperately need on the backend. He put a thumping on one of the tougher players in the league (McEwen).

Alex Charron

I don’t see a tough decision at all trade Foligno or send him down also send lysell down also, he needs a little more time playing with the big boys before he gets hurt bad . The players are way bigger and faster here than Jr.

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