The Bruins gave up a two goals from the Cates brothers, including the late go-ahead goal, and dropped new coach Jim Montgomery’s preseason debut, 2-1, to the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday.
The bright spots for the B’s were where one might hope they’d be, two young players players who are looking to establsih themselves.
Jakub Zboril, playing his first game since undergoing ACL surgery, looked confident and strong with the puck all night. Though eh took a late penalty, Zboril played a team-high 25:05, blocking two shots and landing two shots. Jakub Lauko, meanwhile, scored the the B’s lone goal and was all around the play, landing four shots on net and compiling four hits in 12:45.
The B’s did not get the result, however.
Jackson Cates broke a 1-1 tie with 4:40 left in the third period, tipping home an Egor Zamula point shot off a Bruin turnover, beating Kyle Keyser and that held up as the winner.
With the B’s trailing 1-0 in the third period, Lauko had tied the game with 7:10 left in regulation. Lauko, who had several good chances earlier in the game, gathered a feed from Josdiah Didier in the high slot and ripped a low wrister that beat Troy Grosenick.
The Flyers took a 1-0 lead early in the second period on a 5-on-3 opportunity. With Didier already in the box, Lauko took an hooking penalty right off the faceoff to give Philly the two-man advantage. Shortly thereafter, Morgan Frost made a pretty backhand to Noah Cates, who tucked it past Keith Kinkaid for the 1-0 Flyer lead.
The B’s had owned the first period, thanks to numerous Flyer penalties. But the B’s could not capitalize on their opportunities, including their own 5-on-3. Jack Studnicka, Fabian Lysell and Lauko all had glittering chances that wouldn’t go. Studnicka also had a goal called back in the first due to a quick whistle.
There were a couple of fights as well. After Connor Carick decked Antoine Roussel with a perfect hit but he had to answer to Wade Allison. Then in the second period, A.J. Greer did his best to avenge a Hayden Hodgson hit on Didier. Both Greer and Allison got tagged with instigator calls.