On Thursday night, A.J. Greer did his best to lay claim to a roster spot on the Bruins with a two-goal, seven-hit performance.
On Saturday, it was Marc McLaughlin’s turn to raise his hand. McLaughlin,the Billerica native and former Boston College captain, scored two goals to lead the B’s to a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at the Garden in the club’s third of six preseason game.
McLaughlin can still be sent to Providence without being exposed to waivers, and the B’s have a few players who need to go through waivers to be sent down. But he’s making it difficult for GM Don Sweeney to make what seemed like an easy decision at the start of camp.
John Beecher also added a pair of goals late in the game and Linus Ullmark went the distance for the shutout.
The B’s went with a top heavy lineup and, with some veterans like David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron playing their first game of the preseason, there was some noticeable rust.
But after surviving some Flyer power-plays, the B’s took the lead at 7:09 with the second power-play unit getting on the board. Newcomer Pavel Zacha won a puck deep on the left side and pushed it out high to Jack Ahcan. Ahcan let it rip and McLaughlin tipped it home from the slot past Troy Grosenick. The B’s still have the option to send McLaughlin to Providence without exposing him to waivers, but he’s not making it easy on management to pull that particular trigger.
Earlier in the second period, the B’s lost prime prospect Fabian Lysell when the Flyers’ Rasmus Ristolainen nailed him on a reverse hit in the corner. Lysell was slow to get up and skated off favoring his right shoulder. It did not look good.
Also in the second, the Flyers’ Zac MacEwen was looking to start something after Philly went down by a goal. After he crosschecked Nick Foligno, 6-foot-5, 225-pound defenseman Nick Wolff jumped to his defense. Wolff had been fighting the puck up until then but he found a way to make an impact, hammering away at MacEwen before wrestling him to the ice.
In the third, McLaughlin scored his second grimy goal of the game, jamming home a loose puck at the side of the net on a second effort.
Beecher then scored his first goal when Derek Forbort’s pass went off his skate wiht4:37 left and then he used his speed to score an empty-netter.