New line emerg­ing for Fly­ers

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz

Satur­day, much like the Bru­ins, the Fly­ers trended to­ward ro­botic when Konecny wasn’t on the ice.

Konecny’s hus­tle dur­ing a line change set up the puck move­ment on first Fly­ers goal, Cou­turier on his knees wrist­ing in a re­bound of a Vo­racek back­han­der at 8:54.

In the sec­ond pe­riod, Konecny used his speed to set up a power play goal by Schenn giv­ing the Fly­ers a 3-2 lead.

Konecny jumped through the crease, puck in tow but was un­able to get a back­hand on goal. The puck flew onto the stick of Schenn.

“I reached into my feet and it hit off my toe and my stick and bounced right back to him,” Konecny said. “I had some good bounces tonight. I guess if you’re work­ing hard the pucks just re­ally fol­low you around.” The not so good news was Konecny turned the puck over in the 3-on-3 over­time, ne­ces­si­tat­ing Michal Neu­virth to make a save on Austin Czarnik’s break­away. Neu­virth was sport­ing a mask with a sil­hou­ette of Ed Snider, the late owner of the Fly­ers.

Konecny didn’t help him­self in the shootout, ei­ther, as he failed to get a shot on Bru­ins goalie Mal­colm Sub­ban, los­ing con­trol of the puck. This is the time of year when prospects have to make it im­pos­si­ble for coaches and man­age­ment to move on with­out them.

“I’m try­ing to as best as I can,” Konecny said. “I don’t know be­cause I don’t know what they’re think­ing. So I don’t know if I’m mak­ing it tough or not. But in my head I’m just try­ing to work hard and do what­ever I can to stay as long as I can.”

Hak­stol was mea­sured in his re­marks when asked about Konecny and 19-yearold rookie de­fense­man Ivan Provorov, who played sound hockey. Provorov split the Bru­ins with a pass that sent Jor­dan Weal in alone for a break­away goal. Weal was the only Flyer to score in the shootout.

“There were ups and downs for our whole team,” Hak­stol said. “It was a tough team game to re­ally eval­u­ate be­cause it was a re­ally sloppy game. And I think ev­ery­body had their hand in it the two young guys in­cluded.

“They, along with a lot of oth­ers in that room have pushed the en­ve­lope, are do­ing their jobs and are mak­ing the de­ci­sion dif­fi­cult.”

The break­away Konecny al­lowed is one of those de­tails Hak­stol loathes. Be­fore the game Hak­stol in­di­cated Konecny – who played well in his pre­vi­ous start - needed to put two com­plete games to­gether.

“He has to keep build­ing,” Hak­stol said. “He has to keep go­ing out and play­ing good, 200-foot hockey. It’s not just all about the of­fense. You have to play 200 feet at this level. He did that a cou­ple of nights ago. Now he gets an­other good op­por­tu­nity tonight to keep tak­ing a step for­ward. It’s very com­pet­i­tive. But he’s done a good job. He’s earned his way into this game tonight and now he just has to go out and play with his in­stincts and also play with some de­tail in his game.”

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