Flyers 7, Caps 3
The Caps pulled even at 2 on a second-period goal by 2009 draft pick Cody Eakin, but it was all Philly from there in a physical game marked by tons of penalties. The bottom line was this: The Flyers dressed an older and more experienced lineup Friday afternoon and it showed.
Here's some postgame reaction from Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.:
*Although James Van Riemsdyk had four goals and an assist for the Flyers' rookies, an argument could be made that Caps' prospect John Carlson was the best player on the ice. He was solid in his own end, wasn't afraid to join the rush and never let up, even when the game was well out of hand.
More important, Carlson ended rookie camp on a high note, sending him into next week's main camp feeling confident.
"On our team, he was by far the best," Coach Bruce Boudreau said of the 2008 first-rounder. "It will obviously be different next week against the big guys. But he showed a lot of confidence, played a lot and even when the score got out of hand, he never quit. He was still rushing the puck, looking for that shot and that just goes to show his character."
*Finley's first game as winger ended with a bang. He got into a late fight with 235-pound Garrett Klotz and held his own.
"That was good for his confidence," Boudreau said. "Klotz is a pretty tough kid and he's 24 years old. Joe met the challenge and did an okay job."
*Anton Gustafsson, another first rounder from 2008, wasn't as noticeable as he probably should have been. Boudreau continued to attribute Gus's tentativeness to the huge Sweden-to-North America adjustment he's making.
"It's all part of the process," Boudreau said. "It's a feeling-out process. We introduced some system stuff to them. But we haven't said, don't be afraid to not sit back and go at them. It's not an easy thing. It takes some guys weeks and months."
*The Caps' goals were scored by Benjamin Casavant, Cody Eakin and Michael Dubuc, who had an impressive rookie camp on the heels of a standout performance in development camp in July.
*The Flyers scored four goals on 12 shots against Braden Holtby, who wasn't as sharp as he had been earlier this week. But to be fair, he didn't get a whole lot of help.
*Defenseman Josh Godfrey, who had an assist, missed the third period with a hip pointer. No idea if he'll be ready for main camp.
*You could have seen this coming: Richmond, Va., native Ryan Jasinsky got into two fights with Matt Clackson. Jasinsky, who was one of the best fighters in the QMJHL last year, traded jabs with Clackson in the first bout. He suffered a cut on his right hand in the first-period fight, but came back for more in the third. At least Jasinsky's knows what's going to get him to the pros.
*The Caps now lead the rookie series with the Flyers two games to one.
That's for now. I'll check in tomorrow from media day at KCI.
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