Flyers vs. Islanders: Samuel Ersson bolsters his case in preseason finale

The Flyers wrapped up their first preseason beneath John Tortorella with a 4-3 time beyond regulation loss Tuesday night time to the Islanders on the Wells Fargo Center.

Noah Dobson gained it for New York on an influence play objective with 7.3 seconds closing in the bonus consultation.

Scott Laughton, Owen Tippett and Tanner Laczynski scored the Flyers’ objectives.

Tippett, taking part in his 5th exhibition sport and due for a marker, buried a pleasing move from Kevin Hayes to tie the sport in the 3rd duration.

Laughton scored at shorthanded. He went to his go-to breakaway transfer to snap a scoreless tie in the second one duration.

Samuel Ersson reinforced his case to be the Flyers’ backup goalie with 15 saves on 15 photographs.

The Flyers went 1-4-1 in the preseason and have been outscored 16-8.

“I don’t want us to overthink the record of our preseason, the lack of goal scoring. You guys will remind us of that,” Tortorella stated postgame. “I simply need us to be ready to play the way in which I feel we will have to play, the way in which we expect we will have to play. We’ve mentioned that.

“Now you get to a small number, it’s not camp mentality where you’re mixing and matching people. It’s finding combinations and instilling a concept for us to play as a team.”

• Laczynski performed his absolute best and maximum noticeable sport of the preseason. He used to be energetic and flashed offensively. He punctuated his 5th exhibition sport with a go-ahead breakaway objective in the 3rd duration.

The 25-year-old is aiming to win the membership’s fourth-line middle process.


“I think Tanner’s given us some good minutes, I think there’s a little bit of a learning curve that he has to go through,” Tortorella stated. “I like his body, he’s long, I think he’s willing. We’re going to meet tomorrow as a management staff and a coaching staff and talk about all this. We’ll see where it goes.”

• A excellent bite of the Flyers’ regulars noticed little to no preseason motion. The Flyers are being extremely precautious with accidents.

As a end result, they were given an extended take a look at more youthful items and roster hopefuls. And as anticipated, the Flyers did not remove darkness from the scoreboard.

Like ultimate season, they’ll be in a combat to attain objectives in 2022-23. Tortorella for sure is aware of his workforce. His focal point is slicing down the objectives in opposition to and outworking groups.

“We’re going to have to grind,” Tortorella stated Tuesday morning. “Goal scoring you talk about, it’s not a team filled with those type of players. We’re going to have to play well away from the puck and we’re going to have to grind with a forecheck and go about our business that way.”

• If Felix Sandstrom is not wholesome, Ersson really well may well be the Flyers’ backup goalie on opening night time.

The 22-year-old could have earned it. The Flyers sought after to offer their goalie potentialities an actual stab on the No. 2 process. During rookie camp and the preseason, Ersson proved he is not most effective wholesome, however that he may also be relied upon.

“I think I had some good games, I showed what I can do,” Ersson stated. “Try not to overthink it. I just go out there, try to stop pucks and then see what happens.”

The Swedish prospect denied Josh Bailey two times in the overall minute and alter of the primary duration to stay the sport scoreless.

He completed the preseason with 54 saves on 57 photographs via portions of 4 outings. He has given the Flyers a excellent choice, particularly in the wake of the Sandstrom damage. The fellow Swede is coping with a lower-body factor. He rehab skated Tuesday morning.

Troy Grosenick relieved Ersson halfway in the course of the sport. The 33-year-old gave up 4 objectives on 18 photographs. Two of them have been with the Flyers shorthanded.

He stopped 60 of 70 photographs in portions of 4 video games. 

New York’s No. 1 netminder Ilya Sorokin stopped 30 of the Flyers’ 33 photographs.

• On an influence play past due throughout the second one duration of a 1-1 sport, Cam York discovered himself in a difficult spot and used to be uncovered via Casey Cizikas.

The 21-year-old defenseman seemed indecisive on a puck bouncing towards the Flyers’ blue line. Cizikas, an skilled 31-year-old middle, put the puck previous York after which outmuscled him for it earlier than backhanding a shot previous Grosenick.

“He was on his toes. When a defenseman gets on his toes, it’s really hard,” Tortorella stated. “Cizikas is a pretty good player. You can’t get beat 1-on-1, we all know that. I think he’s trying, but he ends up on his toes and that’s a tough play for a defenseman to recover from when they get there.”


The head trainer is OK with errors, however he needs them to be competitive errors.

“At the end of the day, it’s a play I’ve got to make,” York stated. “I do know I’ve were given to be higher.

“It’s a play you’ve got to have. It’s a bouncing puck. Guy makes a nice diving play. That’s that.”

Tortorella and his workforce had been pushing York during camp. They’re going to be onerous at the most sensible prospect and he is aware of it.

“You can’t have soft skin,” York stated Tuesday morning. “You’ve were given to simply accept what he is announcing. In the instant, you could be pissed off and pissed off, however it is for the easier.

“Just continuing to build a relationship with him and the staff is going to be important.”

How has York answered?

“OK. OK. There’s more there,” Tortorella stated Tuesday morning. “And we predict that. We do not be expecting to hit a house run with him at the moment. He’s on our radar so far as how we need to care for.

“To me, it’s mental. It’s wanting to make a difference and be more consistent doing that. It’s a tough hurdle to climb, to go over. Because some kids, you can be OK. Or you can be really good, that’s when you make a difference, being really good is making a difference. Those are the things we have to go through the process with him. We didn’t expect this to happen overnight.”

York misplaced his energy play time in the 3rd duration. He’ll be nice. The misplay on Cizikas is a superb studying second. The Flyers want his strengths in their lineup.

• Ryan Fitzgerald, who were rehabbing a lower-body damage, used to be cleared and assigned to AHL associate Lehigh Valley.

The Flyers’ roster is at 44, together with injured gamers. More cuts will come Wednesday. The crew is scheduled to be off the ice and has 8 days to organize for its regular-season opener.

The roster will have to be trimmed to a max of 23 gamers and submitted via 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 10. The Flyers kick off the steady season Oct. 13 in opposition to the Devils on the Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m. ET/ESPN+, Hulu).

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