Coyle’s line a possession buzzsaw, Clifton’s eventful night & more takeaways from Bruins’ preseason win over Flyers

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The Bruins dominated the Flyers to secure their first win of the preseason, posting a 3-1 victory on the road Thursday night. For reference, here was the Bruins’ lineup for the matchup:

Bjork – Coyle – Heinen
Blidh – Kuraly – Backes
DeBrusk – Studnicka – Kuhlman
Cehlarik – Gaunce – Lantosi

Lauzon – Clifton
Vaakanainen – Petrovic
Zech – Didier


Here are four takeaways from Thursday’s victory:

Boston’s potential third line dominates

Even with Bruce Cassidy’s roster still missing many key NHLers both up front and along the blue line, the Bruins still suffocated a physical Flyers bunch on Thursday — limiting Philly to just 33 shot attempts and 16 total shots on goal during 5v5 play en route to a 3-1 victory. 

While numerous forward combinations and D pairings operated for extended stretches in the Flyers’ zone, no group was more impactful than the combination that could serve as Boston’s third line once regular-season hockey gets underway on October 3.