The Philadelphia Flyers headed up to Newark for a game against the New Jersey Devils, but the outcome wasn’t as important as the debuts of two big Flyers. Sam Morin was called up to make his NHL debut and the newly-signed Mike Vecchione was suiting up as well.
Sam Morin geared up for war in his first NHL game.
Mike Vecchione threw on the NHL threads for the first time.
Morin and Vecchione were both making their NHL debuts as they led the Flyers onto the ice for warmups.
Just a little initiation from the vets.
Looking good, boys.
Morin was great all game long. Early on he stood up multiple attempts at the blue line.
Then he made a nice play to knock the puck carrier off the puck and move it up ice in transition.
He made a few mistakes.
But he quickly learned from them.
He got caught flat-footed, but recovered nicely in the defensive zone.
One of his best plays came late in the third period on a near-breakaway chance.
He stayed with the speedy Taylor Hall and knocked him off the puck.
A great play in a great debut for Morin.
Shayne Gostisbehere approved of the debut.
Vecchione had a great chance in the first period, but he just missed connecting with the puck.
Right place, right time, Mike. It’ll come eventually.
He had a few nice plays in the third period as he grinded out his debut on the fourth line.
He was loving it.
Oh yeah, the Flyers lost in overtime.
Jake Voracek was tripped behind the play, but there was no call.
And the Devils scored on a 2-on-1.
It was a relatively boring game with a negative outcome, but the Flyers got two good debuts from pieces of next year’s club.
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