Rookies, Bobrovsky Steal Flyers A Win

10 Jan

The Flyers haven’t had many games where a goalie has stolen the game. Considering the way their defense played, that didn’t appear likely on Tuesday. With the normal suspects coming up empty on the scoresheet, Sergei Bobrovsky was able to do it though. He stole the Flyers a 2-1 win with a pair of rookies taking over the scoring duties for the night.

Defensive problems have had the Flyers behind the 8-ball the past couple of games. According to one report, the team even talked about it for an hour on Monday, but on Tuesday it didn’t appear to help much.

In the first period, the Flyers came up limp in their defensive end, allowing 11 shots. Bobrovsky had an answer for all of them. Claude Giroux tried to erase a two-game silence with a great scoring chance six seconds into the game, but that was as close as the Flyers got to beating Cam Ward in the first.

With stars like Giroux, Jaromir Jagr and Danny Briere silent, the Flyers’ rookies took over. A little more than four minutes into the middle period, Brayden Schenn scored his second goal of the year on a rebound from a Wayne Simmonds chance.

Jerome Sansom finally beat Bobrovsky on a third effort on a Carolina power play with Kimmo Timonen in the penalty box for interference. Bobrovsky stopped two slapshots back-to-back, but couldn’t control the rebounds on the high-powered shots. Sansom was all alone in front and had an empty net to shoot in.

Instead of Giroux’s line — which has now gone scoreless in three games for the first time all season — it was another rookie who stepped up.

Sean Couturier took the puck into the Carolina end and for some reason, the Hurricane defender peeled off, giving him a clear path to the net. Couturier skated closer to the net and beat Ward on the short side. With the two goals and an assist from Harry Zolnierczyk, the Flyers now have 57 points from their rookies this season.

Bobrovsky won his first game since Dec. 29 making 35 saves. He was especially tested late in the contest, but came up big with the Hurricanes looking to tie the score.

The victory not only gave Bobrovsky a win, his 37th as a Flyer, it is also coach Peter Laviolette’s 100th with the club.

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