Bobrovsky Comes Up Huge For Flyers In Long Island

12 Jan

The legend of Sergei Bobrovsky was first introduced in Philadelphia when the Flyers signed him two years ago. Bob’s performance hasn’t always been worthy of the legend, but Thursday night on Long Island the goalie seemed, well, legendary. He was the difference as the Flyers got past the Islanders, 3-2.

Bobrovsky got his second consecutive win, coming off a 35-save winning performance over the Carolina Hurricanes. The 23-year-old has created somewhat of a goalie controversy with his play recently. He’s now played 10-3-1 on the year and has made appearances in 17 games; that’s probably more time off than Ilya Bryzgalov was expecting to have.

Early on Bobrovsky showed why Peter Laviolette’s move to go with the hot hand was a good one. Michael Grabner earned a penalty shot at 2:49 of the first period and went low on Bobrovsky, where the Russian had an answer with his blocker.

Bobrovsky saved all of the 12 shots he faced in the first period and the Flyers got him the lead when Scott Hartnell tipped in a Jaromir Jagr offering on the power play for his 19th goal of the season.

Wayne Simmonds added to the Flyers’ lead in the second period when he caught Evgeni Nabokov off guard and got the puck back to Kimmo Timonen. Timonen’s slapshot hit the back boards where it was left for Simmonds. The winger threw it on net, where it bounced off the skate of Nabokov who was still not settled properly, and it went in for his first goal in nine games.

In the third period, Sean Couturier made it three straight games with a goal, showing why he was selected to the Rookie All-Star game. He sniped a shot from the left wing on Nabokov.

It was a rare rush in Islander territory in the third period. Most of the play was in front of the crease of Bobrovsky. He allowed two goals in the final period. One was in close on Kyle Okposo. The other was in the final minute by John Tavares. Bobrovsky made 33 saves on the night to give the Flyers another road victory and another win over the Islanders.

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