Nov 082010
 
Flyers G Sergei Bobrovsky

Flyers G Sergei Bobrovsky

November 8 Philadelphia Daily News:

“Less than 2 months ago, the Flyers got their first glimpse at the unheralded and largely unknown Sergei Bobrovsky in a meaningless scrimmage between their rookies and the Capitals’ rookies in suburban Washington.

There was no Alex Ovechkin, no Alex Semin – and no other breathtaking Russians.

Last night, playing for keeps, Bobrovsky nearly single-handedly slayed Ovechkin and Semin – idols in his home country. He probably would have if not for penalties to Chris Pronger and Sean O’Donnell in the waning seconds of regulation.

Either way, as the Flyers left Washington with a 3-2 overtime loss, Bobrovsky left with everyone knowing his name. He bailed the Flyers out on countless breakdowns and kept Ovechkin off the score sheet.

“He’s a good, solid goalie,” Ovechkin said. “He made some big saves. I don’t think we made hard shots for him. We didn’t create enough chances in front of his net. But he is pretty good.”

Although the Flyers‘ winning streak was snapped at six games, they gobbled up three of a possible four points this weekend and are tied with Washington for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Bobrovsky fell one win short of the team record for a winning streak with the same rookie goaltender in net, set with Pelle Lindbergh in net. And his 36 saves on 39 shots were a career high. Somehow, Bobrovsky was not chosen as one of the official three stars of the game.

“I guess you could say ‘Bob’ got us three points this weekend,” Pronger said. “Not our best hockey, but there was a lot of stuff we did well and a lot of stuff we can work on. To get three points out of four is pretty good.”

The Flyers held leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but each time the Capitals had an answer. Washington controlled the play for long stretches, until the Flyers – who played Saturday night on Long Island – were able to kick it into gear in the third period.

With the game knotted, 2-2, Pronger was whistled for a double-minor high-sticking penalty with just 3:55 to play. O’Donnell gave the Flyers a two-man disadvantage with 19 seconds left.

“We fought hard for that one point,” Mike Richards said. “I thought we probably could have played better, but ‘Bob’ kept us in the game. He had some big saves.”

None was bigger than in the final 19 seconds. Bobrovsky turned aside point-blank opportunities from both Ovechkin and Semin, finding some way to get a pad on Semin’s near empty-net chance.”

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