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November 8 Camden Courier-Post:
“No one would have questioned Peter Laviolette if he had given rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky a rest against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals Sunday night in the nation’s capital.
After all, the 22-year-old Russian had just started six straight games and had faced 32 shots the night before in a hard-fought win on Long Island.
And veteran Brian Boucher was itching to get his first start since Oct. 25.
But if there is one thing Laviolette has shown in his first full year as Flyers coach, it’s that he’ll ride a hot goalie as long as he’ll take him.
“It wasn’t a tough decision,” Laviolette said after Bobrovsky and the Flyers saw their six-game win streak ended in a 3-2 overtime loss at the Verizon Center. “He’s been playing very well. He’s not an 18-year-old kid.
Although he’s new to this league he’s got a couple years of pro under him and all signs have been that he’ll be steady and I thought he played a steady game and gave us a chance to win.”
The Flyers coughed up a pair of one-goal leads and fell victim to the Capitals when Mike Green scored a power-play goal 29 seconds into overtime on a rising slapshot from the right point. Green’s goal came with Flyers defenseman Sean O’Donnell in the box for boarding and gave the Capitals (10-4-0)their fourth straight win.
The Flyers (9-4-2) lost for the first time since Oct. 25 and now share the NHL lead in points with the Capitals with 20.
November 8 Camden Courier-Post:
“A month ago, Flyers second-year left wing James van Riemsdyk looked like a young man on a mission.
Five pounds stronger and a step faster than he was as a rookie last season, van Riemsdyk was coming off a solid exhibition season that produced two goals, one assist, 19 shots and a plus-3 rating in six games.
When he started the season on a line with Claude Giroux and Nik Zherdev and picked up three assists in his first four games it looked like van Riemsdyk was on the right course. But he’s managed just one assist in nine games since then and his lack of production has landed him on the scratch sheet the last two nights.
Could the Flyers be contemplating assigning van Riemsdyk to the AHL Adirondack Phantoms for the first time since the end of the 2008-09 season? Today general manager Paul Holmgren will decide whether to send van Riemsdyk or rookie Eric Wellwood back to the Phantoms before the Flyers board their flight to North Carolina.
Van Riemsdyk declined comment after the Flyers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals Sunday night, but his teammates talked openly about the winger’s struggles.
“I went through exactly the same thing,” said center Danny Briere, who bounced around the minors his first four seasons as a pro. “It took me a long time to figure it out. I made the mistake of, when they sent me down, I started pouting and I started looking elsewhere to deflect the blame and that’s the worst thing you can do.
“What’s important to him is to go back to work on his game.
November 8 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“It wasn’t the result the road-weary Flyers wanted – a 3-2, overtime defeat to the Washington Capitals on Sunday – but they could take some satisfaction in the outstanding play of rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
“I guess you could say that Bob got us three points this weekend,” defenseman Chris Pronger said.
Bobrovsky, 22, was outstanding in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Islanders, and he made a career-high 36 saves – several of the acrobatic variety – to enable the Flyers to salvage a point Sunday.
Washington won it on defenseman Mike Green’s power-play goal – a drive from the high slot with traffic in front – 29 seconds into overtime, ending the Flyers‘ six-game winning streak.
The win gave the Caps 20 points, the same number as the Flyers atop the Eastern Conference. Washington has played one fewer game.
“It was not our best hockey . . . but to get three points out of four” for the weekend “is pretty good,” Pronger said.
Braden Holtby, a 21-year-old goalie making his first NHL start, made 23 saves to notch the win. The Flyers, who got goals from a revived Nik Zherdev and Ville Leino, did not apply much pressure except in the third period.
Holtby contributed some good stickwork in the Caps’ fourth straight win. They are 5-0 in overtime games, while the Flyers are 0-2.
“He helps us out so much more on the back end,” said Green, whose team won 57 percent of the face-offs. “It’s almost like a third defenseman out there.”
The Flyers were stymied in a bid for their first seven-game winning streak since 2002. Despite his sensational effort, Bobrovsky failed to equal the franchise’s rookie record of seven straight wins, set by Pelle Lindbergh in 1982-83.
November 8 Philadelphia Daily News:
“For a player who posted 90 points in two collegiate seasons, Andreas Nodl wanted to make a splash in the NHL the way most scorers want to – by scoring goals.
Instead, his assignments during his first few NHL call-ups – a limited role in the defensive end – have enabled Nodl, 23, to earn a full-time job.
Nodl wasn’t flashy, fancy or even noticeable, just steady. He was even criticized for not showing the offensive side of his game, some calling him Andreas “No-Goal,” despite not being paired with top-end talent or given the ice time to produce points.
Now in his third pro season, Nodl has earned the trust of Flyers coach Peter Laviolette for his willingness to do the dirty work.
“I like his reliability,” Laviolette said. “He is a reliable player. He does the right thing with the puck. He’s strong, he skates and he hits. He seems to have some confidence.
“But I think what you’ve seen over the last couple games is his offensive game coming out a little bit.”
Nodl notched his third goal of the young season on Saturday night, the game-winner in the Flyers‘ 2-1 triumph over the Islanders on Long Island. He contributed an assist in last night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals.
Nodl’s stats become more impressive in light of his ups and downs this season. He was scratched for the first five games, played two games, was scratched twice more, and then missed two games with a shoulder injury. Including last night, Nodl has played just seven games.
“The more games you get into, the more comfortable you get,” Nodl said. “The first year I came in the league [2008-09], I thought my defensive game was OK. I think my offensive skills are getting better and better.””
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