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November 17 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“The Flyers received mixed news on the injury front Tuesday.
Winger Dan Carcillo’s sprained left knee – suffered in Monday’s 5-1 win over Ottawa – is worse than suspected, and he will be sidelined for three weeks. Carcillo underwent an MRI exam on Tuesday.
On the positive side, goalie Michael Leighton visited surgeon Alex Vaccaro and was cleared for all activities on the ice.
Leighton, rehabilitating after back surgery, originally was expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. Based on that estimate, the earliest he would return is Monday.
Leighton said the doctor did not give him a timetable for his return on Tuesday.
Before he comes back, Leighton said, he must build strength in his left ankle. “Part of my foot is weak and has no energy,” he said, adding that the pain that was shooting down his back and leg caused damage to his ankle. “I just have to keep rehabbing it and see how it goes.”
When Leighton returns, the Flyers will have a logjam at goaltender. The team is likely to send Brian Boucher to the Phantoms in the AHL, provided he clears waivers.
Sergei Bobrovsky started his 11th consecutive game Tuesday against Montreal. The 22-year-old rookie began the night tied for the NHL lead with 11 wins, fifth in save percentage (.934), and sixth in goals-against average (2.01).
Only four other rookie goalies in Flyers history have started more consecutive games: Tommy Soderstrom and Antero Niittymaki, each with 18 straight; Pelle Lindbergh with 16; and Ron Hextall with 12.”
Spongebob soaks up wins for Philly
November 17 Montreal Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs:
“Sometimes, at age 22 years and two months, a National Hockey League goaltender doesn’t know any better.
He doesn’t know he’s not supposed to go 11-2-1 in his first 14 games. No one’s told him he’s not supposed to have a .934 save percentage, a 2.01 average, or rank first in the league in goalie wins, fifth in percentage and sixth in goals against.
He doesn’t know that every puck is supposed to seem the size of a pea; that every shot comes harder, quicker and more finely aimed than anything he’s seen.
That Philadelphia Flyers phenom Sergei Bobrovsky speaks only a few words of English might not hurt. He’s surely not dazzled by the press clippings he cannot read.
And Bobrovsky is probably blissfully ignorant of his team’s goaltending history: some brilliance, but a whole lot more patchwork quilt that at times has been so ugly, it must have been stolen from Kate Smith’s 1970s wardrobe.
The rookie netminder -Bob for short -is standing his city and parts of a league on its collective helmet, playing unthinkably good goal for a club that came to the Bell Centre last night with a 9-0-1 record in its 10 most recent games.
Alas, no one’s perfect. The Canadiens would hand Bobrovsky only his third regulation-time loss of the season, Habs netminder Carey Price outduelling him with 41 saves to the Flyer’s 28 in Montreal’s 3-0 victory, its fourth straight.
Undrafted, signed to an entry-level contract last May, Bobrovsky will earn $900,000 this year with the possibility of doubling that with performance bonuses. He might already have reached those.
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November 17 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Looking back at his first nine games of the season, Kimmo Timonen can’t remember a stretch as offensively fruitless in his entire 12-year NHL career.
Through that stretch, Timonen did not collect a single point – a rarity for a defenseman who has twice broken 50 points in a season.
As a whole, the Flyers‘ defense had struggled to pick up points. No defenseman scored in the Flyers‘ first 10 games; the Flyers and Los Angeles were the last two NHL teams to not have a goal from a defenseman.
It’s amazing what a difference 3 weeks can make.
Timonen has 11 points in the Flyers‘ 11 games since Oct. 26.
“It’s a funny game that way sometimes,” Timonen said.
A big reason for the change has been the Flyers‘ power play, which started the season 3-for-35 in the first eight games. Since then, the power play has cruised at 33 percent efficiency, converting on 14 of 42 opportunities, before last night’s dismal 0-for-6 effort.
“If the power play is working, usually a defenseman will get his points,” Timonen said. “It wasn’t working at the start of the season and now it’s working pretty well. To be honest, I don’t think we were playing bad, we just weren’t getting any breaks.
“And when you aren’t getting any breaks, you aren’t getting any points. As a team, we’ve been playing more solid. It’s a combination of a lot of things.”
Going into last night, the power play has climbed from 25th in the NHL all the way up to eighth, one-tenth of a percentage point from seventh place place and last year’s top power play in Washington.
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