Nov 192010
Flyers G Sergei Bobrovsky

Flyers G Sergei Bobrovsky

November 19:

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Flyers lose ‘crazy’ game

November 19 Camden Courier-Post:

“Years from now, when Sergei Bobrovsky is in a rocking chair, he will tell his grandchildren about the night of Nov. 18, 2010.

Not so much about being yanked for the first time in his NHL career after allowing four goals on 11 shots by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Or playing a brief role in the third hat trick of Steven Stamkos’ brilliant career.

Or even the fact an arena full of fans gobbled up more than 20,000 frankfurters on something Americans call Dollar Dog Night.

No, he will re-tell the story about how a guy named Brett Clark hammered a shot so hard it went THROUGH the net, leaving black rubber marks on the twine behind him.

It was that kind of night Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center, where four goalies combined to allow 15 goals on just 64 shots in an 8-7 victory by the frighteningly dangerous Lightning.

The loss was the Flyers‘ second in a row and first at home since Oct. 21, ending a seven-game win streak at the Center.

The shootout featured 29 different players recording at least a point — including five each by Stamkos and Marty St. Louis. But the goal that mattered most came from an unlikely source when center Nate Thompson shoveled a Dana Tyrell rebound under Brian Boucher 5 minutes, 19 seconds into the final period, breaking a 7-7 tie.

“It was crazy,” said Flyers forward Andreas Nodl, who started the avalanche of goals with his fourth of the season at the 4:21 mark of the opening period. “Every time I looked up somebody scored.”

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Goalie decision debated

November 19 Camden Courier-Post:

“Without the benefit of hindsight, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette defended his decision to give Russian rookie Sergei Bobrovsky his 12th consecutive start Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Grilled by reporters before the game, Laviolette said he had no reservations about giving Bobrovsky his third start in four nights.

“I talked to Bob (Wednesday), and he said he felt pretty good,” Laviolette said. “He had a day off. You worry about fatigue with all your players. Defensemen play 27 minutes and are out there battling. We had a day off, a break; we come in here fresh.”

Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 28 shots in a 3-0 loss in Montreal, then allowed four goals on 11 shots in the first period against the Lightning and was replaced by Brian Boucher.

“Was he tired after the Montreal game? Well, he should be,” Laviolette said. “We traveled through the night. We didn’t get in until late. You don’t go to bed until 4 (in the morning). I’m sure a lot of our guys are tired.”

Bad blood

Monday night’s rematch against the Montreal Canadiens at the Wells Fargo Center should be a doozy.

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Flyers’ Boucher will take any work he can get

November 19 Philadelphia Daily News:

“BRIAN BOUCHER was getting lonely on the Flyers‘ bench.

Prior to being pressed into service last night to start the second period – after the Flyers and Lightning combined to tie a franchise record with nine goals in the first period – Boucher had not seen the ice since Oct. 25, during which Sergei Bobrovsky reeled off 12 starts in a row.

Only Montreal, Minnesota, Dallas and Washington had started their backup goaltender less than the Flyers. And Washington has been without goaltender Semyon Varlamov for most of the season; he was likely to split most of the action with Michael Neuvirth.

It was particularly lonely for Boucher on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, where the backup goaltender is forced to sit by himself in the team’s tunnel due a lack of space on the bench.

“It’s tough enough as it is,” Boucher said. “But there, it’s even tougher. It gets you away from the bench, you aren’t interacting with your teammates, you don’t have any feel for the game or what’s going on.”

Nashville, Carolina, San Jose, Tampa Bay and Phoenix are just some of the other arenas in the NHL where there isn’t enough room for the goaltender. In Montreal, Boucher sits unprotected near a security guard, just a few feet away from fans – who can be harassing at times.

“You almost feel like a spectator yourself,” Boucher said.

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Flyers come out on losing end of ‘weird game’ against Tampa Bay

November 19 Philadelphia Daily News:

“JODY SHELLEY could not remember seeing anything like it.

Brian Boucher called it the weirdest game of his career.

By every accounting method, the numbers – 15 goals between both teams, nine combined goals in the first period, 15 out of 18 Flyers picking up at least one point – were staggering.

But those numbers weren’t as shocking as the Flyers blowing a two-goal lead three times, as they were outgunned by the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning, 8-7, in one of the most wild games in recent memory.

Steven Stamkos, who leads the NHL in scoring, roasted the Flyers with a hat trick. It’s hard to imagine what the score would have been if Tampa Bay also had Vinny Lecavalier and Simon Gagne in the lineup.

Somehow, fans were clamoring for more – a shootout. But they left the Wells Fargo Center disappointed when Kimmo Timonen’s point blast as time expired was swatted away by Mike Smith. It seemed like one of the few shots that didn’t find its way to the back of the net.

Last night tied a 26-year-old franchise record for most goals in a losing effort, which last occurred in a 9-7 loss to Hartford on Feb. 25, 1984.

“It was a weird game,” Shelley said. “We thought we were in control. We let them back in the game, they scored two quick ones and then it just kept going all night like that. It was really strange.

“It’s so disappointing. We let it slip. We started to get too frustrated with different things and that’s exactly what they wanted.”

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