Bobrovsky Stays Hot For Second Game In A Row; Flyers Defeat Islanders 3-2
For the second game in a row, Sergei Bobrovsky was depended upon to hang on to a 1-goal lead late in the game.
For the second game in a row, he was up to task.
Bobrovsky put on a goaltending clinic in Long Island Thursday night, leading his team to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders, a team that he has never lost to in his young career.
The Islanders were in control for the majority of this matchup, peppering the Flyers net with 35 goals as compared to the Flyers’ 22. The lack of offense required Bobrovsky to step up, and he did so with flying colors.
He was on his way to his first career shutout and the team’s second of the season when Kyle Okposo scored twenty-two seconds into the third period.
By that point, the Flyers were already up 2-0, thanks to goals by Scott Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds.
The Flyers tacked on their third goal when Sean Couturier sent a wrister past Evgeni Nabokov with less than two minutes to go in the third period. It looked like they would end this one with a two-goal lead until John Tavares scored a backhander with sixteen seconds left.
Even with the late rush by the Islanders, Bobrovsky was able to stave them off, and improved his stellar record against the Islanders to 7-0-0, with a goals-against average of 1.86.
Whereas the Flyers defense was a major issue in the game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night, the offense didn’t seem to have much going tonight. They went over thirteen minutes without taking a shot and only took five in the second period.
Lucky for them, their shot attempts were more successful than New York’s were, thanks to Bobrovsky.
His season record improved to 10-3-1 after tonight’s win, and his brilliant play has to make people wonder if the Flyers aren’t going to start depending on him more often.
Flyers fans know all too well about “goalie controversies,” but they may be witnessing one right now.
Ilya Bryzgalov was touted as a highly-skilled goaltender and signed a huge contract with the team, but has been outplayed by Bobrovsky in almost every sense.
Does this mean that we’ll be seeing more Bobrovsky in upcoming games? It’s possible, especially if he continued to play at this high level.
A few minor tidbits regarding tonight’s game:
- Scott Hartnell took a Jagr shot off of the inside of his right foot in the first period, but returned after a few shifts and seemed to be fine.
- Max Talbot took a hard hit to the head by Steve Staios late in the third and was down on the ice in a daze for a little while there. Staois was not penalized for the hit, but will more than likely be hearing from Brendan Shanahan over the next few days.
The Flyers will head to Nashville next to finish off this current stretch of road games. They hope to continue their impressive play on the road against the Predators on Saturday.