Turnovers Hurting Bobrovsky
Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t had the best luck during his time with the Flyers.
Last season, he won the starting goaltender job out of camp and registered an impressive 28-13-8 record during the regular season.
Then, the playoffs came around and Bobrovsky was benched more times than his total amount of wins.
During the offseason, the Flyers invested nine years into Ilya Bryzgalov, effectively ending Bobrovsky’s role as ‘goalie of the future’.
And as if all that wasn’t stressful enough, the Flyers are starting to add turnovers to Bob’s long list of frustrations.
On Monday night, the Flyers dominated the Carolina Hurricanes for long stretches of the game.
It’s something Philadelphia has become accustomed to.
Since 2007-08, the Flyers have gone 15-1-2 against Carolina. To add insult to injury, the Flyers have killed off 26 consecutive penalties against the Canes; a streak that goes back to the beginning of last season.
While the Flyers continued to build their growing resume against their woeful opponent, the team also managed to develop a far less impressive trend.
All three of Carolina’s goals originated from Philadelphia turnovers.
The first goal came in the waning moments of the first. James van Riemsdyk bobbled a pass while the Flyers were working the perimeter on a power play. James Dwyer picked up the loose puck and turned it up ice.
Following a 2-on-1 break with Eric Staal, Dwyer pulled the Hurricanes within one.
The second goal came when Kimmo Timonen attempted a pass to van Riemsdyk in the neutral zone. The forward tried to deflect the puck into the Carolina zone but was not aware that Jamie Mcbain was standing behind him.
Mcbain blocked the attempted deflection, which ultimately led to a 3-on-2 into the Philadelphia zone that brought the Canes within two.
The third goal came on a penalty shot by Dwyer but the play originated when Jaromir Jagr attempted to throw a pass to the point during a power play. Dwyer intercepted the errant pass and turned it up ice on the way to drawing the penalty shot attempt.
Unfortunately, this game is not an isolated incident.
One would only have to look as far back as Bobrovsky’s last start for an example of Flyers turnovers getting the best of them.
Against New Jersey, the team blew two separate leads on the way to a 4-3 shootout loss.
All three of the Devils goals originated from a defensive zone turnover. The most egregious of which came when Matt Carle threw a puck right into the center of the slot late in the third period that resulted in the game-tying goal.
Bobrovsky has allowed six goals in his last two starts, all of which began with a turnover by one of his teammates.
In total, the Flyers have 138 giveaways this season, the ninth most of any team in the league. Combine that with their league leading penalty totals and a serious problem begins to develop.
When good teams are given extra-man advantages, they capitalize on the opportunity.
While the Flyers were able to pull out a win against a less than competitive Carolina club, their luck may not be as present against more formidable foes.