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Sergei Bobrovsky Answers Call Again

Sergei BobrovskySergei Bobrovsky is something and someone that people just can’t understand where he came from. Coming into camp the Philadelphia Flyers knew he was something special. He was making solid stops at camp, and players knew they had to keep quiet and not make a big deal about Mr. Sergei or the league would start to buzz. Bobrovsky was given the task of taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins on opening night of the season, and not an easy task.

He took it head on and showed the league he was for real. With one more big test in site, Flyers Coach Peter Laviolette decided to give Bobrovsky the start in another big, emotion filled night with him starting in the Flyers Home Opener against the young Colorado Avalanche. This was also a night that the Flyers raised their Eastern Conference Championship Banner. There was a lot of emotion on the night, with players present like Ian Laperriere whom got a huge ovation and we even saw Ian get a little emotional himself. After the ceremonies were finished, it was time to see if Bobrovsky was for real.

The Philadelphia Flyers were the 2nd most penalized team in the NHL coming into the game, and started the game off in fashion with a penalty on Scott Hartnell for Too Many Men On The Ice. Dan Carcillo served the penalty for the Flyers. Mike Richards had a break away, but Colorado Goalie Craig Anderson made a good save on him. Shortly after Richard’s chance, Claude Giroux received a break away and made a beautiful deke on a backhand to score a Short Handed goal for the Flyers. Five minutes later in the game Mike Richards received a Slashing penalty, which put the Flyers down a man once again. Just as the penalty was ending Jeff Carter was on a break away and also scored back handed on a beautiful deke.

The Flyers are now showing to be very deadly on the penalty kill, especially with the likes of Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, and Claude Giroux around the blue line. The Flyers went into the 2nd period with a 2 goal lead, and Bobrovsky had minimal work. During the 2nd period Colorado out played the Flyers, and created more chances then in the 1st period. Brandon Yipp scored for Colorado on a sloppy play by Scott Hartnell in the Flyers own zone. Yipp got the puke and beat Bobrovsky over his shoulder, which has rarely happened so far this season. The Flyers held on to their 2-1 lead in the 2nd period, and they knew they had to play a hard 3rd period to get the win.

Coming out of the gate into the 3rd period, Milan Hejduk scored a goal that Bobrovsky would save probably 8 out of 10 times. It just made it through his body, and trickled into the net to tie the game at 2. Seconds later, Scott Hartnell received another penalty for tripping. There was a lot of chances by both teams in the 3rd, and Bobrovsky was excellent. With only minutes remaining in the game, Jeff Carter scored his 2nd goal of the night to bring the Flyers ahead 3-2. Jeff Carter then received a penalty for Goalie Interference, and at the same time Colorado Goalie Craig Anderson embellished the contact with Carter and he too received a penalty for Diving.

My question was how can Jeff Carter be penalized for a goalie diving? While the play was now 4 on 4, Colorado pulled their goalie for a man advantage hoping to even the game at 3. Darroll Powe had other ideas, and scored on the empty net to bring the Flyers ahead 4-2. Colorado had only seconds left, and the Flyers did win behind their new Rookie sensation Goalie in Sergei Bobrovsky 4-2. He answered all questions if you ask me, but I truly think that the next big test, would be to put him back in net on October 16th against the Penguins one more time, and see what he can do at home against one of the best teams in the NHL. Coach Peter Laviolette, and General Manager Paul Holmgren have a lot of questions to answer, and Back Up Goalie Brian Boucher has some soul searching to do. Both goalies will get more time, but who will be given the spot? Do the Flyers feel that confident in the Russian Rookie?

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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