Bobrovsky, Flyers open the season in impressive fashion
This is why I love sports, you just never know what’s going to happen. Thursday night, the Flyers traveled to Pittsburgh to battle with their fiercest rival.
The orange and black started rookie goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky against arguably the best team in the east. Common sense would say that the Pens would have their way with us, but as the saying goes, “that’s why they play the game”
“Bob” stopped 29 of 31 shots as the Flyers spoiled the opening of the new Consol Energy Center with a 3-2 win. What impressed me most was the quality of shots that Bobrovsky stopped. There were numerous “edge of your seat” type saves that showed why coach Peter Laviolette trusted the young Russian with the season opening start.
It wasnt all Bobrovsky though. The defense (playing without Chris Pronger) played great, holding the dynamic duo of Crosby and Malkin to zero points and clearing the puck away from the crease of Bobrovsky on several occasions.
Danny Briere, Claude Giroux, & Blair Betts netted the three Flyer goals
3 stars of the game:
1-Sergei Bovrovsky- What else can you say? His 1st regular season start in North America & he played with the calm of a 10 year vet. He proved the doubters (myself included) wrong
2-The entire Flyers defense All the excuses were built-in; no Pronger, rookie goalie, facing Crosby and Malkin on the road, but they stood tall as a collective group, helping the orange & black to a very impressive opening win.
3-Claude Giroux- He scored the eventual game winning goal short-handed on a steal from Paul Martin, then he made Pens goalie Marc Andre Fleury look silly with a move that you usually only see in a video game. He reminds me a lot of what Peter Forsberg was in his prime.
The season couldn’t have started any better for the Flyers. They’ll try to keep the momentum going Saturday night against St Louis. Continue to check in at “Faceoff with Chris” on PhilaPhans for all your Flyers related news.