The Philadelphia Flyers came to my end of the globe last night and faced off with the Florida Panthers for the second time this season.
It made for a good contest and with each game the young blood on this squad continues to bust to life while the veterans are definitely present to show them the ropes. The Flyers have now gotten a goal from a rookie in 11 of their last 13 games, including eight of their last nine.
Only four giveaways came from the Flyers in this contest and that makes for fewer than 10 giveaways in six consecutive games. It feels like it is coming together for this newly built squad over the last odd season. But the looming issue of improving the defense does still linger some. Both goals scored on Bobrovsky were tight double teamed threats with maybe one Flyer defensemen in the mix at all.
Bobrovsky appeared for a start in net—which many fans would prefer to see. Personally, I do think Bob should gain more starts or play time…period; but that is another article to come. The defense still needs to aid their net minders much better than they have (sound familiar?).
An early goal in the first period for the Panthers, from Samuelsson [M. Samuelsson (PPG, 02:49 - 1st)] set for a less than confident start for fans watching the game, but Bobrovsky and the boys did bounce back shortly thereafter. Brayden Schenn [B. Schenn (PPG, 10:35 - 1st)] answered back about ten minutes later with a power play goal to tie things up and the recently hot Jakub Voracek [J. Voracek (17:59 - 1st)] sealed a lead closing the first period.
Second period showed a more level Bob in net and the action was at a slow start. Mr. Fleischman [T. Fleischmann (15:40 - 2nd)] struck first for the Panthers to tie things up early in and the game remained tied from this point on.
The third period was rather uneventful and the game went into OT. Unable to seal the deal in the five minutes of overtime took the Flyers into a shootout position which had not been successful for them to seal a win since March 19, 2011 in Dallas, a win that battled for 12 rounds.
The shootout brought on the likes of: Versteeg and Weiss for Florida…which Bob was stellar in shutting down. Bobrovsky did save this shootout; however, it was Claude Giroux [C. Giroux (00:00 - SO)] who revived from his short slump as of late with the winning shootout goal to bring the Flyers to another win.
Sergei Bobrovsky received first star honors for stopping 23 of 25 to bring the Flyers' 3-2 win and a full two points in a shootout inSouth Florida heading into the All-Star break. He closed with a little song and dance that lived virally on social media for hours after the win.
The Flyers return to action following the upcoming break hosting Winnipegat home on January 31st, puck drops at 7:00 p.m.