Jan 13, 2012, 12:54 AM EDT
It wasn’t pretty up on Long Island, but the Flyers escaped with a 3-2 win in a brilliant performance by Sergei Bobrovsky. Scott Hartnell, Wayne Simmonds, and Sean Couturier each scored, with the third being the definition of a necessary insurance goal.
Bob was the story almost from the start in this one, stopping a penalty shot just a few minutes in. On that and most other shots, he had perfect positioning, square to the shooter and quick with his reactions. The Islanders didn’t look like the worst scoring team in the conference, notching 35 shots, some of pretty solid quality. Bob carried a shutout through two periods, but finally conceded a pair in the third, including one with just 16 seconds left.
Fortunately, Couturier had given the Flyers a 3-1 lead at the 18:30 mark, again a familiar looking goal. Video highlights below.
Snub or just “good player not yet named to All-Star team,” Hartnell continued to make his case, opening the scoring. His goal was pretty nice too, but the assist by Jaromir Jagr really made it happen. Watch this needle threadin’.
Wayne Simmonds made it 2-0 with a somewhat laughable goal. Evgeni Nabokov and his defense had some communications issues and made a poor play on the puck. Simmonds gathered a Kimmo Timonen shot attempt and headed to the corner, and no one really followed him. In addition to creating the initial havoc behind the net, give Hartnell an unofficial assist on what happened next, as Simmer said he yelled “back door,” perhaps noticing that Nabokov failed to seal his near post. Watch how far behind the goal line Simmonds was when he took this one.
Kyle Okposo continued his strong season against the Flyers though, scoring his third goal in two games. Bastard ruined Bob’s bid for the shutout.
Cooter answered with his third goal in as many games and eighth on the season, which should look familiar if you checked out yesterday’s post.
Not much reason he shouldn’t feel comfortable with taking that shot these days, eh?
John Tavares once again brought the Isles to within one, but the clock was on our side with just 16 seconds left.
The big story in this one was Bob though. He was involved early an often, stopping 33, perhaps none more memorable than this:
Will he get the start again on Saturday in Nashville?
The Isles wore those awful Mets jerseys again. Did they need a new reason for people not to buy their gear?
Max Talbot took a Steve Staios elbow to the head, and he stayed hunched over on the ice until the whistle blew. No word yet on how his head’s doing, but Staios might get himself a Shanny vid.
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